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Talk:Portal:Book Characters

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What's the rule of thumb for which book characters we should create articles for? I think characters who "appear" (are present in the narrative) definitely need articles. What about characters who don't appear but are mentioned (such as Condor from A Matter of Trust or Mrs. Dearing from Dirty Deeds)? If we do include these characters, we should add Friedkin from Brave New World as well. --Radicell (talk) 19:58, 22 November 2015 (EST)

  • Condor should definitely be added, as he is mentioned a million times. Mrs. Dearing probably should not be added, as she is only mentioned once in passing. Same as Friedkin. I will take Mama Dearing off now. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 20:15, 22 November 2015 (EST)
    • All the characters I added to Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World are characters that have speaking roles. I left out a couple of characters who have names but are only mentioned in passing, or who appear but don't have any dialogue. -Kon (talk) 02:20, 23 November 2015 (EST)
      • To summarize, then, it seems there are two determinants: whether a character is named or unnamed, and whether a character "appears" in the text or is merely mentioned. Right now we definitely have articles for named characters who appear, and we definitely don't need articles for unnamed characters who are merely mentioned (such as the various examples of evos in the United States given by Gregory Quaye in STC, DTW). It seems that for the other two categories we go on a case-by-case basis, which I'm okay with. For example we've judged that although Mrs. Dearing, Friedkin, Condor, and all of Hiro's old crushes were all named and mentioned though never appeared, the latter two were mentioned enough times and/or were adequately related to plotlines that we are making an article for (each of) them, though neither of these conditions hold for the former two. Unnamed characters who do appear seem to be given the same treatment: the blazing homeless man and intern from Dirty Deeds and the calculus tutor from Saving Charlie are examples of characters who "made the cut", as opposed to the litany of unnamed newscasters, clerks, receptionists, drivers, and telephone operators that our characters have had interactions with. --Radicell (talk) 13:05, 23 November 2015 (EST)
        • Agree. I haven't read STC, DTW yet, so I can't comment on those characters. But ultimately, it'll be a case-by-case situation. I guess we will err on the side of including more than less (so long as somebody wants to write the articles), but I think this is a good discussion and some good guidelines (not hard and fast rules), and it ultimately comes down to a case-by-case judgment. Good work, everybody. :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 18:03, 23 November 2015 (EST)