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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Later in life, Bradbury [[http://www.laweekly.com/2007-05-31/news/ray-bradbury-fahrenheit-451-misinterpreted/ claimed]] that the book is ''not'' about government censorship. Instead, he says that books are illegal in his story because excessive political correctness censored literature into oblivion and [[NewMediaAreEvil television destroyed interest in reading altogether]], to the point that the people demanded books to be banned. As such, the culprit is the people themselves rather than government. Despite Bradbury's assertions, the book is almost universally read as a statement on government censorship used to pacify the citizenry.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Clarisse enjoyed a similar fate to Franchise/SherlockHolmes', as her popularity among readers and their interest in her ambiguous fate in the novel prompted Bradbury to follow the film's example and [[spoiler:reveal she's still alive]] at the end of the stage play (and the video game sequel).
* FriendlyFandoms: There's a lot of overlap between readers of this and readers of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', due to both books being about [[{{Zeerust}} then-future]] {{dystopia}}s and elimination of free thought.
* NightmareFuel:
** The Mechanical Hound, mostly because its appearance is veiled in mystery.
** Clarisse's getting run down by rowdy teenagers.
** The Book Lady's death. [[spoiler: Beatty's death.]]
** [[spoiler: Faber's HeroicSacrifice against said hound.]]
** Montag coming home to find Mildred unconscious from a drug overdose (and the uncaring doctors coming in to pump her stomach).
** Heck, the entire premise counts.
** From the movie (during the scene of the old lady burning her own house so the firemen can't arrest her): "Nine elevenths are ninety-nine, nine twelfths are a hundred and eight, nine thirteens are a hundred and seventeen, nine fourteenths are a hundred and twenty-six..."
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Bradbury green-lit (and helped write) a text-adventure "sequel" to the book of dubious canonical status. It was VERY unwieldy to play, as a lot of plot advancement involved having to type literary quotations verbatim...with a [[YouCantGetYeFlask mediocre parser system]]. It [[TheManyDeathsOfYou had a lot of pointless ways to die]] for something as simple as ''crossing the street'' during certain times of day, and ended with Montag [[spoiler: and Clarisse]] as {{Doomed Moral Victor}}s if you managed to ''win.''
* SpecialEffectFailure: The "jetpacks" in the film are very shoddy. Apparently they couldn't afford real helicopters.
* {{Squick}}: Besides the FamilyUnfriendlyDeath, there's also the scene in the novel in which [[spoiler:Millie gets her stomach pumped after an apparent suicide attempt]]. This one is specifically ''called'' disgusting by the narrator.
* ValuesDissonance: At one point a discussion on politics is entirely focused on comparing the President to his last political challenger in a very superficial way, with a woman complaining that the challenger dressed unflatteringly, and picked his nose on national television. While this was intended to underscore how superficial she was, modern readers would be scratching their heads at what political party would nominate such an unprofessional individual in the first place.
* ValuesResonance: This novel predicted iPods, flatscreen [=TVs=], the decline of quality in public schools, prescription drug abuse, people abandoning books for new media, and everyone living in fear over war, but not really taking action. The Choose Your Own Adventure television shows are awfully similar to video-games too.
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