According to Ray Bradbury, “The movie was a mixed blessing. It didn’t follow the novel as completely as it should have. It’s a good movie; it has a wonderful ending…” When comparing a novel to the movie that was made based on it, almost every time you will notice the movie has been changed (sometimes more than others). The film Fahrenheit 451 has many clear differences from the book. For example, the characters of Faber and the Mechanical Hound are left out of the movie. Also, Clarisse dies in the novel, but lives in the movie. Despite these slight differences between the novel and the film, the message remains the same: as life goes on and new technology is invented, one should never let the joy of reading a good book or spending time with loved ones become replaced by watching TV and turning us into robots without minds of our own.
When Ray Bradbury wrote this novel, it was almost like he was looking into the future. When Hollywood turned his book into a movie they also gave us a realistic look into the future. Both the book and the movie’s enduring recognition shows that we realize if we’re not careful, this work of fiction could very easily become fact. Both the movie and the novel forewarned the viewer/reader of this fact.