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This is a proposal for a standard style for out of universe works.

I've included bulleted notes on areas that need explanation, or where I feel I need to explain my choice. They are there as a provisional measure, and if this were ever finalized, they would of course not be needed.

NovelsEdit

  1. Brief introduction to work. Contains title, author, publication date, and whatever series the work is a part of.
  2. Publisher's summary
    • Significant characters only, by which I mean, those characters who have a distinct impact on the novel in question. Whether they're main characters in other works shouldn't matter. So, for example, Luke in whichever Rogue Squadron book he cameoed in wouldn't count.
  3. Plot summary
    • In present tense. I trust people can use their own discretion in figuring out where to draw the line on how detailed it is.
  4. Dramatis personae
  5. Other sections. Bestseller, fan reaction, controversy, etc.
  6. Stub
  7. See also
  8. External links
  9. Series template (if applicable)
  10. Category

Comics (Trade Paperbacks)Edit

  1. Brief introduction. Number of issues and publication date. Leave credits to the issue pages.
  2. Publisher's summary
  3. Plot summary
    • If it's an arc. Siege of Saleucami, Tales of the Jedi, Dark Empire and so forth fall under this. I'm doing this rather than leaving it all to the individual issues for major arcs that work as one story. Basically, so something like Dark Empire would be told as the one story it is rather than split up into 6.
  4. Dramatis personae
    • See Plot summary.
  5. Issues
  6. Stories
    • If Tales.
  7. Other sections
    • If it's an arc, include notes on the arc as a whole here. Dark Empire, for example, could have quite a bit here.
  8. Stub
  9. See also
  10. External links
  11. Series template (if applicable)
  12. Category

Comics (Individual Issues)Edit

  1. Brief introduction. Writer, pencils, inks, colorist. Release date.
  2. Publisher's summary
  3. Plot summary
    • Unless it's Tales or Clone Wars Adventures, in which case, this section is Stories.
  4. Dramatis personae
  5. Collections
    • A list of collections with this comic.
  6. Other sections
  7. Stub
  8. See also
  9. External links
  10. Arc template
  11. Category

Newspaper strips/WebstripsEdit

  1. Brief introduction. Writer, pencils, inks, colorist. Date it began and ended (if it has). Number of issues total, if it ended.
  2. Publisher's summary
    • On the OS, it's more like a blurb.
  3. Plot summary
  4. Dramatis personae
  5. Other sections
  6. Stub
  7. See also
    • If it's an adaptation, list the original.
  8. External links
    • Includes {{hyperspace}} for all the webstrips currently existing.
  9. Category

Short StoriesEdit

  1. Brief introduction. Author, illustrator (if there is one). Original publication it was included in, followed by any subsequent ones.
  2. Publisher's summary
    • Do these even have them?
  3. Plot summary
  4. Dramatis personae
  5. Other sections
  6. Stub
  7. See also
  8. External links
  9. Category

Comics (Individual Stories)Edit

  1. Brief introduction. Writer, pencils, inks, colorist. Original publication it was included in, followed by any subsequent ones.
  2. Publisher's summary
  3. Plot summary
  4. Dramatis personae
  5. Other sections
  6. Stub
  7. See also
  8. External links
  9. Category

Non-Narrative/Reference BooksEdit

  1. Brief introduction. Author and publication year.
  2. Publisher's summary
  3. Table of contents
    • Major headings.
  4. Other sections
  5. Stub
  6. See also
  7. External links
  8. Series template
  9. Category

GamesEdit

  1. Brief introduction. Developer, publisher, platforms, and release year.
  2. Opening crawl (if applicable)
  3. Plot summary
    • Clearly this only applies to the narrative elements of games. In a game with multiple campaigns, include each campaign under a subheading.
  4. Dramatis personae
  5. Gameplay
    • Pertinent details only. Is it an FPS? RPG? Real time? Turn based? 2D? 3D? Out of universe details on the game itself.
  6. Cast
    • If applicable.
  7. Other sections
  8. Stub
  9. See also
  10. External links
  11. Series template
  12. Category

MoviesEdit

  1. Brief introduction
  2. Opening crawl
  3. Plot summary
  4. Cast and crew
    1. Cast
    2. Crew
  5. Reaction
  6. Other sections, including:
    1. Filming
    2. Novelization
    3. DVD release
  7. Stub
  8. See also
  9. External links
  10. Movies template
  11. Category

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