Overview: In celebration of HBO’s screen adaption premiering this Saturday (starring THE Michael B Jordan), I reread the classic so I can continue to be that annoying friend that interjects every 10 minutes (seconds) informing you “in the book this part was totally different…”
If you can’t remember the 5th grade book report you did on Fahrenheit 451, let me remind you—dystopian novel, books are banned, original thought has been exterminated, and firemen start fires vs. putting them out. Montag (played by my love MBJ) is one of the firemen whose sole assignment is locating and burning any remaining books left in their city. He meets a young girl (it’s platonic), who causes him to ask questions for the first time in a long time—why did the government ban these books? Why are so many people depressed and commit suicide? When did everyone around him get so stupid?
The scariest part about reading this in 2018 versus in 2006 is that we are closer now to this terrifying future than ever before.
Thoughts: He called it. Okay… no, books are not illegal, nor do most parents neglect their children… but he did get a couple of things right:
Recommendation: This book impacted me as a child—however, it seriously messed me up as an adult. In Fahrenheit 451, the government was responsible for the digression of citizens’ intelligence—banning books, promoting drugs, even rigging elections. But today…it’s us who are willing choosing to let it happen.
In this age of information overload, we have too much knowledge right at our fingertips.
When we will stop throwing that away?