Books to Movies


As long as there have been movies, books have been put on film. Tonight I was reading Terry Pratchett‘s Lords and Ladies when I wanted a break. I flipped on the television and channel surfed. On the Sundance Channel I happened to stumble across Farenheit 451, based on Ray Bradbury‘s book titled the same.

The movie stayed fairly true to the book. It wasn’t as mesmerizing as the book, nor was it a great flick. Even so, I had fun watching it.

The “wall television” was smaller than the one that is in my mind’s eye. It looks like our big screen televisions today – foreshadowing? Yet the phones were the old fashioned kind – a couple with the box on the wall where you took the earpiece off and leaned into the mouthpiece. The sets and clothing were definitely from the 1960’s (it was released in 1966). That didn’t bother me like the phones did.

When Montag was being chased at the end, there were men in believable futuristic individual flying machines that wouldn’t be out of place in a futuristic movie made today.

In Bradbury’s book and in the movie, television is what replaces the book. Watching it now, it was odd not to see any sign of a computer or electronic console. I had to chuckle, as well, because one of the “book people” at the end was Ray Bradbury‘s The Martian Chronicles. It was a way for the movie to pay homage to a man who was already an impressive author by then.