Rad Bradbury Loves Graphic Novel Version of Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Graphic NovelUSA Today reports that Ray Bradbury says that a new authorized graphic novel version of his famous novel, Fahrenheit 451, is "beautiful." He is also still hoping that movie based on Fahrenheit 451 will someday be made.
Fifty-six years after Ray Bradbury wrote the first draft of Fahrenheit 451 in nine days � it came like an "explosion" of words, he says � his science-fiction classic is being reissued today as a graphic novel.

"It's beautiful," says Bradbury, who turns 89 on Aug. 22, and harbors hopes that a new movie version will be made in his lifetime of a future in which literature is banned and firemen burn books.
Rad Bradbury also talks about how an illustrated Beauty and the Beast and Buck Rogers comics motivated him to read.
Fahrenheit remains a staple of high school and college reading lists, which prompts a question: Does Bradbury worry that students will read just the graphic novel?

"I don't know, but I know when I was 5 years old, my parents gave me an illustrated version of Beauty and the Beast, and I loved it so much that I decided that I had to learn to read, and I did."

He adds, "When I was 9, the Buck Rogers comics took me to the future, and I never came back."
Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation was illustrated by Tim Hamilton. It contains an introduction by Ray Bradbury.

Posted on August 3, 2009

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