So without further adieu here it is!
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? – Booking Through Thursday
A resounding YES!!
Do I think that means you have to be a certain age to buy certain ratings of books? No. I mostly think ratings are good for us parents. I love reading and hopefully my kids love reading; but due to this reading love I am at times shocked by what is considered teen or ya… etc. Other parents where they maybe aren’t big into reading and simply send their kids off to their specified age section to pick a book could use a little rating system to help them out. Just because it is a teen book doesn’t mean I would want my teen to read the book with or without me. I want to know what topics and themes are being discussed and at the same time I don’t want to have to read EVERY book my kid wants to read.
Taking away the parent aid there are books I wish had a warning, especially in the New Adult genre. This new genre goes from closed door scenes to full on smut; an actual plot to no-plot. I don’t wanna read an erotica book disguised as a New Adult book. I would love a rating system so I know exactly what I am getting my hands on. For clarification, I do know that the NA rating system is 18+ but like I’ve said, I have read some that are 18+ just due to what is going on (drinking, mild language, abuse… etc) and others where I have stopped reading because the story was considered secondary to the smut, not my idea of a good read.
With this said I do think that is the ‘good’ about sites like Goodreads (pun intended). You can read reviews, see how books are tagged, whom is reading and loving and get a feel for the book. This isn’t iron clad but at least you are getting more information then just a genre, summary and star rating.
What about you? What are your thoughts on a book rating system?