In contrast to last week’s question–What do you think of censoring books BECAUSE of their intended age? Say, books too “old” for your kids to read?
My kids? Let’s go with my brother’s hypothetical children, since they will actually exist. Ahem.
Now, I can see some good in censoring books with explicit sexual conduct and explicit violence, but I think censoring is too strong a word. A rating system similar to the MPAA’s rating systems for films (which is still borked, according to This Film is Not Yet Rated) would be more fair; I remember, as a wee lass, that FanFiction.Net has a rating system in place. Look, bookish kids are going to read whatever they want—I read American Gods at the tender age of thirteen, and Patton Oswalt discusses in Zombie Spaceship Wasteland how his parents actually bought him, unknowingly, remarkably explicitly sexual and violent speculative fiction novels aimed at adults and not children or young adults. Censoring is ultimately going to be an empty gesture for these kids, but some people do think twice about picking something up with a lot of gore, and such a rating system wouldn’t hurt, especially given what we have now.