I just don't get why it is such a well known, nationally recognized book. I understand the dystopian themes and I read all the themes on spark notes, but I just don't get why people think it is such a good book. To me it had no real point or interest.
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I think one of the points being made is the irony that as you are reading the book, you are reading about how books in this future are outlawed and being burned.
It's like you have a personal connection to the story being told because you are defying what the story is all about. You are reading a book about the hatred of books.
Its ideas were new and arresting when it was first published, back in 1951. It held up pretty well until the Internet came along. It's also an easy book to teach, school libraries have lots of copies, and teachers have study guides that contain suggestions for classroom discussions and sample questions for the test. If you're familiar with the concept of an "installed user base," Fahrenheit 451 has one.
It happens. You could do worse. A lot of kids in the generation before mine got stuck reading Silas Marner for much the same reasons, and it's a much tougher read than Fahrenheit 451. It happened with Moby Dick, too, though that's actually a pretty good book once you get into it.
Everyon has an opinion, and there's nothing wrong with that. I liked the book, but it's definitely not one of my favorites. It is written very well, you can't argue against that, and the story is interesting. I really like the book. It does drag on but I thought it was all worth it in the end.
Fahrenheit 451 would be an intense movie, if they remade it! Don't watch the old movie, its nothing like the book and its cheesy and stupid.
I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. Personally I do not enjoy the Twilight series and think the plot is irritating, but the 25 million+ people who have purchased the books and enjoyed them would disagree with me.
Well i guess it is just trying to show what the future may become if we abuse the right to books.