Pendragon Variety – Season 2, Episode 01 – Ratings in Young Adult Fiction


276615_113364595364379_1042078154_nMovies, TV shows, and video games have ratings; the Ladies Pendragon discuss the implications of books–specifically the vast and varied Young Adult market–adopting a rating system.

  • What would a rating system mean for¬†writers,¬†publishers (agents, editors, marketing), &¬†booksellers?
  • What effect might ratings have on consumers? On school libraries and the selection of classic literature in school required-reading? At public libraries? At home?
  • Opinion time: what do you think of adopting a rating system for Young Adult fiction?

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3 Responses to Pendragon Variety – Season 2, Episode 01 – Ratings in Young Adult Fiction

  1. NuchtchasNo Gravatar says:

    This is a great discussion, I’m only part way through and I’m loving it. I love having the librarian perspective and the discussion of classic books and how parents need to be aware of what their kids are reading.

    I remember when the twilight books came out and my brother asked me if I thought it was appropriate for his 12 year old who has a very high reading level. He asked about how much sex was in the books, I told him there was no sex and the violence was low but that if he were to let his daughter read the book he would need to read it with her because the themes could be a bit damaging for a girl her age if she used the book as a blueprint for relationships. He couldn’t understand why the books were in need of supervision if there wasn’t sex and little violence.

    meanwhile, a few years later my niece asked me when she would be able to read the game of thrones books, I told her (with my brother watching) that she might be ready when she’s 15 or 16, or maybe later. We’d have to discuss it then. My brother thought no way could someone under 21 read those books, and I just replied, “sure there is sex and violence in the books, but it’s written with good context. If she reads what’s assigned in school and no have problems, she’ll be fine.

    Alternatively, another niece of mine couldn’t make it through the color purple because of the abuse. It was required reading but she just wasn’t able to handle it.

    • NuchtchasNo Gravatar says:

      I also vote no for book ratings, it gets too far into censorship for me. I already have a problem with genres and subgenres, what makes one thing fantasy and another literature? Apparently it’s all marketing and how much a publisher pays, that will explain why Abraham Lincoln Vampire hunter is in the Literature section.

  2. tibbiNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting topic. Was wondering if any one on the cast know whether the adult books the teens read in class (“All Quiet on the Western Front”, any of Shakespeare) are the actual full text. I remember the day in high school (late 60s/early 70s) my class discovered the text of “Romeo and Juliet” was edited to censor certain portions of the text. It was quite the shock. And we all made sure to read the real text. I’m sure some parents weren’t happy we were doing that. So maybe those high school text don’t have all the forbidden stuff the parents are trying to prevent the kids reading outside of school. So, while it seems the kids are reading adult books, they really aren’t.

    Great podcast. You all do wonders with the topics you pick. :)

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