Fahrenheit Four-Fifty-What?!

Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, is about a fireman’s interest in books. Guy, the main character, is looking for answers in his own messed up society, and hopes books will give him the answers he is looking for. While it is a science fiction novel set in the future, there are still some realistic examples throughout the text that make the book still seem like a real scenario. The use of all this advanced technology, while not directly relatable, is still realistic enough that I believed it.

Mildred was a good example of this realistic character who is still grounded in the future. She uses sleeping pills in order to help her sleep, but when night when Guy comes home he finds an empty bottle of sleeping pills, when there were 30 pills in the bottle the night before. A lot of people overdose on drugs, whether prescription, over the counter, or illegal. They might not know how many drugs they have taken in a particular time span or they might feel like the amount wasn’t enough, or sometimes they just don’t care anymore. Whatever the reason was, overdosing is a serious and real thing and Mildred’s case is no different.

She is also the kind of person who wants just the perfect scenario. She is envious of TV families and she isn’t pleased with her own life. She uses the television as her escape into another world so that she can ignore all the negativities in her own life. I’d hazard a guess and say most of the American population does that too. She is very realistic in that aspect as well.

Memorably Awkward Scene

While reading Always Running, I came across a sex scene that Luis played a part of in the back of a car. It was painfully awkward. This scene was very memorable to me for a few reasons. First of all, the fact that it was so hard to read made it very easy to recall later. Secondly, as a teenager who has done the dirty, I could very much relate to Luis and it actually helped me cope with my experience somewhat. It also made my experience seem not as bad as I had thought originally.

When I read this scene, it felt like I was watching it at home with my parents. The most awkward and embarrassing thing in the world is watching sex or sex-related with parents. I remember watching the movie Superbad with them, and wanting to cringe or trying to hold back laughter because it was just so awkward. Now, while reading Always Running, I was clearly not with my parents. However, the entire venture was so voyeuristic and the sex itself just seemed so naturally awkward that it made me uncomfortable to read. I wanted to skip past it but like a really bad TV show I couldn’t just leave it.

The other reason this was memorable is because my first time was in the back of a car with a girl I hardly knew. I knew it was awkward and I knew sex couldn’t be that bad, but I had no idea as I had never shared stories or anything. When I read this story, it made me feel good that others had first times as awkward as mine, even when we come from totally different backgrounds. The scene in the book felt so much more uncomfortable than it did in real life, so it also made me feel better about my own first time.

By being able to relate to the scene, and also remembering it for its uncomfortability, Luis Rodriguez made this one the most memorable in his book.

Play to Movie

There are certain things that should never make it to cinema. No matter how popular a certain book, play, TV show or video game may be, things tend to not translate when they make it to the big screen. Unfortunately, A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays that just didn’t turn out well on the movie screen.

The big reason for this has to do with restrictions placed upon the movie industry and what they can and cannot show. One of the biggest and most impactful scenes in the play, the scene in which Blanche gets raped, is completely changed and skipped in the movie, due to the fact that rape can’t be shown on screen. People who only watch the movie and don’t watch the play will not see what actually happened, and thus were probably a bit confused at Blanche’s mental and emotional dive. The viewer doesn’t fully understand, and thus the rest of the movie loses a bit of its meaning.

Another thing that was different was Blanche’s background wasn’t fully fleshed out. We know she moved in with her sister because of the fact that her husband committed suicide after he cheated on his wife, but that isn’t shown very well in the movie. In fact, it’s almost completely skipped over as well. She pushed him to suicide after she discovered him cheating, something that would make someone go a little crazy when he does commit suicide. This somewhat explains her behavior, but in the movie, none of this is revealed, and it looks as though Blanche is just weird.

If someone wants to adapt something in to the big screen, they have to realize what has the most impact and meaning, and find a way to incorporate it into their movie. If you can’t include the rape scene, find another way to make that impact. The movie did a horrible job of this, and when doing a play such as A Streetcar Named Desire, all the meaning has to be there.