1/18/19

We Need Ratings for Books





Guys, I wish books had ratings like movies did.

Now, I can see someone commenting down below something along the lines of,

"But Graayyyyy, they do have ratings!! You have jfict books written for twelve and below, YA written for teens, and NA written for a more college-aged audience, and then just Adult fiction written for, well, either advanced readers or older readerssssssssssss!!!!"

But the thing is, one can go to blockbuster (okay, maybe not anymore, but I have to bring back that nostalgia *sighs* the good old days that weren't actually that good but I remember them in a golden filter for some reason),

ANYWAYS, people could go to a certain section of the genre of the type of movie they wanted to see, but every movie in that genre also has a  s e p a r a t e  rating.


For example, if I go to the horror section and pick up Signs, I can turn it to the back and see that it is rated PG-13 for some more intense moments.

Then if I pick up let's say Along Came a Spider I could easily find out that it is rated R for some violence and language. 

For some reason, we don't have this system when it comes to books??? 

I could pick up a romance book from the YA section and it could be innocent and cutesy, but I could pick up another book from the same section and the characters could sleep together in graphic detail on the second page. 

The only warning we really get about the content in any young adult book is the cover + blurb, and both of those can be deceiving. 


I have four younger sisters who are all (obviously) going to advance in reading soon, two of them are already at a high school level, but of course, we can't just let them read whatever young adult book they want because so many young adult books have language and sexual content. 

I get that everyone has different standards, but I wish readers got more of a warning so those with different morals, triggers, and beliefs could avoid upsetting content. 

Hollywood can do it, why can't our publishing houses? Why can't our indie authors? 

64 comments:

  1. I wholeheartedly agree!! Having both ratings and the reasons for the rating would be so helpful for so many people in selecting books to read. I know I would love it!

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    1. It would be SO HELPFUL. I honestly wonder why we don't have it.

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  2. love this post! <3 <3 I definitely support ratings for books. ;)

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  3. I couldn't agree more. It would be so much easier than doing what we have done in the past, which is to rely on other readers' reviews of the same book. Reviews that are as subjective as the readers themselves.

    P.S. I love the new blog name :)

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    1. It would just make everything sooo simpler. ^^^

      Thank you!!

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  4. Yes! Yes! Yes!!! This makes perfect sense, and I agree completely!

    Oh, new name! Love it!

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  5. YES WE DO!!! I HEARTILY AGREE!!!
    (also, Signs. <333)

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    1. THANK YOU!!
      Oooh, yes, I love Signs, it's amazing! Glass comes out THIS MONTH, I'M SO HYPED!!!!

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  6. I am always complaining about this, we need ratings!

    Gorgeous pictures, by the way.

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  7. I was just thinking this yesterday! We really need to rate books! Maybe this is what you should do - get in publishing houses and change some things for the better of us all ;D

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Yessss. I shall breach their barriers and take over. 😉

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    2. Haha! But I was actually being serious. If you can somehow make a career of rating books (I mean you already for RW going) and become an influential person in publishing houses, maybe this rating thing can become a /thing/ ;D

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    3. That was not ever a career plan, but that is a good idea. Who knows, maybe one day I'll have the opportunity to make that change?

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  8. This makes a lot of sense! The only issue I would bring up is that every country has a different rating system; Australia's Mature is very different from the American, which could cause a lot of confusion considering I order books from suppliers all over the world. So it would be good to have a rating system solely for books, to avoid confusion. :)

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    1. Ohh, that's a good point! We should totally come up with a different rating then for the book community as a whole. ^_^

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  9. I AGREE!!!! I've been taken by surprise a few times while reading, and it is not pleasant. lol

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    1. It's not pleasant at all, I feel your pain. >.<

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  10. I WISH THAT WAS TRUE TOO! On Wattpad it only has mature and not mature, but it would be nicer if it had G, PG, PG-13, and R instead because a story gets rated mature sometimes only because of something small. Plus saying it's mature only, doesn't exactly tell you much about the story.

    Which I feel like should be the same for published (or self-published) books, saying a book is rated G, PG, PG-13, or R.
    -Quinley

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    1. YES, IT WOULD BE SO NICE! I'm not really on Wattpad, but that sounds rough, I wish there was a better system for us, but it looks like we're going to have to make our own.

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  11. From now on, I will put a rating on all my books. :)

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  12. I never thought about this before, but you bring up some really good points! When I'm deciding whether or not to read a book, I'll look at the genre, age range, blurb, sometimes the author or cover, etc. This would just be another tool for people to use to decide whether to read a certain book or simply put it down in favor of another one.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

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  13. Yes, I agree! Especially since I'm always reccomending books I love to my younger siblings and friends and forgetting what's in them and if they're appropriate. There is a website called commonsense media which tells you what content is in books, movies, shows, etc as well as age ratings and parent reviews. I find that quite helpful! Xx

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    1. Yess, I always forget if they have any content or not, so I end up skimming the book just to find out it does!
      I'll have to check that out, maybe that could be just a start, maybe one day we'll have a small section for ratings on the back of every book.

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    2. Haha, same! And yeah, that'd be great x

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  14. Agree agree agree. It doesn't have to be a big thing, either. Just put it on the same page as the publishing details for the people who want to know.

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    1. Exactly! All we want/need is a little more foreknowledge on what we're going to spend an hour or a week reading.

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  15. I love your new blog title, Gray. ❤️

    And yes! This is such an excellent idea. I'd love to not worry about what's on the other side of the page ... but I do. <- one of the many reasons I write. The least we could have is a bit of warning. :/ XD

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    1. Thank you! <33

      I wish we didn't have to worry at all too. :(

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  16. That’s a really good point! Why don’t books have ratings? I have so much trouble trying to find whichYA books are clean or not that i usually don’t even read YA at all.

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    1. Thanks! We need ratings, I wonder why no one does it for their books, it would be so helpful + help them find their target audience so they would see better reviews on their works.

      Finding good YA books is hard, I feel you. :/

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  17. That would be helpful. Reviews can also help. If someone has reviewed them and mentions things, that is. :)

    Just to give you a "rating" on my books, they are all clean. I would hand them to my 11-year-old niece (oh, wait, she just turned 12), a great-grandma, my pastor, anyone, without any hesitation. :)

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    1. Yes, the problem is that reviews are so subjective, I wish we had an overall way of measuring content in a book.

      That's wonderful! We need more clean books.<33

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  18. YES!! Thank you. I have been dreaming of a book rating system for a very long time, but no one will actually DO IT...

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  19. I definitely agree. *takes notes for future publications* Plus, then I could venture away from the love triangles of YA into the actual plots of adult books and know which books I'd be okay reading. ;P

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  20. YES GIRL I have thought this so many times!! Thank you for making a post about it <33

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  21. THANK YOU, GRAY!!! I yes this post so hard, you have no idea. Why can’t books have a rating system like movies? We need this so badly cause it’s just easier than guessing within a genre cause obviously that isn’t working...

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    1. I wish they did, we really need it, especially with all the content now!!

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  22. Definitely agree!! I think even having a brief description why a book is rated a certain way would be a great idea too! Like how when you pick up a PG-13 movie under the rating it will say something like "for some brief language and violence" or whatever. If a book had a similar rating system, it would give readers a good reason why and if it was something to stay away from.

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  23. UM, YES PLEASE. You speak my mind, Gray!!! Movie ratings on books would be AWESOME.

    Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

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  24. Ooooh good point. I’ve basically been “previewing” books for my younger siblings for the past four years and some books have just scarred me. O.O Like, why is that not in the adult section?? Or an even better question, why is it so easy for publishers to let this R-rated stuff slide in a book for 12+?? But yeah, ratings would be sooo appreciated because i’ve basically lost hope in YA ever having new clean books. 😩

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    1. Yess, it’s so hard to find anything good and decent anymore. It’s so bad 😭

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  25. YES!!!! And it's not that hard...just a paragraph on the inside of the cover where all the other book info is. It's really not that difficult...PEOPLE WE NEED THIS COME ON!!!!

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    1. IT ISN'T HARD AT ALL, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE DON'T HAVE A SYSTEM YET!!

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  26. Rating systems can become very controversial. Who gets to choose what is considered "adult" or "unsavory"? Is homosexual content "worse" than heterosexual content (which is the standard for film ratings currently). I think IMDB Parental Guides would be a good model to be utilized with books. They could easily tack it onto Goodreads.

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    1. Man, way to rain on my parade with a good point. :')
      Seriously, though, that is a good point, but couldn't we get around it by not basing it on orientation and simply the sexual content that often is shown with relationships in books?

      I know a lot of Christians would argue against not rating books based on that, but I was thinking more general.

      IMDB Parental Guides is a good idea, I've never thought about that.

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