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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.
Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation