July 15th, 2011

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30 Days Of Fan Fiction: Day 14

14 – Ratings: how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

I almost always write gen, PG-13 at most. I'd rate higher than that for violence in one or two of my stories. I'm not that keen on the accepted US ratings anyway as they seem to be used mainly for sex when there are far more disturbing things than that: violence and torture for instance.

I like the AO3 system where one can warn for different things like sex, violence, character death etc. It's a lot more informative than a plain rating, though I should say that the character death one often constitutes a plot spoiler.

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