Here's a thesis question:
Why is it that students are drawn to the creepy, horrifying, disturbing, and just generally dark topics? I guess it's true for all of us to some extent in our lives. But it seems more so during adolescence; if you want to get kids interested in a topic, just tell them something gross or disturbing about it. My own research paper experience confirms this: the topics that were usually selected first were those having to do with serial killers and unsolved murders/crimes. Guys Lit Wire's review today touched on this, too. Are your punks just as drawn to the darker side of life as mine have been? Any thoughts on why that might be?