Two most excellent books coming to the big screen

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury in 1959. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Can you imagine a life without books? Me neither.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel, set in a society where “firemen” burn any book they find. The title comes from the temperature at which books burn.

The main character is a fireman called Guy Montag (played by Michael B. Jordan of “Black Panther”), who starts to question the purpose of the work he does after certain incidents happen in his life. According to some interviews Bradbury gave, the book was originally about the hazards of censorship, then it progressed to the danger of having an illiterate society who didn’t bother to read.

It’s an HBO movie coming out later this month. Sadly, I don’t have HBO, but I still hope to see it someday. I haven’t read the book either, but have it on order. It’s one of those books I’ve heard about, but haven’t gotten around to reading. It was the trailer that got me interested in reading the book. (Video credit: HBO, YouTube.)

And as another treat — one of my favorite childhood books is coming to the screen as well. It’s John Bellairs’ A House with a Clock in Its Walls. This book features an underdog character, Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan who goes to live with his uncle in a town called New Zebedee, Michigan. But all in this house is not as it seems……..

I blogged about this book in 2013, with the express wish that someone would make it into a two-hour movie for the big screen. And someone has — thank you, Universal Pictures! It’s due out in September (which seems to me a little strange — it would make the perfect spooky kids’ Halloween movie).

From what I’ve seen in the trailer, the special effects look amazing and the movie should be good. If you haven’t read the book yet, find a version with the Edward Gorey illustrations. They do quite a bit to add to the atmosphere of the book. (Video credit: Universal Pictures, YouTube.)

The movie features Jack Black as Uncle Jonathan, Cate Blanchett as purple-loving family friend Mrs. Zimmerman and Owen Vaccaro as Lewis. Save the date — this movie is looking good!



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11 responses to “Two most excellent books coming to the big screen

  1. Servetus

    I loved “A House With a Clock in its Walls” as a child (the author wrote some other great books, too, and that book always reminds me for some reason of Joan Aiken’s novels for children). And Fahrenheit 451 made a huge impression on me as a tween.

  2. We are so ready for the F451 movie in AP. Trying to figure out how to get a copy.

  3. I most sincerely hope they do a better job on Farenheit 451 this time than last time. It wasn’t bad last time as just underwhelming.

  4. Oh my goodness. These both look so good!


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