Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation
One of the most influential and terrifying stories ever told, Fahrenheit 451 is the story of Guy Montag, fireman. Kerosene is his perfume, and his job is to burn books. Montag is a very good fireman, but one evening, after his wife nearly overdoses, he meets a young girl who claims to be insane. Clarisse urges Montag to catch the rain on his tongue, to admire the clouds in the sky, and to read outlawed books. Wracked with a new found desire to experience life, Montag has to make a decision: to go back to his old life, distracted by the constant omnipresence of the television walls and the societal pressures of conformity, or to break the last taboos of this dystopian society, permanently besmirch his name, and risk his life to try and change a largely indifferent society. Originally published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 still feels just as relevant and present today as it did 65 years ago. Hamilton's adaptation is faithful to the source material and adds an extra layer of cynicism and fear to an already dark and foreboding future, laid bare by the fact that there was no sinister plot, no oppressive regime that created such an evil future, but simply base apathy. It reminds us to never become complacent in our convictions, to never allow the simplest solution to become the de rigueur. This has always been a traumatic book for me, as it deals with censorship, totalitarianism, and the brutal repression of free thought, but I always find myself inexorably coming back to it time and again, unable to deny myself the delicious feeling of terror that crawls up my spine. Long lauded a masterpiece of the science fiction genre, Fahrenheit 451 is a lasting testament to not only what we fear, but the indomitable spirit of will when the fire of excitement is sparked anew in our hearts.