Study Guide

Warm Bodies

By Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies Introduction

You have all your windows boarded up. The doors barricaded. You've stocked up on food and batteries, and your shotgun is loaded with plenty of shells to spare. You're ready for the impending zombie apocalypse.

But something's missing: a good book to keep you company.

That's where Warm Bodies comes in. We know what you're thinking. "I've seen Zombieland. The Walking Dead has taken over my DVR. I've played Resident Evil 6 and almost 900 zombie-related games on Kongregate. I've fed on Mira Grant's Newsflesh series. And you're telling me to pick up another zombie story?"

Yes, zombies are hot now, but this zombie is a different kind of hot. In fact, he's kind of cute. Warm and fuzzy, even. He has all his own skin and everything. We wonder if he's got any plans tonight, after he's done chewing on that dude's brain?

Isaac Marion's debut novel is narrated by a zombie named R. He isn't your typical zombie with a single-minded craving for yummy yummy brains, he has thoughts, feelings, a conscience, and most importantly, love. (But, man, those brains sure are tasty.) After falling head over heels for a human named Julie, R starts a chain of events that might change the world forever.

Self-published by Isaac Marion in 2009, Warm Bodies not only caught the attention of a major publisher but Hollywood, too. Warm Bodies officially hit bookstores in 2011 and was adapted for the big screen in 2013 starring Nicholas Hoult, a.k.a. Mr. Jennifer Lawrence 2011-2012. But before you shamble off to the theater to stare blankly at a screen and feast on warm, buttered brains... err, we mean popcorn, grab a copy of Warm Bodies and experience a zombie story with brains and heart.

What is Warm Bodies About and Why Should I Care?

If you crave zombie stories like zombies crave brains, you should have read this book yesterday. But if shambling, decaying, bloodthirsty creatures of horror aren't necessarily your thing, there's still plenty to enjoy about these Warm Bodies.

First and foremost, it's a romantic love story. R's a zombie, which gives him a bit of trouble forming complete sentences. But who among us hasn't gotten tongue-tied when talking to the object of our affections? And while only a select few of us met our girlfriend when we ate her boyfriend's brain in front of her, pretty much all of us have experienced the embarrassment of a bad first impression. 

Warm Bodies is about learning how to express yourself to the one you love, and showing them who you really are on the inside (plus zombies). Although Marion politely disagrees, Warm Bodies appeals to both zombie fanatics and Twi-hards. Who says you can't have love during the zombie apocalypse?

So fortify your barricades and get Warm. Zombies don't seem all that scary after all.

Warm Bodies Resources

Websites

Like a House on Fire
Isaac Marion's personal blog is full of fascinating insight into this guy's brain. And you don't even have to eat it! Go back far enough into the archives, and you can track Warm Bodies' journey from short story to feature-length movie phenomenon. Fair warning: sometimes he swears like a sailor.

Words on Paper
In Warm Bodies the publishing industry no longer exists, but, for now, it does. You can get all the latest on Isaac Marion and Warm Bodies on his publisher's page.

Movie or TV Productions

Shuffling to a Theater Near You
The Warm Bodies website has trailers, summaries, cast photos, and links to everything Warm Bodies related. And you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home. But if you do, bring your shotgun, or at least a bat. You never know when zombies might strike.

The Living Cast
Who's in Warm Bodies? Find out who the Living are that are playing the Dead in the feature film.

Articles and Interviews

Picking the Author's Brain
Reading this interview with Isaac Marion is a lot like reading Warm Bodies in abbreviated form. If he were a zombie, do you think he'd be like R?

Not Another Teen Zombie Movie
Read the book? Now it's time to see the movie. In this interview, director Jonathan Levine says what sets this movie apart from other modern zombie classics like Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead.

A Story for Zombies of All Ages
In this interview, Isaac Marion talks about whether Warm Bodies was intended to be an adult novel or marketed toward young adults. Which section was it in in your bookstore?

Video

About Isaac Marion
About.com snagged an exclusive interview with Isaac Marion at ComiCon in 2011. Like a zombie's unfortunate victim, this video comes in multiple parts, too! Don't miss part two, which is linked under the video.

Four-Minute Death
You can watch the first four minutes of the Warm Bodies movie free online. It's much more enjoyable than actually being chased by zombies for four minutes.

Audio

The Voice of the Dead
Zombies may not be able to read, but at least they can tell a good story. Listen to the audio sample of Warm Bodies on audible.com.

Zombie Songs
Check out the soundtrack for Warm Bodies, complete with videos of all the songs.

Images

A Zombie Unlike Any Other
R doesn't look like other zombies. Seeing Nicholas Hoult play him in the movie, we see what Julie sees in him.

Rated PG-13 for Graphic Design
Warm Bodies has had a couple of different cover designs during its publication history, but this one's our fave. Symbolism!