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Mon, Dec 4, 2017 10:48 PM

Title Literature Pages

As Col mentioned in his recent announcement (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0), we are implementing several changes to IMDb. 

One of those changes is the deprecation of the Literature title sub-pages. The pages today are a mix of media related to the title,including: books on which the title was based; academic articles about the title; and even some written interviews related to the title. The Literature title sub-pages have generally received very little customer usage. 

While we understand that some of you may be disappointed with this decision, it’s worth noting that your contributed data will not be lost. Taking down the Literature title sub-pages will enable us to build a more compelling experience in the future.


Some areas that we’re exploring are: possibly introducing a more obvious tie between a title and a book,and potentially enabling you to vote on how closely the title aligns to the book.  When we move forward with any new Literature functionality, we’ll leverage your contributed data.

Thank you.

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It has been over two years since IMDb got rid of the Literature section, but I think that it would be a good idea to look into bringing it back.

I happened to be reading Sports Illustrated, and I saw an 8-page article about the making of Ford v Ferrari. This is something that would clearly have been in the domain of the Literature section, when that section existed.

The categories of literature that IMDb used to use may need to be revised if the section is brought back. For example, I suspect that we would want to distinguish between a novel that a film is based on and a novelization based on a film and list them in separate categories. (Even a film based on a novel can have a novelization -- which happened with the 1994 version of Little Women.) There are also books about the art of a film, children's storybooks based on films, and books about the making of films -- not necessarily favorable to the filmmakers (consider the books about The Bonfire of the Vanities or Heaven's Gate). And that's just for films -- there are lots of books about TV series, too. In fact, two different publishers have book series about "Popular Culture and Philosophy" or "Philosophy and Pop Culture", and both include dozens of TV-series themed books.

There may be kinds of books that IMDb might not want to cover -- like coloring books and activity books (see these examples for Frozen II). Or maybe you would want to include them -- I don't know. And you probably don't need full publication information for film sources which are public domain books from the 19th century, for example, and even less for much older source works like the Bible or ancient Greek plays. But these are all issues that can be worked out if we discuss them.

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Hell, yeah!