Monday, December 10, 2007

random thoughts...

Just a small question to throw out there into the intertubesphere...
How come there has never been an attempt (maybe there was?) to put ratings on books?
Movies have ratings G, PG, PG-13, R, etc... Video Games have ratings, E, M, etc...
Why did it never take hold with books?
I don't know if it's good or bad, I'm just curious. I guess there is almost always a "kids" section in most book stores, but even so.
Anyone have any ideas how the publishing world skirted this issue?

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JWD said...

Hm. Interesting question. I think you're right that the various classifications of books (childrens, youth, teen, young adult) act as a rating system of sorts. Though how and who makes the decision of how a book gets classified, I don't know. I imagine the publishers do it themselves.

But I think where books intersect with a ratings system is probably more along the lines of censorship or book banning. (Of which our Mother took part, as I recall, in trying to get "Deenie" and "Then Again Maybe I Won't" banned from our elementary school library.)

I think there's an interesting history of book banning; in fact, that is something I think you in particular would find fascinating because it has to do with controlling the dissemination of ideas!

Here is Wiki's entry on
banned books.

cyen said...

interesting list...
I was surprised to see Dr. Seuss on that list.
Interesting too that many of those listed comes down to political views and or religion.
Thanks for the link :)