Why did I pick it up again, after such a long time? I recently finished reading The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, and was reminded of Fahrenheit 451. Not that the stories really have anything to do with one another, other than the idea of social upheaval, government control, cover-ups, "the last days," and the like. OK. So maybe they do have a lot in common. And that's why I itched to read it again.
I'm glad to say I still like it. It's a lot different reading it now, with eleven more years and a college education under my belt (in Literature, for that matter). But it's still a great story of censorship, of change, of fighting in a small way that will (hopefully) help in a big way. A story about words and thoughts and feelings. A story meant to inspire words and thoughts and feelings. Great literature. I'm glad I picked it back up. And I'm glad it sits on my shelf.