In the futuristic world of Fahrenheit 451, books are considered subversive, are banned, and are burned upon discovery. The novel's characters present a variety of points of view. One believes that books are problematic in that they present so many varying and often contradictory viewpoints. They leave the reader confused. Another believes that books themselves are not important, rather what matters is the information that the best of them contain: reflections of life and the world at large. A third character insists that those who study literature stay off the metaphorical pedestal – they are merely receptacles for the knowledge they carry. Either way, the novel reminds us that knowledge is nothing without experience, and that lessons are learned more ways than one.
In Fahrenheit 451, the content of books does not matter; the process of reading and thinking does.