Talk:Childhood's End

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Lead paragraph issues[edit]

Spoilers in the initial description:

The initial description contains huge spoilers for the whole story. After looking at this wiki page hoping to gain a little bit more info on the book I was met with the basic retelling of the plot line from start to finish, twists included, in the description. Ruined the book for me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:59, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, but Wikipedia isn't spoiler-free. It's Pampas Cat! 03:39, 4 October 2013 (UTC)
True, but the opening paragraph gives a synopsis of the entire plot, which is just unnecessary. From the wiki style page on lead sections (emphasis mine):
| The first paragraph should define the topic with a neutral point of view, but without being overly specific
There is too much information in the lead section; users who want a complete plot synopsis can read the section marked plot summary. Also, take the example of the Rendezvous with Rama opening paragraph - it does not include a full synopsis. Psychlohexane (talk) 06:56, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
I don't agree, and the example you give is neither a GA nor a peer reviewed article. Our best articles on works of fiction have complete synopses in the lead. Viriditas (talk) 05:30, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
I can't find a single example that backs your claim that the entire plot synopsis is commonly found in an article's lead paragraph. And I think the wikipedia manual of style should probably be followed, unless you have some good reason not to. I randomly searched popular works of fiction, here are the "good" articles on novels I found, none of which summarize the entire plot in the lead pgph:
Psychlohexane (talk) 00:40, 5 November 2014 (UTC)