Fact vs. fiction—research paper topics on nonfiction authors

Juxtaposing fact vs. fiction or examining why nonfiction books are important for school children to read are both good research paper topics to pursue in a study of nonfiction books.

Learn here about the differences between fiction and nonfiction. (Credit: David Tran)

Learn here about the differences between fiction and nonfiction. (Credit: David Tran)

Other good topics include the best or most well-known nonfiction books and why memoirs have become so popular. Read more

Paddington Bear and children’s literature for your research paper

For good research paper topics for your children’s literature or film studies class, consider writing about the popularity and process of converting classic and contemporary children’s books into film. The recent Paddington Bear movie is the newest entry, following a trend set by Where the Wild Things Are, Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web and more contemporary fare like Coraline, How to Train Your Dragon and The Secret World of Arrietty.

Paddington Bear and creator Michael Bond. (Credit: Felicity McCabe)

Paddington Bear and creator Michael Bond. (Credit: Felicity McCabe)

Term paper topics could be to write about the production of children’s movies based on popular literature. Read more

Literary themes to consider for research paper topics

In search of research paper topics focused on literary themes? The most recent and major trend revolves around young adult books. Dystopian novels and vampire books have received a lot of attention, but their popularity may be waning.

Consider discussing different literary themes for your next research paper. (Credit: The Express Tribune)

Consider discussing different literary themes for your next research paper. (Credit: The Express Tribune)

Why were those two literary themes so big in young adult books and what trends are on the rise? Read more

Feminist Literature is a good research paper topic on equal rights for women

The purpose of feminist literature, which can be fiction or nonfiction, is to define, create and protect equal rights for woman. This includes social, political, economic, and civil rights. The literature frequently points out inequality between the roles of men and women, especially as it pertains to power, privilege and status, and usually identifies negative consequences to this inequality for society, men and women, communities and families.

There are many interesting topics in regards to feminist literature and equal rights. (Credit: Duke University)

There are many interesting topics in regards to feminist literature and equal rights. (Credit: Duke University)

You can find and read feminist literature as far back as the 15th century and up until today. The authors of the literature include men as well as women. Read more

Use “Wild” as your research topic in literature

Dealing with death and the accompanying grief is different for everyone. Cheryl Strayed shared her own personal journey after the loss of a loved one in her memoir, Wild.

The film adaptation Wild discusses grief and death. (Credit: Wallpaper Series)

The film adaptation Wild discusses grief and death. (Credit: Wallpaper Series)

The film adaptation, starring Reese Witherspoon, brings Strayed’s story to the big screen. Does Wild the movie do justice to the book, and what can it teach us about grieving? Read more

“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a diverting research paper topic

If you are searching for a diverting research paper topic, then you should consider writing about Everyday Use by Alice Walker.

Learn more about "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker. (Credit: Teachmix)

Learn more about “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. (Credit: Teachmix)

You’ll find more than 9,500 books as well as 6,500 articles in academic journals, magazines and newspapers in Questia’s online research library related to this piece of short fiction about heritage and deracination. Read more

Trends in literary theory research paper topics

Literary theory is the study of literature and its significance for culture and historical perspective. Some good research paper topics could be to define literary theory and discuss various aspects of literary criticism.

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

You could also write your term paper on some new trends in literary theory such as environmental theory and gender queer theory. Here are some ideas to get you started. Read more

Gothic literature and vampire movies for your next research paper

On October 10, 2014, the film Dracula Untold opened worldwide. Unlike other vampire movies, this film weaves vampire mythology with historical facts about Prince Vlad, the Impaler. Vampire films and the history on which they are based can combine into a good research paper topic.

You can use "Dracula Untold" in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

You can use “Dracula Untold” in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

If you’re looking for a topic in literature, consider writing a research paper on gothic literature and its part in film and mythology. Here are a few gory details to get you started on your research paper. Read more

Dystopia in literature and movies for your research paper

For your sociology, literature or politics and government class, consider discussing the use of dystopian societies as an allegory for social change. With the popularity of young adult films like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver and The Maze Runner, dystopia has never been in such vogue.

'The Giver' is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

‘The Giver’ is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

These films show a society with rigid rules of conduct and an oppressive government controlling their lives. Good research paper topics could be to define dystopia and show how they relate to society and government. Read more

Discuss Post-modern literature in your next research paper

In 1969, I took a class at the University of Michigan that was taught – briefly – by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. He had just finished writing Slaughterhouse Five, which I thought was a satirical novel until I learned that Vonnegut had been a prisoner of war during World War II and had survived the Allied bombing of Dresden in an underground meat locker, which was used as an ad hoc detention facility.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

The German guards called the building Schlachthof Fünf and the POWs called it Slaughterhouse Five. That’s when I also learned that the postmodernism literary movement tends to resist definition. Read more