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31 May 2012


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The thing about ratings is that I always come back to the terrible job the MPAA does with movies. I don't want that same slapdash, non-transparent approach applied to books.

(And, in a way, I feel YA is a rating. If it were appropriate for everybody it would be published as middle grade.)


I can see both sides of the issue, but, as a parent, I would like to be able to more easily know what my daughter is reading (hypothetically, that is. She's 2, so right now, all she's 'reading' is "Pete the Cat")

I'd prefer this compromise: that websites like commonsensemedia.org are more extensively funded and promoted. If you haven't checked it out, this website does give an age-rating, but more importantly, it extensively discusses "questionable content" in the book, critiques whether it is "any good," and lists topics that parents can discuss with their children while they're reading. I understand your example about a book being judged by a "SEXUAL ASSAULT" warning, but in this kind of venue (one that thoroughly discusses the themes and validity of the book), I can't see any harm in informing parents about books (or whatever kind of media, that site reviews movies, websites, etc as well as books).


I listened to that show at work (I usually listen to it, but it just happened to be about YA books that day), and our staff meeting was directly after it. So I got a chance to vent a bit of what I couldn't say to Kerri Miller and company. Andrew Karre made some excellent points. You're right: rock star. :)

Matthew MacNish

I'm paraphrasing here, but for me, the height of the show was when the host asked Andrew something along these lines:

"So do you think that getting young people to read at all is so important, that no kind of labeling or rating should be applied, because the risk of keeping young people from reading is too high?"

Andrew answered, wisely, "Yes."

Great post and summary. Thanks for putting this up.

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