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Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  12,977 ratings  ·  664 reviews
"Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes."

For Guy Montag, a career fireman for whom kerosene is perfume, this is not just an official slogan. It is a mantra, a duty, a way of life in a tightly monitored world where thinking is dangerous and books are forbidden.

In 1953, Ray Bradbury envisioned one of the world's most un
Paperback, Graphic Novel, 151 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Hill and Wang (first published 2009)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
There are some books that are so deep that you look forward to how other people interpret their core message - just to make sure that you did not miss anything. Fahrenheit 451 is such a book and this adaptation helped me to visualize several scenes that I was a little 'fuzzy' about. The introduction by Ray Bradbury is wonderful - the art is atmospheric; even the panel spacing conveys a feeling of being trapped in a world that has lost any semblance of sanity.
Bionic Jean
This is Ray Bradbury's authorised adaptation of his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 into a graphic novel illustrated by Tim Hamilton. In his introduction, Ray Bradbury says that he views this as yet another take on his original book - a "further rejuvenation", as he terms it. He can trace many elements of the story to ideas that had been percolating in his subconscious. The first was an occasion when he was taking a walk around the block, and was stopped and questioned by a police officer. The idea ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphics, sci-fi
This is a mind-boggling novel. Because of television and other forms of entertainment, the people begin to hate reading books. Then when a controversy happens regarding some writings, the government decides to burn all books. Owning and reading books thus become prohibited. Penalty is death.

Farenheit 451 is a 1953 dystopian work by Ray Bradbury. My first by him. The writing is ordinary but the idea, although scary, is engaging. Maybe because I love to read and I would not want all my books to bu
David Schaafsma
This is a solid adaptation of Bradbury's classic dystopian novel in part about censorship, the plot of which I won't repeat, since there are thousands of reviews on the original novel page. I will say that rereading it in this format reminded me of the horror/thrill of reading about the memorization of all the great books in resistance. I've read and taught the book many times, so appreciate the introduction by Bradbury authorizing the adaptation. That endorsement was probably necessary, since i ...more
Scott S.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
"This book has pores. It has features . . . detail, fresh detail. The good writers touch life often. You see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life." -- Faber

Here's a blasphemous statement -- I enjoyed this graphic novel version more than the text edition.

Before you suggest Ray Bradbury is turning over in his grave at this idea, consider that ten years ago he partnered with artist Tim Hamilton (who has worked for Marvel, DC and other big names) to produce this ed
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A graphic novel adaptation of the gritty 1950's publication.

Guy Montague is a fireman, tasked with burning books which have been outlawed. Montague loves his job until a not-so-by-chance meeting with a young woman, who recognizes him as a friend, changes him on a level he never thought possible. In her own subtle way she opens his eyes and his heart to a world that is believed to be lost.

In a darkly beautiful way that follows the original text, I finally have an image that brings to life everyth
The artwork was good, but everything else wasn't — the premise, the story, and the characters were all rubbish. I didn't buy the whole book burning, firemen, and media brainwashing that was going on. Very little made sense especially the majority of the population being cool with not thinking for themselves, not wanting to read books, not questioning the war. It was all so far fetched and unrealistic.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fahrenheit 451 is one of those novels that doesn't require any introduction. This dystopian novel totally deserved a spot in the graphic novel format, for its disturbing content.
Tim Hamilton, the comic adaptor, successfully conveys the dark images of the book into an illustrated edition.


Just like the 1966 film by Truffaut, this is another version of this powerful masterpiece.
Haunting, disturbing, and thought-provoking, Fahrenheit 451 is a compelling work that makes any reader to reflect. The
Ally Adams
Apr 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
What a disgrace to Ray Bradbury. This book is the exact opposite of what it should be. Fahrenheit 451 is about books that burn and terrible censorship. Is this not ironic that it is a shortened, empty version of this complex novel? This graphic novel is easy to read, which is what Bradbury advises against (cultures that take the easy way out of reading will be destroyed). It requires almost no thought to sit down and read this for thirty minutes, and the reader will most likely not retrieve any ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I read the book when I was in 7th grade, a very looong time ago.

How scary to live in a world where books are banned and burned and anyone caught with a book is arrested or burned right along with their books and home. This people are so empty that their entertainment is dictated by some invisible government. They gather at friends' homes to watch the televised walls. Their memories of loved ones are also played on the wall as a picture in a frame would be in our home. I found this to be the sca
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
I tried reading the original of this novel sometime ago but I stopped. I believe I stopped at that point, not too far from the beginning, where two characters, conversing, made it like a forgotten myth that firemen used to put out fires, not like what they are now: police-like professionals who burn books.

I managed to finish this one, however, mainly because in its graphic novel adaptation there are not too many words to read. Still, however, it does not mean I had already been completely charme
It’s always thrilling to reread a favorite book, in this case, a graphic novel based on the novel, with the author’s consent. Instead of quoting the many famous quotes from Fahrenheit 451, I’m going to quote the introduction by Ray Bradbury.

“…Anyone reading this introduction should take the time to name the one book that he or she would most want to memorize and protect from any censors or ‘firemen.’ And not only name the book but give the reasons why they would wish to memorize it and why it w
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a serviceable version of the classic science-fiction Bradbury novel but should not serve as a replacement for the original, full-length novel. The characterizations sometimes seemed spot on, other times seemed to miss their mark: for example, Clarisse doesn't have the depth and intelligence she should have and comes off as a bit of a sex-pot, which struck me as inaccurate. Beatty, on the other hand, seems as steady and unswerving in Hamilton's comic as he does in Bradbury's text. There a ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
It is hard to believe that this is my first reading of is novel. It is uncanny how apropos it is to our times, having been written well before the internet, social media, and virtual reality.

The last third of the story took an unexpectedly optimistic philosophical turn, which I felt added significantly to the work, especially in the current context of in vogue dystopian novels with relentlessly bleak and nihilistic themes.

One of my favorite passages:

“Everyone must leave something behind when he
Barbara Morgan
I don't read graphic novels as a rule. I am a comic book fan from way back, but I find it difficult to 'read' most graphic novels. For me it generally takes several pages to get into a rhythm, to begin to read the illustrations AND the text as one. In some cases I never do reach that point.

This graphic adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 is an astonishing exception. From the first panel I was caught up and swept into the story. I thought rhe illustrations spoke as clearly and powerfully as Ray Bradbur
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had heard a lot about Fahrenheit 451 and its dark story for I wouldn't want to live in a world without books. But before I could read the book or watch the movie I got to read this Graphic Novel adaption of the novel. This has been authorized by Ray Bradbury. The artwork is dystopian like it had to be and overall I liked it why are here so many negative reviews for the book probably I would understand that after reading the book. But till then as my first introduction to Ray Bradbury's dystopi ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The book includes an introduction by Ray Bradbury, which gave it an excellent gravitas as you then moved into the illustrated story. This adaption was solid, and knowing that it was approved by Bradbury helped me feel that it represented what the author was trying to convey in his initial novel.
Lars Guthrie
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic interpretation, proven by the fact that this comic book version really does make me want to revisit the source. Hamilton's design, color and drawing style perfectly complement Bradbury's words. And Bradbury's words, from 1953, were so prescient. Here are some current observations from 'The Brain That Changes Itself,' Norman Doidge's book from 2007:

'Television, music videos, and video games...unfold...faster...than real life, and they are getting faster, which causes people to de
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Hamilton’s graphic novel is a faithful condensation of Bradbury’s 1950 novel about censorship and enforced conformity. In addition to excellent and effective illustration, some deliberate irony is included. At the bottom of page 47 an illustration includes copies of Hamlet for Dimwits, Time magazine and Classic Comics versions of Moby Dick and Treasure Island. to accompany this text from Bradbury, “…in the twentieth century speed up your camera. Condensations. Digests. Everything boils down to a ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the graphic novel even though I felt it was a bit confusing to follow the story. I think the fact that I read the original novel before hand made the graphic novel easier to follow and understand. The novel is basically about a fireman who is suppose to burn books, but turns out to steal books and read them even though he is not allowed to. The graphic novel does a great job with showing what is happening throughout the story with the vibrent colors and detail used.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury in 1953 during the height of the Cold War, cannot be fully understood outside of its historical context. America was clouded by an atmosphere of paranoia, suspicion, and the fearful sense of a world rushing toward a nuclear holocaust. It was the heyday of "McCarthyism," named after Senator Joe McCarthy, who went on a crusade to root out alleged Communists and homosexuals both inside and outside government. His witch-hunts destroyed a great many careers, an ...more
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Shelves: stand-alone, 2009
What would you do if you were told it was illegal to read, or to even own a book? How long do you think civilization would remember that they used to enjoy reading? Would you break the law, even at the risk of being arrested? Having your books torched? Your house burned to the ground?

Montag: A fireman. (In this story, firemen are in charge of finding those who are hiding books then burning both the books and the homes.)
Millie: Montag's wife.
Clarisse: A young girl who changes the way Montag l
Corinne Edwards
When I first read Fahrenheit 451 as a teen, I was already an avid book lover, so it frightened me then, with the palpable hate of the written word. This time, though, reading it as an adult in 2010, what frightened me more was how close our society has come to Montag's - the walls covered with tv? People interacting more with that tv and about that tv and it's programs than with actual people? THAT freaks me out on a completely different level.

It's a brilliant story - a world cut of the exact sa
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation" is a graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury's original story "Fahrenheit 451". This cautionary tale is set in a futuristic time period where books are thought of as corrupt devices. The people in this story believe that books cause people to become more intelligent than others, and could gain more power as a result. To control this unwanted aspect, the government has issued 'firemen' to burn books. Burning books is viewed as a positive contribution t ...more
Irene McHugh
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William Prystauk
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bradbury's poignant tale, which ultimately led to his quote that “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” As an English teacher, I once thought his words prophetic, and in a way, he's right. However, I remember watching children and their parents lining up around the block to get their paws on the final Harry Potter novel. I cried. I truly did, and with the rise of YA, the youth is reading more, and this will, hopefully, lay the foundation for li ...more
“It was a pleasure to burn.” Guy Montag, an ordinary man, one day reads one of the books he was meant to burn and hears of a time when people weren’t afraid to think. Because of Ray Bradbury, millions of people who barely know the temperature at which water boils know the burning point of paper. Because of Tim Hamilton, Bradbury’s tale of a dystopian future in which walls talk (plasma TV, anyone?) and paper reading material is banned (buy Kindles!) is given a brand new vision. Color palettes of ...more
Eszter Faatima Sabiq
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A distopia in which reading, poetry and owning a book are considered a crime, and firemen set fireproof homes on fire instead of putting off fires. I have not read the novel yet but the comic book adaptation made me want to, and had the impression that the author of V for Vendetta was inspired by it too. I liked the drawings' style, the darkness and the suffocating feel of the art, but the story itself did not manage to stand on its own as an original idea, because it missed some links and expla ...more
Chanel Earl
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I read the novel years ago and remember liking it, but thinking it would have made a better short story. Bradbury is one of the best short story writers I have read, but I haven't loved his longer works (I couldn't ever get into Dandelion Wine, for example).

The comic form was great for this story because it read more like a short story than a novel. It still had all the good parts, but didn't go on too long.

It was not a perfect book, but it was good, the pacing and story were good, the art was
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Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY where he is often walking his dog and saying hi to other dogs in between saying hi to stray cats and then bandaging his hands because not all stray cats want to say hi.
His clients include: The New Yorker, The New York Times, Cicada Magazine, Dark Horse, Marvel, DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Lifetime, Amazon Studios, Holiday House, Fast Company Ma