“Black Hole” by Charles Burns is a great read if a person wants to see the world from a whole new perspective. When we talk about the ideas presented we always have to expect the best case scenario whenever possible. In Black hole one of the main focuses of the book relies heavily on Young Adults and Sexual Education. Throughout the book we see many young and innocent faces diminishing due to unprotected/sexual intercourse. As people get intimate with one another it leads to shedding skin, change of physical features, and a weird physical appearance. Young Adults generally keep developing their brains to an extent and they then lead to curious acts. The curiosity in a person either makes or breaks them. Young adults in the book are shown as very simplistic, calm, and relaxed. The one flaw throughout the book they all possess is their wandering of the intimate world. When engaged in sexual activity it tends to be their downfall. The photos once shown at the beginning are the ones that do not turn out to look the same at the end. The face, skin, behavior of the people was shown as a hazard due to the interaction of sexual activity. Did they exaggerate the effects of sexual activity at a young age? Yes. But it does prove to be a safety net or at least people have an idea of the bad signs what can happen with unprotected, intimate sex. Many people today deal with diseases due to the fact that they had intimate sex which was unprotected, or put themselves in a compromising state. This book shows the causes of that condition in the way that the Author would see but at the end of the day the safety net in the book is always be responsible and cautious of what you do. Sometimes the “fun” that people claim they had can cause a whole new viewpoint in society and in the future world. I feel very interested in what this book brings to the table but also am wondering what the future holds for the remaining young adults and what the future can hold for them in the near run.


5 Comments so far

  1.    Hallie Peller on October 30, 2016 5:39 pm

    I agree about how the book portrays the aftermath of a sexual act is extremely exaggerated. It discourages teens from doing something that comes along with natural life. Of course it emphasizes the possible dangers of sex, but portrays them to an amplified degree. I like your point about “curiosity” and how it makes or breaks a person. The curiosity of the teens in the book is a normal part of growing up and learning, but it also backfired on some of them.

  2.    Jonathan Eng on October 30, 2016 9:47 pm

    I agree that educating young adults on sex and its possible consequences is a main part of the book. Rather than flat out explaining detrimental effects of sexually transmitted diseases, we are able to see how the lives of these average teens are easily ruined. Yes, the book does exaggerate dangers but it still makes a realistic view on what could happen.

  3.    Asim Shariff on October 30, 2016 10:12 pm

    The arguments that you make is interesting. I agree with these arguments. This book can be a useful tool in teaching teenagers about STD’s and the consequence of unprotected sexually activity. The book allows the readers to see the effects of unprotected sex and the way it can change a persons life. The book also keeps the readers interested, which allows the author to spread messages to the reader.

  4.    xianruichen on October 31, 2016 4:53 am

    I agree with your points that this young adult comic book teaches a lot of ideas such as Sexual Education like you metion. The point you makes about the book is using a very simple ways to give people lessons by showing the physical and mention change of characters are very interesting to know.

  5.    Naomi Bracho on October 31, 2016 11:42 am

    I see how it is important to read a novel like this. While it is exaggerated, I think that Charles Burns does that in order to reflect on how society treats sexually transmitted diseases. As he’s trying to inform the consequences of teenage actions I think he also tries to look at how the way society views something can affect it greatly.

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