The United States military from the 1930s onward. This is so I can find any inconsistencies or vague aspects I can fit a fictional detail into or around, as part of my story takes place at Area 51 and concerns covert operations.
I'm researching several things for two topics I keep switching back and forth for.
#1: Fantasy adventure story. Curses, magic and flying air ships are the majority of what I study. But I do come across random little details that I might like. Such as dragons.
#2: Fairy tales. Most from childhood. I'll be taking my favorite ones and either combining them or creating something new. At the moment, I'm halfway through the story research. I'm on 'Frog Prince'. I found a ton of stories with different endings & stories. I'll be reviewing disney's version and then see if I can find any short movies like on youtube.
I have been researching countless things, at least in order to write. Currently, I am attempting to figure out whether or not society would cower in fear from the protagonist of my novel series along with what they will be doing when they live with her.
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I'm just dabbling in whatever I need to make a particular scene work... I've looked at quite a bit to do with internal injury and that area of science, and a little about psychology for a few of the characters in my story. Mainly, I'm just trying to give each character a convincing mind and ultimately work on making the story work better within itself. I've done most of the external research I need and I picked a topic which I already know a fair bit about, so I don't think there's too much I need to look up. If I find anything, I'll just ask Google: job done.
My current round of library books includes a few about 18th century servants, one about Jesuits, a book of designs for peasant houses written by an 18th century architect, and one about the history of a particular village in France. I haven't gotten time to read those yet, though. The previous round was also 18th century France setting research stuff.
I also want to read at least a quick survey of the most important Enlightenment philosophers before I get too far in writing the story. And also some Machiavelli - I've got a character who needs to be consequentialist even though consequentialism wasn't quite a thing yet, and I've heard Machiavelli's ethics were pretty much consequentialist. (I'm trying to make sure I'm not giving the characters ideas and language that they wouldn't have encountered in their time, so I want to read a little of the sort of thing an educated 18th century person would be reading.)
I'm trying to research Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey." Gothic Horror novels from the 19th century, mafia operations from the depression era to post-wwii, the gestalt-principles of visual perception, and astronomy.