How do you rate?


It seems there are always new ways to regulate our lives. Not all of them are beneficial, and in fact some of them are intrusive, obnoxious, and unnecessary.

So. It’s been suggested that Christian Fiction use a ratings system on their books similar to those used to identify films, i.e. R for Restricted viewing for anyone under 17 without an adult all the way down to the totally inoffensive G for General audiences including children.

I’ve been pondering this idea and discovered I’m not totally opposed to it. I’m not convinced it’s a great idea, but neither am I staunchly against it. It only solves the problem of noting the separation of types of novels for readers. I seriously doubt it will halt the outcries of the Christian Fiction Police who will complain that no Christian should be writing an R-rated novel, exclamation point.

I’ve put together my Suggested Rating Categories as follows. Feel free to add your own.

C: (Children) For infants to young readers

AC: (After Children) From young readers through elementary readers

MG: (Middle Grade) For pre-teens through young teens

T: (Teens) Through high school

YA: (Young Adult) Some teens through early 20s

Adult: Advised for adult readers

F: (Female) Women’s Fiction

M (Male):Geared to Men

G/M/F: General Audiences (Male and Female)

MT: Mature Themes

R: Restricted due to Extreme Violence and/or Sexual Situations and/or Language Issues; Adult Themes

We all know sophisticated young people who’ve graduated to Adult reading long ago – whether or not they should have. This ratings system only clarifies categories and can be combined with a genre label. For example: F/R could indicate Female/Restricted citing Women’s Fiction with Sexual References. Or H/G Historical for General Audiences.

Shown in a circular label on the back cover beneath the back cover copy, unobtrusive but evident to potential readers? Your thoughts/opinions?

Nicole Petrino-Salter writes love stories with a passion. And a little rebellion.

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