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More opinions needed at Requested move Nineteen Eighty-Four → 1984Edit

It would be really helpful to get more opinions here. Thanks! PermStrump(talk)

File:Tom Brown's School Days (1940 film).jpg at FFDEdit

The file File:Tom Brown's School Days (1940 film).jpg was relisted once and is currently nominated for discussion at Wikipedia:Files for discussion, where I invite you for input. --George Ho (talk) 20:50, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

Novels by Colin DexterEdit

The articles on the 13 Inspector Morse series novels by Colin Dexter need work. Only one includes reviews of the novels, and few have any inline citations at all. The first novel is Last Bus to Woodstock, from which you can access the following twelve. I put in a References section in each article, anticipating that there will be inline citations some day. Few have a Plot summary that covers the resolution as well as the crimes, fewer list the the characters. I read one of the novels, The Jewel That Was Ours, and I found two reviews of that novel online. My plot summary is too long by 400 words, so I need to shorten it someday. Two of his novels won the Gold Dagger award for Crime novels, and there is no plot summary for one of those novels nor any external reviews.

I have read just the one book in the series, so I cannot do more than set up a more consistent pattern in the articles. I could hunt for reviews, which I suspect are out there, online perhaps. There is a book cited in each article that apparently collects reviews of the novels, but I do not have that book. The novels were adapted into a television series, and then two more television series, on following the main character's death (Inspector Lewis or Lewis), and the other exploring Morse's early days in the police force (Endeavour). The actor who player Morse, John Thaw, was a very good actor, drawing many viewers to the television series. I tried to separate the mentions of the adaptations from the sections on the novels. There is an article with a List of Inspector Morse episodes, and the plot summaries in those are mainly blurbs; even the longer ones never get to the denouement. Anyway, there are many opportunities for work on the articles about the novels or about the television series. I did expect that the novels would have more complete articles, given the interest in the series, so help is welcome! --Prairieplant (talk)

The Island of Doctor MoreauEdit

The article/page about The Island of Doctor Moreau is incomplete in my opinion. First of all, the layout of the article is poor as the historical context is followed by a long list of related works. Second, the reception section is empty. Third, many of the comments/statements made in the article have no citations/references. My primary concern is to move the long list of related works into a new article for reader comprehensibility. I would like to request help with making this article better. Thanks for reading about my concerns. Leiwang7 (talk) 15:27, 14 November 2020 (UTC)

To me what that entry needs most are references, from which one would then most likely be able to fill some empty sections. The related works can’t really be forked off a new entry until you have enough sources to establish it as a notable topic on its own, so sources have to be the first order of business. Hope that helps! Innisfree987 (talk) 16:28, 14 November 2020 (UTC)
I think the layout is fine the way it is today (I see you rearranged it already), and the empty Reviews section is the glaring need. Without citations to reviews discussing the critiques and evaluations of the novel when it was published and since that time, notability has not been established. The plot summary does not need citations, nor does the list of characters. Adaptations of the novel to films or stage plays are not sufficient to show notability of the novel. I think it may take a serious search to find reviews that are about the novel, and not about a movie adaptation. --Prairieplant (talk) 08:30, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Update to peer review pageEdit

Hi all, I've boldly updated your project's peer review page (Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Peer review) by updating the instructions and archiving old reviews.

The new instructions use Wikipedia's general peer review process (WP:PR) to list peer reviews. Your project's reviews are still able to be listed on your local page too.

The benefits of this change is that review requests will get seen by a wider audience and are likely to be attended to in a more timely way (many WikiProject peer reviews remain unanswered after years). The Wikipedia peer review process is also more maintained than most WikiProjects, and this may help save time for your active members.

I've done this boldly as it seems your peer review page is pretty inactive and I am working through around 90 such similar peer review pages. Please feel free to discuss below - please ping me ({{u|Tom (LT)}}) in your response.

Cheers and hope you are well, Tom (LT) (talk) 00:22, 15 November 2020 (UTC)

Chronicles of Barsetshire EditEdit

Hi all, I have recently edited the article the Chronicles of Barsetshire as part of a University project. I understand you guys must have massive amounts of articles to get through, but would really appreciate it if you could take a look a my article. I am fairly new to Wikipedia, and since this is my first ever article, some advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Ben BjL1504 (talk) 00:03, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Looks pretty good on first reading, as to British style for English, organization of the article, and sufficient secondary sources for notability. --Prairieplant (talk) 19:10, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Transfer of PowerEdit

The Vince Flynn novel Transfer of Power needs serious expansion, including the plot summary, critical reception and such. Someone needs to work on expanding it. BattleshipMan (talk) 19:04, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

BattleshipMan, have you read it? If yes your additions to the plot section would be very welcome and not require any further research on your part. Happy editing, Innisfree987 (talk) 16:46, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

A Certain HungerEdit

Long shot because it’s only just now out in print but has anyone read/listened to A Certain Hunger and might be able to help with the plot? Inspired by great reviews, I started an entry and it seems ripe (ha ha) for DYK but I haven’t gotten to read it yet and don’t want to send to Main Page with a thin plot section. Innisfree987 (talk) 16:43, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

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