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

Miss Marple in British literature for your next research paper

When it comes to murder mysteries in British literature nothing beats Agatha Christie and her iconic character, Miss Marple. Although she is a fictional character, Miss Marple has become a beloved figure at the center of murder and mayhem for decades.

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

She was most recently seen in the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery! If you’re sleuthing for good research paper topics in literature, consider looking into the works of Agatha Christie and the character of Miss Marple. Read more

Dystopian literature is catching fire

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins consists of The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010). The first two books in the series were both New York Times best sellers, and Mockingjay topped all U.S. bestseller lists upon its release.

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The popularity of these young adult science fiction adventure novels has created a corresponding surge in interest in dystopian literature. Read more

Read free books online: Over 5,000 titles on Questia

If you want to read free books online, there are over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare titles in the Questia library that you can read online absolutely free! Questia is the perfect research tool for students, professors, and curious minds everywhere.

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

You probably know that Questia offers subscribers full access to the world’s largest online library of books and journal articles as well as magazine and newspaper articles, but did you know that even non-subscribers can read books for free on the website? Read more

How to power through your summer reading list

Summertime—a period when college students get to kick back and just relax. Who cares if you forget half of what you learned during the last semester, right? Not so fast, doing some summer reading will not only keep your brain sharp, but also give you a head start on classes in the fall.

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

No one is saying you have to read War and Peace, but the benefits of adding some of the written word into your diet of sun and fun from June through August may just outlast your tan. Here are some things to consider when creating or selecting your summer reading list. Read more

Children’s literature classic made into film adaptation

Once again, Hollywood has turned to a beloved icon of children’s literature for its latest film adaptation. The Paddington Bear movie, to be released on Christmas Day 2014 in the United States, will star Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist with her eye on the marmalade-loving creature, and Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters as Paddington’s adopted parents, the Browns.

The children's literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

The children’s literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

But who will voice Paddington now that Colin Firth will not be playing the part? For your next literature or film studies research paper, learn about how children’s literature books compare to their film adaptations. Read more

“The Fault in Our Stars” is a must-see

Fans of novelist John Green, also known as “nerdfighters,” are predicted to flock to see the film, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Green, who is known for his young adult novels and his popular YouTube videos, will likely enlarge his loyal following with this story of young lovers fighting cancer.

"The Fault in Our Stars" hits movie screens on June 6, 2014. (Credit: Tumblr)

“The Fault in Our Stars” hits movie screens on June 6, 2014. (Credit: Tumblr)

What could easily be a soppy and sentimental story rings with truth and real feeling. Green’s connection with his readers comes from his commitment to authenticity. Moviegoers will see that same commitment on the screen. Read more

HBO’s “The Normal Heart” takes on AIDS epidemic

HBO films will release their production of The Normal Heart, based on the play by Larry Kramer. The adaptation by Ryan Murphy features such big name actors as Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo and centers around the 1980s AIDS epidemic and the ensuing rise of gay activism.

The Normal Heart will make its HBO debut on May 25. (Credit: Swide)

The Normal Heart will make its HBO debut on May 25. (Credit: Swide)

Many are excited about the film, while others are concerned that The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer casts the homosexual community in a bad light. Preserving the stories and the important figures of the gay rights movement is a vital area of ongoing research. So where does the HBO adaptation of Kramer’s play fit in? Read more

“The Real History of Science Fiction” as a research paper topic

Science fiction plays an important role in modern culture and aspirations for the future. Once considered just a genre for adolescent boys, sci-fi is true literary fiction, television and film that lets all of us ask “What if?” It reflects our societal worries and fears, it lets us dream of wonderful science and technology-filled futures and it creates cautionary tales of disaster if we don’t change our selfish ways. The cable channel BBC America is airing a four-part documentary series “The Real History of Science Fiction.” The show offers good research paper topics; follow along to learn about science fiction’s history, legacy, and cultural influences.

The cast of BBC America's "The Real History of Science Fiction." (Credit: Matthew Jackson)

The cast of BBC America’s “The Real History of Science Fiction.” (Credit: Matthew Jackson)

The show’s four episodes are dedicated to space, time travel, alien invasions, and robots and cyborgs. Read more