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Reading requirements

There shouldn't be any strict requirements about this. Some questions, such as reading-order questions, are best asked before someone has read the books. But even for plot explanation or literary ...
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How should Literature.SE handle in-universe questions?

The best answers cover both in-universe and out-of-universe reasons. The character did X because they didn't yet have the information that Y would be better and W wouldn't be consistent with their ...
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How to decide where to post questions that are on-topic for multiple sites

Wherever you want. As an active member of both SFF and Lit, I faced this decision also. Lately, I've been more active here, because this is a fledgling site and needs lots of good questions. SFF is ...
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Is a question asking about the real-life inspiration for ALL characters in a book too broad?

It depends on whether it makes sense as a single, unified question. The deciding factor here can't be a number -- "It's OK to ask about the inspiration of five characters, but six is too many." That ...
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Should we bowdlerise obscenities in question titles?

The Stack has a "no expletives" policy, but several sites have found that where clarity is at stake quoted expletives should be permissible. I think we could pretty much copy-paste the RPG....
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How do I ask a good question about the meaning of a passage?

First, check that your question is on topic here at Literature. Then, include: the name of the author and the title of the work; the passage you are asking about; enough context for people to be able ...
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How to indicate what kind of answer you're looking for?

What is a way to communicate these preferences without being rude? Make it clear that they're your preferences, without implying that anyone who doesn't share the same preferences is wrong or foolish....
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How should Literature.SE handle in-universe questions?

I'd say we should treat them similarly. The only difference between literary analysis questions and more diegetic questions is that the former is more advanced than the latter. Questions that are more ...
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What are the rules for asking about song lyrics?

or should the song in questions have lyrics that have at least some literary merit? That's a very slippery slope you're looking at there. How could we possibly define 'literary merit' in an objective ...
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What are the rules for asking about song lyrics?

Every kind of song lyrics are on topic. Take a look at How will we avoid literature snobbery? - this seeks to prevent exactly that: only accepting 'serious' literature. We don't only deal with '...
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Is a question asking about the real-life inspiration for ALL characters in a book too broad?

Looks perfectly fine to ask about all of them at once. As you mentioned in the question, Were other characters apart from Alice inspired by real life people? talks about a lot of different characters -...
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How to decide where to post questions that are on-topic for multiple sites

Questions for which answers that are entirely in-universe are, for the most part, non-"literary". (i.e. minutiae about a plot point or a character is not "literary" unless it can be connected to a ...
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