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AnnaWins wrote:Fahrenheit 451 has been made into a movie in 1966. It was awful. And there was no mechanical hound in the movie version. How can you make Fahrenheit into a movie and not have the hound?! I read once that Mel Gibson was trying to make a better version of the movie. Don't know what happen to that though.
Mel Gibson probably alienated respectable Hollywood society with his rants to the point that no one will front the money for any of his projects anymore.
I almost came close in GCSE English though, half the year had to read Of Mice and Men - but I was in the half of the year that had to read To Kill a Mockingbird instead (which I loved and it's in my top 10).
But I'll definately put all 4 on my 'to be read' list
I made a point of beginning to read the classics about 4 or 5 years ago and am enjoying it very much. They are classics for a reason, after all.
By the way - What makes a book a classic? Who decides? Does a writer have to be dead for his or her books to be considered classic?
Attributed to Groucho Marx
"Nineeteen eighty four" is a masterpiece.
"Of Mice and Men" is sad and thrilling at the same time. The end is shocking.
I miss other classics not mentioned.
1984 was more instructive than entertaining. At some point during the actual year 1984 I remember thinking that even though we were not fully there, we were certainly closer to what Orwell wrote about than people were at the time he wrote.
Fahrenheit 451 and Of Mice and Men I have not read.