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I Couldn’t Do It

Fahrenheit 451 has to be one my all time favorite books.  The concepts and theories proposed in this novel first published in 1953 are fascinating in that they take on a different twist with each new technological advance that happens in our society. Take the seashell or thimble radios presented in the novel, for instance. Who, in the 1950s or even 1960s, would have imagined that MP3 players would have people listening to music, podcasts, and news constantly through earbuds today?! From the irony of Montag’s job to the realities that have come to fruition out of Ray Bradbury’s fiction to Clarisse’s character:  I love this story!

That being said, I thought I’d try the graphic novel version of this story. Never having tried reading a novel presented this way, I figured that trying a story I loved would help me overcome any resistence I had to stories shown as strips of images that resemble comic books. Nope.  Didn’t work. Couldn’t make it through the first 10 pages. I flipped through it a few times but couldn’t manage it. Maybe it was that I chose a story I loved. Or, maybe I just discovered I prefer my own imagination to pre-created pictures instead.

Book

Fahrenheit 451:  The Authorized Adaptation
9780809051014
JenniferC

Comments

I'm sorry you feel that way about graphic novels. I am often entranced by the imagination and creativity expressed in graphic novels. Author-illustrators are challenged to tell the story well and share important details with their pictures and their words, with limited space and brush strokes. I hope you'll try Pedro and Me:Friendship, Loss and What I Learned, by Judd Winnick, or any of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels, before you give up on the genre, altogether.
Thanks for the suggestions, Christine! Like I mentioned in my blog, maybe I just picked something too close to my imagination already. Of course, I heard Stitches is good, too!

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