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. A Google account is required for taking the survey--this is to ensure that respondents can submit the survey only once. If you do not have a Google account, please email me at email@example.com, and I will send the survey to you personally. For examples and definitions of novels with environmental themes (also known as eco-fiction), please see Dragonfly.eco.
What is your age?
61 and above
What is your gender?
What is your highest academic credential?
High school diploma
Associates, trades, or other certificate
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.)
Fantasy, fairytale, mythological
In your opinion, does environmental literature belong in:
Its own genre
Both of the above
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.)
Author's writing style
The evolution of the story (plot, drama, character development)
Suspense and pacing in a story
Moral, social, or environmental themes in the story
Genre classification of the story
Increased imagination and creativity
Relaxation and entertainment
Discovering new places, people, and things (culture, travel, knowledge)
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.
None in particular
The hyperobject (super big things): climate change, the 6th mass extinction, epic storytelling
Animal stories (wildlife extinction/endangerment, animal PoVs, animal farming, etc.)
Water (sea stories, marine life, coral reefs, fresh water issues)
Tech-based (solarpunk, biotech, eco-futurism, spheres/arks)
Societal injustice, can include crimes (poaching, fossil fuels, deforestation, slavery, greed, pollution and dumping)
Indiginous, cultural, regional points of view
Pastoral and back-to-the-land
Food security, GMOs
Survival after social breakdown
Engangered species' habitats (receding glaciers, wildfires, deforestation, coral reefs, rising seas)
Impact on humans (refugee crises, death, slavery, cultural diaspora, landscape loss)
Loss of wilderness
Nature as alien/other (weird, horror, fantastical)
Veneration and study of the natural world (insects, mushrooms, trees, rivers, mountains, etc.)
Disasters (deluge, extreme storms, fires)
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?
Realistic and pragmatic
A well-written story with subtle appeal
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.)
Social awareness of other people, cultures, beliefs, and issues
Environmental awareness, including empathy for other species, climate change awareness, and other environmental concerns
Personal relationship building
Being more open-minded and tolerant to new ideas
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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