It’s banned books week, in case you weren’t aware. Though how you could’ve missed it with this badass image floating around the internet, I don’t know.
And while the focus this year is on comics, I can’t help but give a shout out to my favorite of all the banned books. Actually, one of my favorite books full stop. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.
But why? Well, friend, let me tell you why this is everything you should be reading.
Fahrenheit 451 is the story of Guy Montag, a firefighter living in a dystopian future that is, frankly, terrifying. Why? For starters, as a firefighter it isn’t Montag’s job to put out fires, but to burn down the homes of people who have contraband. Namely books. Why are books so dangerous? Because this future is based around keeping people in line by keeping them stupid. Homes have televisions rooms with screens on all four walls, if they’re affluent enough that is. Sound is pipped directly into your ears. And kids? Well they’re basically encouraged to be reckless and violent, ending in them killing one another more often than not.
It’s terrifying. It’s powerful. It’s moving. And it has one of my favorite opening lines of all time.
And if that’s not enough to convince you, it’s a banned book about censorship. And when they finally allowed it into libraries, they blacked out the naughty words. How amazing is that?