Isaac Marion’s Debut Novel, Warm Bodies, Redefines Zombie Genre

December 19, 2012
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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Warm Bodies

by Isaac Marion
(Emily Bestler Books, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4767-1746-3)

Isaac Marion, debut author of Warm Bodies
Isaac Marion

An exclusive Authorlink AUDIO interview with Isaac Marion

newcomer author of Warm Bodies
January 2013 Authorlink Edition

Now a major motion picture from Summit Entertainment, the studio behind
the blockbuster Twilight series and the upcoming movie Insurgent

Isaac Marion

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Newcomer writer Isaac Marion has a new take on the iconic tale of ROMEO AND JULIET. Sure, ROMEO AND JULIET is the classic love story, but it’s also a story of doomed love.  In his brilliant debut novel, WARM BODIES (Emily Bestler Books; $15.00; December 25, 2012),  Marion takes matters into his own hands and envisions an entirely new ending for two disparate people who triumph through love.

Isaac talks with Authorlink about his writing journey and how he came to create WARM BODIES.

Instead of star-crossed lovers, Isaac's protagonists are an existentially tormented zombie shuffling through a destroyed America and a feisty 19-year-old Living girl.  And what makes their story so different from Shakespeare’s tragic tome is that they aren’t doomed.  In fact, amid the visceral horror of a zombie’s existence and the requisite rending of flesh and brains, they find that with hope, love, and courage, they have the power to change their devastated world.

Isaac Marion is an amazing storyteller who writes from his heart, or from his viscera, as the case may be.  WARM BODIES stems loosely from his short story “I Am a Zombie Filled With Love” which he transformed into a poignant and darkly clever novel that explores the power of hope and optimism—and the idea that we can correct the errors of our history and actually change things for the future.

HOLLYWOOD BELIEVES IN WARM BODIES (and we can see why):

Summit Entertainment hired Jonathan Levine to helm WARM BODIES, based on Isaac Marion's novel by the same name. The film is scheduled to release on February 1, 2013 and will be starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.

(Editor's Note: Though we are not generally fans of zombie fiction, we highly recommend Warm Bodies. Isaac Marion is an incredible new talent with and an evocative voice.)

–Doris Booth

 

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