Booking Through Thursday (24) Rating Systems for Books
|This Week BTT Asks: |
Do you think BOOKS should have a ratings system?
Good question this week. Honestly I do not see the need for a rating system. Books are already divided into categories such as Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult, Non-Fiction etc.... What I wouldn't mind seeing however is a very small on the back Mature Content warning on Young Adult books. Not on the front cover with a big honking red sticker (hate those). On the back, under the blurb.
I would also not mind seeing Young Adult signs in bookstores with age groups written underneath. I know Borders used to do this but I can't remember if Barnes&Noble does. To me Young Adult starts after 13 and that's even pushing it as I'd personally prefer it marketed to 14+ but lots of the parents seem to think the content in those books is okay for a 10 or 12 year old. For some readers sure, I was reading adult horror books at the age so can't really judge. However, for parents who seem to shy away from the naughty I think most YA these days isn't suitable for pre-teens. Putting the recommended ages under the sections at the store might stop book bashing by these particular parents as the blame falls solely on them if they go against the recommendation and buy it anyway.
Anyway that's pretty much my only suggestions. I don't want to see good books turned bad because of a few sexual innuendos or cuss words. That is why I strongly believe a rating system wouldn't work. What is to much for one rater might not be for another. It's to subjective.
Now for my questions:
Do you think books need a movie style rating system?
Have you ever picked up a book and been shocked by its content?
If so, Which book was it?
Do you think a rating system would of influenced your decision to buy it?
Leave me your answers in the comments below. I love reading your responses!