"We're a minority of undesirables, crying out in the wilderness. But it won't always be so. One day we shall be called on one by one to recite what we've learned. And then books will be printed again. And when the next Age of Darkness comes, those who come after us will do again as we have done."
Okay, I just finished a second viewing today, thinking especially about the ending scene with the Book People.
The New Testament says, "The Word of God is living and active". That's a good picture. For me, it isn't that the Book People have fallen into a conformity of their own (though outwardly that may be how it looks). I see the film as a fairy tale. The fact that these Words are moving around, walking from place to place means they are alive. They can't die just because copies have been burned. They thrive. And they survive.