2A - No links to copyrighted materials. It's on the internet for free. We know. If we cared enough, we'd find it ourselves. Don't try and be clever or coy about it, just don't do it.
2B - No asking for copyrighted materials to be posted or sent. This includes asking for invites to member-only file sharing sites. I don't want to see an invite-swapping thread here.
3. Watch the flamebaiting/Disguised Postcount +1. Don't just say "X Author is terrible" or "X Series is the best ever!". Elaborate. The only thing more annoying than a post saying "X sucks" in the middle of a giant thread discussing it's merits is a giant thread of nothing but "Oh me yarm I love it!" with no other content.
4. Comics go in the new Subforum. Comics include Manga, Webcomics, The Sunday Funnies, Western Superhero Comics, and pretty much every combination of artwork + text.
5. Spoiler Your Plot Elements. Unless the title of the thread has the word Spoilers in it, I fully expect you to use the spoiler tags to hide plot elements. Let's take The Hobbit for example. Naming the Dwarves is fine. Talking about the ring Bilbo picks up should probably be spoiled. Discussing the Battle of Five Armies or Smaug getting taken out needs to be in Spoilers. When in doubt, if it happens in the last half of the book, put it in spoilers.
On the outside chance you don't know how to spoil anything.. you type the word spoiler in between brackets  followed by the text you want hidden, followed by /spoiler in brackets 
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[spoiler]This is a spoiler of something important[/spoiler]
*Alright, that's not bloody likely, but you get the idea, right? I'm just using Lord of the Rings as a stand-in for whatever book you're discussing.
6. Don't Be A Dick. High Culture is a pretty relaxed, free place. I like it like that. A certain amount of banter is to be expected and I'm fine with that. Calling a particular person an idiot... I'd really rather you didn't, and should someone call you an idiot, I'd prefer that you not respond in kind, but generally speaking if it's just a post or two, I'm going to let it slide. We're all relaxed, happy friends here, and I want it to stay that way.
That said, I will not tolerate insulting entire groups of people. I won't tolerate continued insults and belittlement. I won't tolerate constant jackassery...which is fairly ill-defined, I know. I suppose that if a thread is going along fine, someone enters the thread and says something, and an argument breaks out... well, okay. Heated posts for a little bit are one thing. Two pages of arguing are something else. There's a line in there somewhere and like pornography, I can't define it but I know it when I see it.
I have been given the tools to deal with this in a more effective manner, and as I'd much rather spend my moderating time merging like posts and deleting spam rather than being a playground chaperone, I plan on using this tool when I deem it necessary.
This tool doesn't remove you from Gaming, or Food, or Comics. It removes you from High Culture. So, yes, if you're being a jackass in Books it doesn't matter how much you've contributed to Movies - you're gone. I'm tired of dealing with it.
This is your warning.