BTT asks: Movies have a rating system to help guide the consumer weed out adult/violent/inappropriate kinds of films. Video games do, too. Do you think BOOKS should have a ratings system?
Well that’s an interesting thought. I can see how it would be helpful…for parents trying to find age appropriate books. I guess it would also be helpful in terms of heat level in the romance/erotica genre. I know not everybody is comfortable with explicit/graphic sexual scenes.
There are also those that like BDSM lite but not the grittier stuff, and some would like a violence rating.
I guess my problem with it is who is going to decide on the ratings? My tolerance for things is not the same as others. Let me give you some examples of why this makes me uncomfortable.
First…when Harry Potter came out there was such a huge uproar about it, and it’s suitability for children that I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about. I read it. I loved it. I thought it was entirely suitable, and the uproar over it was…well asinine to be honest. A rating might have put it in the teen category which I think would be silly.
Next up…The Twilight series. Stephanie Meyer herself has said that she didn’t write it for the YA genre. I’ve never thought it belonged there. Who knows what a rating would have done to it? After all…it has violence, sex, pregnancy…No…I don’t think a rating would’ve been helpful to this series.
The 50 Shades trilogy suddenly got labeled as “Mommy Porn” when it became a huge best-selling series. That is one of the most offensive tag lines I’ve ever seen used by the media. It still pisses me off when I think about it. I’m sure a ratings board would have had a field day trying to decide if it warranted an M for mature, an R for restricted, or an X for adult only.
I guess I’ve just pretty much talked myself into saying NO! I think it might have some merit, but I also think it’s too subjective.
What about you?