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Warm Bodies

Film vs. Novel

Warms Bodies, the film and the novel, are two different works and should be perceived as that. They draw many differences for many different reasons. When looking at film, they have a time constraint in which they must follow. They cannot include every aspect of the novel into the film but they can try their best to include what is most important.  When attempting to find what is important to include in the film, they lose a sense of what is important to the reader.

One thing they left out when looking at the film, was the importance of the Boneys and how they rule over the zombies. In the film, the zombies look at the Boney’s and ignore them as they look for their own food to feast on. In the novel, they would build things for the Boney’s and perform rituals with them. In the film, they do not associate themselves with the Boney’s and are a separated group when addressing them. When the zombies start to recover, the Boney’s scare them out but do not exactly kick them out.

Another key part of the novel that they left out of the film was the marriage of R to the zombie women. With the Boney’s not having a major role in the movie, they do not talk about how they construct the marriages and force it upon the zombies. They also left out the fact that he had children in which he took care of. They substituted the fact that he has children with these two zombie kids who happen to appear in scenes they were included in the novel.  An example would be when Julie and him are in the car riding around. We see the two zombie children watching from a distance when in the novel they would be in the backseat trying to bite Julie. The significance of these scenes shows the structure of zombie life but with taking it out, they make R look they have no connection to living anymore. In the novel, the significance of him being married with children shows that they still had human qualities even though they were no longer living.

Looking at both of the scenes, they were important pieces in the novel. Warm Bodies the film does not seem to need any of the scenes they took out because it is an entire different work. They change who Z is in which he appears younger. So if he was married and a father, it would look unusual because he is perceived to be young instead of a business man. Since they cut out the importance of the Boney’s, it fits better for the ending of the movie when Julie’s father survives. The Boney’s do not seem as powerful as they do in the novel. Both scenes they take out are logical for the movie they wanted to produce. It ended up working out for the best in the end.


Work Cited:

 Marion, Isaac. Warm Bodies: A Novel. New York: Atria, 2011. Print.

Warm Bodies. Dir. Jonathan Levine. Summit Entertainment. 2013. Amazon Prime.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies tells the story of the dead living and trying to feed their hunger through those who are also just trying to stay alive. The story circles through the thoughts of a conscious zombie who has a vivid mind but a blurred speech. The only thing he can remember of his past is the first letter of his name is R. He travels and hunts with a group of other zombies in which he meets the first human he wants to save. When eating her boyfriends brain, he starts to develop the same feelings the boyfriend previously had. With those feelings, he saves Julie and decides to get to know her with fighting the urge to eat her. As we observe the relationship between R and Julie, it becomes complex and unheard of. He protects her and looks out for her with no reasoning behind it.Julie and R’s relationship show the stigma behind an illnesses/diseases as someone who is infected and someone who is not.

One scene that shows an allegory for contagion and disease is the scene between Julie and R in the restaurant. Julie says, “You never done this before, have you? Taken a human home alive?” (Marion 42). R then says, “I shake my head apologetically, but I wince at her use of the word “human”. I’ve never liked that differentiation. She is Living and I’m Dead, but I’d like to believe we’re both human. Call me an idealist.”(Marion 42). In this scene, Julie sees herself as entitled because she is not one of the dead. She no longer calls him human, even though he is a human who no longer possesses life. Sometimes people are not infected with a disease or illness do not have a similar outlook to those who do. They may not say they are not “human” but they do treat them as if they are beneath them because of their illness. Even though he shows human characteristics such as compassion and kindness, she cannot get past the disease/illness that has taken over his body. This reminds me of how those with HIV/AIDS were treated in the essay Death Before Dying. In the article, it shows how people who are infected with  HIV/AIDS are treated as a burden and not as a human but as a corpse. This can be compared to how Julie sees R. She only sees his corpse and not his human qualities. She only sees the disease like those who are not infected in Africa saw the HIV/AIDS in those they once called their friends or family members.

As the story progresses, Julie sees beyond the disease and has close run ins with it when coming in contact with R. She no longer lets the thought of R being a zombie get in her way of interacting with R. She lets the stigma go and she starts to see him as a human. Stigma can break relationships when there is not an understanding of what is happening. Uncertainties are what surround stigma and those who are encountering the disease. If no one knows things about a disease they tend to take caution.  Overall, once the fear of the disease is not a main concern then people are open to the person behind the disease.

Work Cited:

Marion, Isaac. Warm Bodies: A Novel. New York: Atria, 2011. Print.

Niehaus, Isak. “Death before Dying: Understanding AIDS Stigma in the South African Lowveld.” Journal of Southern African Studies .2007.Web

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