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It's a fact: people don't like change. Fear is a big part of it, then there's the fact that "when you've been doing something a particular way for some time, it must be a good way to do things. And the longer you've been doing it that way, the better it is" (source).

Warm Bodies tackles this head on. There's fear—the Living have isolated themselves in a stadium away from the dead. And then there's something that we humans have been doing since the beginning of time: dying. Warm Bodies decides that dying isn't the only way to do things, even though we've been doing it for a long time, and R and Julie try to change it. We wish them luck, but we're pretty sure death is the one thing that will never change.

Questions About Change

  1. How does R start prompting change in his fellow zombies?
  2. What is it about Julie that makes R—and other zombies—want to change?
  3. Julie says that there was big hope for change when society had a chance to rebuild. What did they want to change, and why did they fail to change it?
  4. Why are the Boneys resistant to change?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

You can't change anything by yourself. Only together do R and Julie manage to create a big change.

Julie ends up changing on a molecular level when she kisses R. Talk about a commitment to the cause.

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