- Posted June 7, 2012 by
Reche Canyon, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ray Bradbury's legacy
'Fahrenheit 451' Is Bradbury's Legacy
Our favorite book and film of the great science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury is "Fahrenheit 451", the 1953 cult classic that took place in a future where books were banned.
I first saw the 1966 film on television in the early 70's. In those days, the entire family usually sat down to watch the same program - there was only one TV set, and of course Dad was the boss - not to mention there were only 4 channels!
The film - and novel - was about an oppressive future in which a fireman, whose duty it is to destroy all books, begins to question his job, only to fall in love with his neighbor - and the books - he was supposed to destroy.
My siblings and I were mesmerized by this movie, we have seen it over 30 times since then. The very idea of a totalitarian government that uses a special force of 'Firemen' to burn books - to control society - was just so incredible at that young 'tween' age.
We have never forgotten the lady who chose to die with her books, and the awesome ending with 'The Book People' in the snowy forest who have all memorized a reading so that the books can be handed down to future generations.
So it brings us much sadness to learn today that the author of '451', Ray Bradbury, passed away today here in Los Angeles at 91 years old after a long illness. The New York Times said today that Ray was "The writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.".
Several celebrity fans of Bradbury paid tribute today to the author by stating the influence of his works on their own careers and creations - including Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
Bradbury was one of the most celebrated among 20th century American writers, he will be missed both in the literary world and the film community.
Rest In Peace Ray..."Fahrenheit 451" is your legacy!