“The magic is […] in what the books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together for us,” the former professor Faber tells the repentant book-burner, Montag, in Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451: “Most of us can’t rush around, talking to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money or that many friends. The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book.”
Stories help us to understand ourselves and the world around us. They allow us to travel beyond ourselves, and they prepare us – mentally, emotionally, ethically – to meet situations we’ve never yet, or might never encounter.
Bradbury’s novel is suspicious of the effect of broadcast media (TV and radio). In contrast, this blog series celebrates the power of texts in different media to shape who we are and the values we carry with us, be those texts films, TV, radio drama, graphic novels, and songs, or books, plays, and poems.
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9: Texts That Made Val Derbyshire (coming soon)