Impacts of Environmental Fiction
This survey is run by in order to review readers' trends, views, and ideas on how environmental fiction can impact individuals and society. The survey is ongoing, though some data may be collected before mid-September, 2019, for a presentation. All private data will be kept confidential. An email address is required for taking the survey--this is to ensure that respondents can submit the survey only once. Emails will be kept confidential. For examples and definitions of novels with environmental themes (also known as eco-fiction), please see
Email address *
What is your age? *
What is your gender? *
What is your highest academic credential? *
How many novels do you read a year? *
Of these novels, how many can be categorized as having environmental themes? *
What is your favorite novel of all time, and why? *
What are your favorite genres? (Check all that apply.) *
In your opinion, does environmental literature belong in: *
What environmental or non-environmental novels have had the most impact on you, and why? List up to five. *
Name a fictional character in an eco-novel who has inspired you the most. Why? *
Do you think that environmental themes in fiction can impact society, and, if so, how? *
What affected you the most in your favorite environmental stories? (Check all that apply.) *
If you answered "Other" above, please explain.
If you like environmental fiction, what topics do you look for? (These overlap, so select all that apply.) Note that these are subjects in novels around which characters and plots are driven. *
Optional: Do you have anything to add from your choices above?
Expand on how certain story elements affect you. Did they make you angry or sad or hopeful, make you think more about the world or your own life, make you change your mind about something, or something else? *
What do you think is the most impactful type of fiction? *
What turns you off in fiction that has moral imperatives? *
Do you feel that reading fiction has increased your awareness in any of the following fields? (Check all that apply.) *
Feelings are one thing, but activism is another. Did you change your life based upon a novel that affected you? Which novel was it? What do you feel moved you to take action? *
What specific actions have you taken? *
In your opinion, do fictional stories change the world? Do you think this change happens slowly, over time, or largely at once? Give examples. *
Do you have anything else to add?
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