Hollywood movie remakes and Ben-Hur as your research topics

For your term paper, you can write about how Hollywood prefers movie remakes and nostalgia when releasing the latest movies—the new Ben-Hur movie is a classic example. Remakes and reboots are popular throughout motion picture and television history.

Learn more about the Ben-Hur movie for your research paper. (Credit: Mountain Xpress)

Learn more about the Ben-Hur movie for your research paper. (Credit: Mountain Xpress)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on the popularity of the remake in Hollywood movies. Read more

Television history research topic: Television producer Norman Lear

Legendary television producer Norman Lear is the subject of a new documentary, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. Responsible for many successful television sitcoms during the 1970s and 1980s, the 93-year-old has been called the most influential producer in the history of television.

Learn more about television history and Norman Lear. (Credit: ABC News)

Learn more about television history and Norman Lear. (Credit: ABC News)

His “All in the Family” episodes often dealt with controversial subjects of the time. His success and subject matter has influenced recent television producers, such as Shonda Rhimes. Here are some interesting research paper topics on Norman Lear. Read more

Harry Potter and the West End play: Research paper topics

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve probably already picked up the bound version of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J. K. Rowling’s eighth entry into the world of Potter and Hogwarts. While the print edition released with midnight bookstore parties on July 31, 2016 (the traditional release day of the Potter books, as well as Harry Potter’s birthday), the West End play, featuring Noma Dumezweni, an Olivier-winning actress of South African heritage portraying a black Hermione Granger, opened on July 30.

Learn more about the latest Harry Potter book for your research paper. (Credit: Pottermore)

Learn more about the latest Harry Potter book for your research paper. (Credit: Pottermore)

That the performance and the book debuted so closely together is atypical of the way that plays are normally published, and the large following the Harry Potter world has amassed since the first novel was published in 1997 makes the newest release noteworthy. Read more

Hamilton as your American history, theater or American theater history research topic

On July 9, several of the Hamilton cast members made their final bow—but two weeks prior, two performances were filmed. What’s happening to that footage? That’s still uncertain, though a PBS Hamilton documentary, Hamilton’s America, is set to broadcast October 21.

Learn more about Hamilton for your research paper. (Credit: TwoCentsTV)

Learn more about Hamilton for your research paper. (Credit: TwoCentsTV)

Consider delving into any of the number of research paper topics presented by Hamilton, including: issues of representation on Broadway (or in American history); how the American founding fathers have loomed large as legends and how pop culture representation affects the audience’s ideas about those figures; or even the idea of an original Broadway cast receiving profit-sharing on a show’s success. Read more

Women in film: Backlash and issues with Ghostbusters reboot as your research topic

When news of a Ghostbusters reboot hit the news, fans reacted very strongly. While there was some excitement, many fans loudly decried the decision of Paul Feig to cast an all-female ghostbusting team, led by Melissa McCarthy. The strong reaction from fans has continued to make news as the film debuted this July. Whether or not the film does well, it sparks an important conversation about women in film.

Discuss Ghostbusters and women in film in your research paper. (Credit: Heroic Hollywood)

Discuss Ghostbusters and women in film in your research paper. (Credit: Heroic Hollywood)

If you are looking for a good research paper topic for your film criticism or women’s studies class, consider grabbing some popcorn and heading to the theater to see the new Ghostbusters. Read more

Free State of Jones offers Civil War history research paper topics

The historical movie Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey is about citizens of Mississippi who disagreed with their state’s decision to secede from the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. The movie follows historical figure Newton Knight who deserted the Confederate army, led an uprising of guerilla warfare against the Confederacy and declared solidarity with the Union.

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

He also married a former slave leading to repercussions in race relations in Mississippi to this day. Here are some interesting research paper topics on Civil War history. Read more

Maxwell Perkins and Genius biopic as your film or literature research topic

Most likely, few people outside of the publishing industry are immediately familiar with the name Maxwell Perkins, despite the fact that he played a large hand in shaping modern American literature. In the new biopic Genius, based on the biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg, Colin Firth and Jude Law bring to life Max Perkins, editor at Scribner’s, and Thomas Wolfe, the tempestuous, verbose author whose friendship with Perkins was nearly as much the stuff of legends as Wolfe’s novels.

Colin Firth as celebrated editor Maxwell Perkins, struggling with Thomas Wolfe’s first novel, in Genius. (Credit: Marc Brenner)

Colin Firth as celebrated editor Maxwell Perkins, struggling with Thomas Wolfe’s first novel, in Genius. (Credit: Marc Brenner)

If you are looking for a topic for your American Literature class, consider taking a look at Genius, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and the research behind both the film and the biography. Read more

Discussing disability issues in your next research paper

Adapted from the bestseller, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, the movie of the same name has drawn much criticism from film critics and the disabled community alike. All agree that Emilia Clarke scores a quirky and stunning performance, but critics bemoan an overly romantic and maudlin storyline.

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

The disabled community find fault with the portrayal of a quadriplegic man who wishes to end his life by assisted suicide. An examination of how the disabled are portrayed by the media could be the focus of your next research paper. Read more

Topic ideas for art therapy research papers

If you’re taking courses in the psychology or art departments at your university, and especially if you’re taking classes in both, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter the discipline of art therapy. What is art therapy? It’s a form of psychotherapy that engages the creative mind, but depending on where it’s defined, it can have a wide variety of meanings.

Find out more about art therapy here. (Credit: The Shelter)

Find out more about art therapy here. (Credit: The Shelter)

Whether the adult coloring book craze counts as a form of art therapy, or you’re more interested in how art therapy can be used to help children, teens or incarcerated people, there are a variety of topic ideas you can investigate for your upcoming research papers. Read more

Research paper topic: Anti-vaccines and data analysis methods

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who started the anti-vax movement in 1998, has directed a documentary film on the subject of vaccines. Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe opened on May 6, 2016 in several U.S. cities. The film gained attention when it was accepted and then pulled from the lineup at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

The major premise of the film is that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) committed fraud when it published findings saying that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Controversy over the research methods that support anti-vax ideology would make a great research paper topic. Read more