Black Hole Discussion Starter

I have scoured the internet for Black Hole Discussion questions!  And now I will synthesize them into a list for you to think about in anticipation for the discussion in ONE WEEK (squee).

banished to the woods. photo by flickr user Emanuele Monaco

1. What did you think of the mutations?  If you were mutated, how do you think it would manifest in you (think of your teenage self).

2a. Black Hole has a horror feel to it.  Did you feel any of that horror or did the plight of its characters seem banal?

2b. How did the artwork add to or detract from the plot and atmosphere? Did it make you more uncomfortable than if it were just described in prose?

3. What do you think the main theme or emotion of Black Hole is and where do you see it working in the story?

4. Do you think the mutations are a metaphor for something in our society?

Sources and further questions to think about:

Association of College & Research Libraries Guide

Arapahoe Library District questions & the group’s answers

The Goodreads Book Club discussion of Black Hole

It’s also worth checking out the history of Black Hole being optioned/adapted for film. Neil Gaiman was once hired to be the scriptwriter for an as-yet-unmade full length production, and Rupert Sanders of Snow White and the Hunstman/Kristen Stewart affair fame did a short adapatation that can be found on Vimeo.  I haven’t watched it… yet.  But it’s probalby NSFW.  More info here.

Charles Burns did an animation of his own work a couple years back, for a festival of short films called Fear(s) of the Dark, and he talks about it here.

See you in a week!

- Tessa

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