Warm Bodies

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Name: Warm Bodies
Creator: Isaac Marion
novels release
October 14, 2010
films release
January 16, 2013 (Rome premiere)
February 1, 2013
Medium: Novel, Film, Television
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Warm Bodies Series at GoodReads
at Wikipedia (novel)
at IMDb (film)
at Wikipedia (film)
Official Website (film)
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Warm Bodies is a post-apocalyptic zombie novel by author Isaac Marion, was described as a "zombie romance" and makes allusions to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.[1][2] The author originally wrote a short story titled "I Am a Zombie Filled with Love".



R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.


Written and Directed by Jonathan Levine, Warm Bodies is a 2013 American paranormal romantic[3][4] zombie comedy film which is inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.[5]

The film focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie (Palmer), a young woman, and "R" (Hoult), a zombie, and how their eventual romance develops, causing R to slowly return to human form. The film is noted for displaying human characteristics in zombie characters, and for being told from a zombie's perspective.[6][7]


The Warm Bodies fandom grew exponentially with the production of the film and consequently the publication of the prequel and sequel books. Which led to a small but considerable number of fanworks at AO3 are tagged like a Warm Bodies AUs. Most of these works are also Zombie Apocalypse AUs, while others are set in universes where zombies canonically exist, such as The Walking Dead.

The fandom's most popular shipping is Julie/R following book and movie canon. In smaller numbers we have shipping Perry/R.

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  1. ^ Damian, Lisa (May 2, 2011). "Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Archived from the original on 2020-07-06. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Shawl, Nisi (May 5, 2011). "'Warm Bodies': Isaac Marion's novel of zombie love". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "Warm Bodies – /Film". slashfilm.com. Archived from the original on 2022-05-06. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Busis, Hillary (December 3, 2012). "'Warm Bodies' trailer 2: The lighter side of a zombie apocalypse". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2014-10-20. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Chitwood, Adam. "8 New Images from WARM BODIES Featuring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, and Rob Corddry". Collider.Com. Archived from the original on 2020-08-09. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  6. ^ Costanza Ashley, Justine (January 31, 2013). "Warm Bodies: 5 Things To Know About The Zombie Love Story". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 2022-02-07. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Roeper, Richard (January 31, 2013). "Warm Bodies". Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago. Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved February 5, 2013.