I edited the synopsis section to make it flow better and be more exciting to read. I was thinking that this main page, while full of wonderful info, is too big to be navigated comfortably. Should we move the "Detailed Synopsis" to it's own page? We could still keep the heading and such and just have a link to a page that contains it. I think it would be less confusing and make the page a bit neater as well. --Jsblack 06:01, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

what do you guys think would be a good opening quote for this page? I'm thinking of putting the dedication at the top of the page, but it might be better to have something cooler, like "He who controls the spice, controls the universe!" or something like that. --Jsblack 04:31, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, this page is pretty unwieldy. It works ok for Wikipedia (where, of course, it came from), but seems too large and cumbersome here. In particular, we really don't need both a 'Synopsis' and then a 'Detailed Synopsis'. So if you want to take a knife to it I don't mind at all.
You bring up good points which affect the wider wiki. We need to standardize the structure of novel pages, so they are all consistent. And considering how important they are to the Duniverse we probably need to focus on improving these pages fairly soon. Some pages, like Children of Dune are very short, while this one is super long. I think the length and structure of the Dune Messiah article is a good mixture.
All that said, how about this for a standard novel page structure. Each of the below points would be a separate section. Please let me know if you think I've missed something!
  • Synopsis (try to keep to max of 650 words)
  • Themes
  • Major characters (simply a wiki-linked list)
  • Awards and nominations
  • Screen adaptations (if applicable)
  • Trivia
  • References
  • External links
I really like your idea of having a quote at the start of the content: it's very in keeping with Frank's style, and a nice touch. But maybe have it at the start of the synopsis. I'm thinking the top of the page should consist of an brief intro summary (along the lines of "Dune is a classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, and the first in the series of Classic Dune novels").
The quote should probably sum up the novel (or at least the major theme of it). So for this page maybe "He who controls the spice, controls the universe!". Maybe mention the dedication as a trivia point.
But I'd be really interested to hear other people thoughts too. :-) --Careax 06:33, 18 June 2007 (UTC)
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