Warm Bodies was sold to me as ‘the zombie Twilight’. While this would make many roll their eyes and avoid it like a zombie plague, it intrigued me. Zombies are the new vampires, with zombie franchises set to take over the vampire obsession we’ve had since Twilight. Warm Bodies is already set to become a film, so I checked out this much hyped book.
Stephanie Meyer, creator of the massive Twilight saga has given the book her stamp of approval saying “I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie…the most unexpected romantic lead I’ve ever encountered” and she was right.
Zombies seem like the least likely thing you could generate sympathy for (after all they are out to eat our brains), but from the very beginning you care for our narrator R. Isaac Marion has given the classic zombie character thoughts and feelings. Some believe this goes against everything that makes a zombie a zombie, but bare with it, it’s brilliant.
As humans we seem to be obsessed with our demise, and in the post apocalyptic world ravaged by the zombie plague we see how the Living and Dead adapt. We see the very essence of what makes a human but at the same time, we see how it feels for the zombie.