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Doing a book comparison is possible, but when I suggested it to my supervisor he said that because my mind works in such an English essay way he was worried that my 5,000 essay would turn into a critical comparison and lack the 'analysis' and 'research' you need to get a high grade in EPQ. Alternatively, doing it on two different writers and drawing similarities and differences between their contexts was an option for me - how writers have changed over time; how books like Lolita and 1984 were once banned but now celebrated and highly regraded, Jane Austen novels for example/other old literature carefully mentioned the topic of sex where as now we live in a society where Fifty Shades of Grey has outsold Harry Potter (I think...).
It's quite difficult - I spoke to my English teacher and she really helped me out coming up with ideas. Speak to your EPQ teacher and English teacher if you're finding it hard.
If you're set on doing an essay, then explorations of philosophical themes in literature work quite well. A friend of mine is going something about truth in Orwell's 1984 (can't remember his exact title), and last year, somebody did something to do with The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Argh, my memory is bad.
Basically, make the question as precise as you possibly can, and don't do a book that's been published after 1950 (unless it's an exceptional book, of course, but as a general rule, stay away from modern fiction). What sorts of things were you thinking?