Let’s talk bookish: Should books have content ratings?

July 9: Should Books Have Content Ratings? (Dani)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by other posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.


Most forms of media have content ratings. In my country television shows are rated based on the content. As for books, the ratings are only based on the kind of story it has. Is it for adults or middle schoolers? It gets confusing when young adult books are placed into the mix. What makes a story more for adults? young adults? kids? middle schoolers? Maybe based on the topic and some trigger warning words in the synopsis readers can get a grasp on the story.

Unless the publisher has placed a content warning, readers can only depend on another reader’s feedback for content rating. Their is no governing body since writing is a free for all space. Anybody can write but not everyone can write a good novel. Also, reader tastes vary, some could get offended with a topic, others may not. This depends on perspective and the reader in general. Books with adult romance content should not be read by children. It is the responsibility of a parent to screen the reading material of their child. It is good to read book blogs and watch booktube for an in-depth review of the book before allowing a child to read a certain book. A standard book rating system would help a lot to know what is appropriate but knowing that a books is for an adult is easy to spot. The book cover would give away the book a lot. Also, most children books are adventure types with powers and magical systems. However, some may not be adventure types like Wonder by RJ Palacio. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to children and adults too.

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Interesting, controversial topic

Again thank you for reading and God bless,

– R



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