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Book vs Movie: Fahrenheit 451

You all know I’ve been reading more this year, and I’ve tried to write a little review for every book I’ve read. For the Hidden Gems challenge I watched 3 Michael B. Jordan movies including Fahrenheit 451. It was an alright movie, but I knew it was based on a hugely famous book from the 1950s and I was intrigued to find out more about this fictional version of our world and find out the differences. I know there was already a movie adaptation made in 1966 that’s supposedly better than the 2018 version, but after not loving the recent movie and not loving the book either, I can’t dedicate any more time to it!

So, if you’ve never experienced Fahrenheit 451, I’ll give you a brief summary. Firefighters don’t put out fires anymore, they burn books. Why? They’re banned, in a bid to make us all happier. It’s deep, and would I be right in thinking it was studied in schools across the pond? We had to read Of Mice and Men 451 times in the UK.

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What I really wanted to get across was just how different the book and the recent movie are! There are characters in the book that don’t even exist in the movie, meaning the plot has changed dramatically. The movie is of course more stylish, and manages to showcase just how powerful and revered these firefighters are with the use of television, the internet and social media. That’s a huge plus for the movie for sure. I also much preferred the movie version of the main character, Montag, and I promise that has nothing to do with Michael B. Jordan’s looks!

My biggest struggle with the book was the writing style. It felt like every single sentence was written as though it were a meaningful, deep poem, and so pages would go by and I wasn’t sure what, if anything, had even happened. It made for a really slow read.

If you’ll forgive me for being a bit stupid, the question I was left with after watching the movie was this – if the firefighters don’t put out fires anymore, who does?! I was hoping the book would answer that for me. What I learnt from the book was that in this version of our world, houses are now made to be fireproof. Great, okay. So what about forest fires? Car fires? Your house might be build of fire-proof materials but if you burn your dinner too badly you’re still going to set fire to everything inside it, who deals with that?

And here’s the most annoying part, a part of me still wants to watch the 60s movie. Maybe that will finally give me answers…

5 thoughts on “Book vs Movie: Fahrenheit 451

  1. I have read the book back when I was a teenager and liked it a lot. As for the 1966 adaptation by one of my all-time favorite filmmakers in Francois Truffaut. I’d suggest you don’t watch it as I think it’s his worst film. Mainly because he was just the wrong person to make that film and a lot of felt like it was lost in translation and the special effects weren’t very good. Especially a filmmaker who is French and didn’t speak a word of English didn’t help matters. I haven’t seen the 2018 version with Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan (though I want to) though I think this is a case where the book is better than the film.

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      1. You’re welcome and thank you for reminding me about that film as I put it in my picks for the upcoming Thursday Movie Picks subject.

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