Hamilton, Tim. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation. 2009. Hill & Wang. New York.
I picked up this graphic novel in Vienna to keep me occupied on the plane ride home. I really enjoyed reading it. I don’t think I read enough graphic novels.
In the novel, Guy Montag is a “fireman” in a future year, where “firemen” go around burning books. Book have been made illegal in this future world. However, the novel is quick to point out that this isn’t a top-down government conspiracy to keep people in the dark. Books are illegal because the people demanded that they become illegal.
In this future world, books began to take a back seat to other forms of media as attention spans shortened. Television became more popular, stories became shortened and condensed, and the people could no longer stomach full-length novels. In this futuristic society, comic books are the only books allowed because they are sufficiently dumbed down and provide plenty of pretty pictures for the now-weakened minds to digest.
The irony of reading this book in comic book format is absolutely hilarious.