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WikiProject Novels aims to define a standard of consistency for articles about novels, novellas and short stories. Through implementation of standards such as these, content can become more easily and quickly located with common organization and structure for novel articles.

Do not, however, forget the spirit behind these guidelines. If they make editing or reading more difficult for a particular novel or for novels in general, change them or ignore them, preferably with some explanation on talk (discussion) pages. Many novels do not necessitate layouts such as this, or have special requirements that do not fit the template exactly. Feel free to adapt this WikiProject to specific situations and to discuss changing it.

Main Project Discussion takes place at the General Forum

Scope[edit]

WikiProject Novels aims to define a standard of consistency for articles about novels and literary genres associated with fictional narratives. It also aims to encourage and provide the structure for enhancing the writing of high quality articles on all manner of different novels. For the purpose of this project, "Novels" are deemed to include all works of narrative fiction that exhibit novel-like structure, regardless of length and genre. (This includes full novels, novellas, novelettes and short stories.) It also aims to encourage and promote the writing of articles on all types of such Novels. (see "#Hierarchy Definition" for more details of what is in or out of scope.)

Open tasks logo WikiProject Novels • (inc. novellas, novelettes & short stories)
Announcements and open tasks

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Article structure[edit]

Naming, style and notability[edit]

The project itself has a style guidelines department, which gives suggestions about writing articles on narrative prose fiction.

Article templates[edit]

Articles should be written to an agreed basic style for standardization purposes. We encourage all participants to use this template not only as a starting place for new articles, but also as a guide to amend any existing articles that need improvement. There are currently two supported templates:

For novel articles:

which includes
an Infobox template for a book – /InfoboxCode

For fictional character articles:

Related WikiProjects[edit]

Parentage[edit]

Descendant Wikiprojects[edit]

Project organization[edit]

There are currently four major elements to our project organization. Participants (or membership), a Job Centre, specialist Departments and special interest Task Forces.

Members[edit]

The list of Wikipedians who are committed to the WikiProject can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Members. If you are interested in participating, please feel free to join by visiting that page.

Once you join, you are welcome to add this template to your user page: {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Outreach/User WPNOVELS}}. This userbox automatically adds you to the WikiProject Novels participants category and appears as such:

a collection of books This user is a member of the Novels WikiProject.


Guestbook[edit]

This is a list of Wikipedians who are not committed to the WikiProject, but who are sympathetic to the cause. Feel free to express your support by signing the list below:

Job Centre[edit]

If a member is interested in becoming involved with the work of the project, they are welcome to visit the "responsibility clearing house" or Job Centre. From here it is possible to join multiple areas of the project that need supervising and/or updating, including our five departments, which are listed below. Departments are specialised areas of the project for a targeted activity, serving the aims of the whole in a smaller way.

Assessment Department[edit]

The assessment department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's novel and novel related articles. The resulting article ratings are used within the project to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the WP:1.0 program. The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{NovelsWikiProject}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in a set of categories that serves as the basis for an automatically generated worklist.

Automation Department[edit]

The automation department of the Novels WikiProject uses various automated and semi-automated methods to perform batch tasks that would be extremely tedious to do manually; it collects requests for tasks, discusses whether they are suitable for automation, and attempts to match them with bot operators or users of semi-automated tools for implementation. All project members are invited to request tasks and to comment on the suitability of outstanding requests.

Collaboration Department[edit]

The project's Collaboration of the Month seeks to identify particular articles that would benefit from a significant collaborative effort. Every month (currently), a single article is selected as the focus, and the project attempts to improve it, potentially to featured article standards. All articles dealing with some aspect of novel literature (except for current featured articles and featured article candidates) are eligible, and everyone is invited to nominate candidates. The current collaboration article is '''The Sound and the Fury'''.

Outreach Department[edit]

The outreach department acts as the project's central point of coordination for recruiting new members and maintaining the interest of current participants. Its primary activity is the production of monthly project newsletters, it also contains a welcome message that can be sent to each new member as they join.

Peer Review Department[edit]

The peer review department conducts peer reviews of articles on request; this helps to obtain ideas for further improvement by having contributors who may not have previously worked on particular articles examine them. Project members are invited to submit articles to the department in lieu of using the generic peer review process.

Task forces[edit]

Please discuss any proposals for new task forces with other members or with the project as a whole before creating them.

Task forces are informal groups of editors gathered for collaborative work on a particular topic within the field of Novels (as defined in the "scope" above); all project members are encouraged to participate in any task forces that interest them.

General topics
Genres
Areas or Nationalities
Specific authors and series
Periods
Proposed
  • none at this time

Hierarchy definition[edit]

Since there are many types of novel, boundaries must be set so that other WikiProjects can guide articles that this one doesn't. (Just like the discussion on the Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Novel categorization project page.) So far, the titles that have been included are those that the "man in the street" would call a "novel".

Included:

Overall Genre Description Category Stub template
"can be used in the text and infobox to describe the article" "Use to categorise the article" "Use to mark short and incomplete articles as stubs"
Fictional Characters [[Fictional character]] Characters from novels [[Category:Fictional characters]] {{fict-char-stub}}
Overall Genre Description Category Stub template
"can be used in the text and infobox to describe the article" "Use to categorise the article" "Use to mark short and incomplete articles as stubs"
Fictional Locations [[Fictional locations|Fictional location]] Locations from Novels [[Category:Fictional locations]] {{fict-location-stub}}

Category hierarchy Novel articles are sorted under many categories; look in Category:Novels for a list. There are three "main" categories that most books are sorted to:

then also by the following, as applicable.

Genres of novels include:

Overall genre description category stub template
"can be used in the text and infobox to describe the novel" "Use to categorise the article" "Use to mark short and incomplete articles as stubs"
General Novels [[Novel]] Those that cannot be described by
categories below
[[Category:Novels]] {{novel-stub}}
Specific Genres [[Adventure]] High adventure, action based narrative often with travel [[Category:Adventure novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Alternate history]] "What If, history had developed differently?" [[Category:Alternate history novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Anti-war]] "War novels, but the message is clearly anti" [[Category:Anti-war novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Autobiographical]] or [[Biographical]] Autobiographical – gives some of the author's life story [[Category:Autobiographical novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Biographical]] Biographical – gives another's life story [[Category:Biographical novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Bildungsroman]] Bildungsroman – a novel of education or a novel of maturation [[Category:Bildungsromans]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Comedy]] Comedy or comic – with humorous content [[Category:Comedy novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Crime]] Crime novel – without the whodunit [[Category:Crime novels]] {{crime-novel-stub}}
[[Detective]] main character is a Detective [[Category:Detective novels]] {{mystery-novel-stub}} or {{crime-novel-stub}}
[[Dystopian]] Dystopian – of hopeless or pessimistic character [[Category:Dystopian novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Epistolary novel]] Epistle like – written as a series of documents [[Category:Epistolary novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Erotic]] Erotic literature of novel length [[Category:Erotic novels]] {{erotic-novel-stub}} (sorts to novel-stub category)
[[Family saga]] Family saga literature of novel length [[Category:Family saga novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Fantasy]] Based on magic, ancient myths and legends [[Category:Fantasy novels]] {{fantasy-novel-stub}}
[[Feminist]] Feminist literature of novel length [[Category:Feminist novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Gothic]] The dark and horrific (see genre) [[Category:Gothic novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[Southern Gothic]] The dark and horrific (see genre) – based in the Southern U.S. [[Category:Southern Gothic novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Historical]]
*With the subcategory for children
Set among historical events, prior to author [[Category:Historical novels]]
*See also: [[Category:Children's historical novels]]
{{hist-novel-stub}}
*{{child-hist-novel-stub}}
[[Horror]] with Horrific, scary subject matter [[Category:Horror novels]] {{horror-novel-stub}}
[[Jacobin]] novels that espouse ideals of the French revolution [[Category:Jacobin novels]] {{hist-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Legal thriller]] Subgenre of the thriller novel is the Legal thriller [[Category:Legal thriller novels]] {{thriller-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Medical]] Subgenre of the thriller novel is the Medical novels [[Category:Medical novels ]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Mystery]] Subgenre of the crime or detective novel is the whodunit [[Category:Mystery novels]] {{mystery-novel-stub}}
[[Non-fiction]] Not included in scope – often misplaced here! [[Category:Non-fiction novels]] {{nonfiction-book-stub}}
[[Paranormal romance]] Subgenre of the Speculative fiction and Romance novel [[Category:Paranormal romance novels]] {{romance-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Parody]] with a character of parodies [[Category:Parody novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Philosophical]] Novels where philosophical ideas form the main crux of the narrative. [[Category:Philosophical novels]] {{philos-novel-stub}}
[[Political]] set in the political environment or politically themed [[Category:Political novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Psychological]] Novels where psychological issues are prominent factors in the story or characterisation. [[Category:Psychological novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Romance]] Romance themed, or based novels [[Category:Romance novels]] {{romance-novel-stub}}
[[Satirical]] Satire based novels [[Category:Satirical novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Sentimental novel]] Novels based in sentimental themes [[Category:Sentimental novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Science fiction]]
*With the subcategory for children
Science advancement, or contact scientifically advanced civilizations [[Category:Science fiction novels]]
*See also: [[Category:Children's science fiction novels]]
{{sf-novel-stub}}
*{{child-sf-novel-stub}}
[[Speculative fiction]] Speculation about worlds – alternatives to the normal Sci-Fi,Alt-Hist,Fantasy, Horror have their own sub-genre (categories and stubs) [[Category:Speculative fiction novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice) or individual spec fiction genre
[[Sports]] Sports themed novels [[Category:Sports novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Spy]] Spying and espionage [[Category:Spy novels]] {{spy-novel-stub}}
[[Techno-thriller]] Thrillers with a technical or modern science element [[Category:Techno-thriller novels]] {{thriller-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Thriller]] Fast paced, action packed suspense [[Category:Thriller novels]] {{thriller-novel-stub}}
[[Time travel]] Subgenre of the Speculative fiction is the Time travel novel [[Category:Time travel novels]] {{sf-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Utopian]] Utopian – of hopeful, optimistic or idealistic character [[Category:Utopian novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Victorian]] Victorian – of the period – mainly British [[Category:Victorian novels]] {{novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[War]] Warfare (mainly modern) [[Category:War novels]] {{war-novel-stub}}
 ::[[American Revolutionary War]] Warfare (American Revolutionary War) [[Category:American Revolutionary War novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[French Revolutionary Wars]] Warfare (French Revolutionary Wars) [[Category:French Revolutionary War novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[American Civil War]] Warfare (American Civil War) [[Category:American Civil War novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[Napoleonic Wars]] Warfare (Napoleonic Wars) [[Category:Napoleonic War novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[First World War]] Warfare (World War One) [[Category:World War I novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[Second World War]] Warfare (World War Two) [[Category:World War II novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[Korean War]] Warfare (Korean War) [[Category:Korean War novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[Vietnam War]] Warfare (Vietnam War) [[Category:Vietnam War novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
 ::[[Anti-war]] "War novels, but the message is clearly anti" [[Category:Anti-war novels]] {{war-novel-stub}} (no specific notice)
[[Western]] American west, with cowboys, gunslingers,
settlers and 'native Americans'
[[Category:Western (genre) novels]] {{western-novel-stub}}
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Novels by age-group including

Overall Genre Description Category Stub template
"can be used in the text and infobox to describe the article" "Use to categorise the article" "Use to mark short and incomplete articles as stubs"
[[Adult]] (i.e. intended for mature readers) Audience mature readers no specific category no specific stub notice
[[Children's]] Audience typically Children [[Category:Children's novels]] {{child-novel-stub}}
[[Young adult]] Audience typically Young Adults [[Category:Young adult novels]] {{ya-novel-stub}}

Here is a list of categories that short stories are often sorted to:

Genres of short stories include:

Overall genre description category stub template
"can be used in the text and infobox to describe the short story" "Use to categorise the article" "Use to mark short and incomplete articles as stubs"
General Short Stories [[Short story]] Those that cannot be described by
categories below
[[Category:Short stories]] {{story-stub}}
Specific Genres [[Alternate history]] Based on alternative views of history [[Category:Alternate history short stories]] {{althist-story-stub}}
[[Comedy]] Based on comedy and humour [[Category:Comic short stories]] {{comedy-story-stub}}
[[Crime fiction]] Based on crime stories [[Category:Crime short stories]] {{crime-story-stub}}
[[Detective]] Based on detective type crime stories [[Category:Detective fiction short stories]] {{detective-story-stub}}
[[Erotic]] Based on stories that are erotic [[Category:Erotic short stories]] {{erotic-story-stub}}
[[Fables]] Based on stories that are fables [[Category:Fables]] {{fable-stub}}
[[Fantasy]] Based on magic, ancient myths and legends [[Category:Fantasy short stories]] {{fantasy-story-stub}}
[[Historical]] Set among historical events, prior to author [[Category:Historical short stories]] {{hist-story-stub}}
[[Horror]] with Horrific, scary subject matter [[Category:Horror short stories]] {{horror-story-stub}}
[[Mystery]] Subgenre of the crime or detective novel is the whodunit [[Category:Mystery short stories]] {{mystery-story-stub}}
[[Parables]] Based on stories that are parables [[Category:Parables]] {{parable-stub}}
[[Pulp]] Based on plup short stories typically appearing in magazines [[Category:Pulp stories]] {{pulp-story-stub}}
[[Science fiction]] Science advancement, or contact scientifically advanced civilizations [[Category:Science fiction short stories]] {{sf-story-stub}}
[[Speculative fiction]] Speculation about worlds - alternatives to the
normal Sci-Fi,Alt-Hist,Fantasy, Horror
have their own sub-genre (categories and stubs)
[[Category:Speculative fiction short stories]] {{story-stub}} (no specific notice) or individual spec fiction genre
[[Spy]] Spying based stories [[Category:Spy short stories]] {{spy-story-stub}}
[[Thriller (genre)]] Fast paced, action packed suspense [[Category:Thriller short stories]] {{thriller-story-stub}}
[[War]] War based stories [[Category:War short stories]] {{war-story-stub}}
[[Western]] Western based stories [[Category:Western (genre) short stories]] {{western-story-stub}}
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Short stories by age-group including

Overall Genre Description Category Stub template
"can be used in the text and infobox to describe the article" "Use to categorise the article" "Use to mark short and incomplete articles as stubs"
[[Adult]] (i.e. intended for mature readers) Audience mature readers no specific category no specific stub notice
[[Children's]] Audience typically children [[Category:Children's short stories]] {{child-story-stub}}
[[Young adult]] Audience typically young adults [[Category:Young adult short stories]] {{ya-story-stub}}

Literary genres

Description Category Stub template
"Use to categorise the article" "Use to mark short and incomplete articles as stubs"
encyclopedic article about the literary genre [[Category:Literary genres]] {{literature-stub}}

These genres are not included within the project's scope:

References (can be made to):

Auxiliary templates[edit]

Article infoboxes[edit]

Infoboxes belong at the top of an article. Each article should only have one infobox depending on what the article is about. Instructions for completion are included on each page.

Project template[edit]

Project templates belong at the top of an article's talk page. Articles may belong to one or more projects. They may also be added to relevant template and category talk pages.

Internal project organization[edit]

Navigational templates[edit]

Work to be done[edit]

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Sorting articles out from the main "dumping categories"

Main cat Stub cat
Category:Books Category:Book stubs
Category:Novels Category:Novel stubs
Category:Short stories Category:Story stubs

Review articles or images (in scope that are being "challenged")

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed novel articles.

Project management work needed[edit]

  • Supervise the announcements template
  • Assist with the production of the monthly newsletter
  • Promote the work of the WikiProject
  • Tag articles on their talk pages
  • Scan for new articles and "bring them into the fold" by encouraging good style and tagging the talk page.
  • Developing the "Task Forces"


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