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30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 14

14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

Ah, ratings. This is one of my bug-bears as there really doesn't seem to be any kind of definitive 'rule' when it comes to what warrants what rating. I have read stories rated G that I would rate R; equally I have read stories rated NC-17 that I would rate G - and I think I over-rate. As such, I pay little attention to ratings when I'm reading.

When it comes to rating my own stories, I don't rate on my own website. However, I do make a point of telling people I don't rate and why I don't rate. And I do an 'overall rating' on the main page for each fandom, so people know stories on that part are rated between G and R or whatever they are. When posting to LJ communities, I rated, because it was expected.

I also for the most part only rated for sex; I didn't rate for language (not that I used a lot of bad language) or violence (again not that I wrote a lot of violence) or anything else. My ratings were pretty much only intimacy/sex based.

Oh and I rated exactly the same for het as I did for slash. I have come across a het stories rated PG and slash stories rated NC-17 where the amount of sex/intimacy, etc. is exactly the same, but because one is slash the author thinks it should be rated a lot higher.

My personal way of rating was/is:
G - The couple in the story are only mentioned as a couple.
PG - The couple kiss in the story.
PG-13 - The couple going to bed together is mentioned in the story.
R - There is some description of sex.
NC-17 - There is a reasonable amount of sex described.

As for what I'm comfortable with, I have written stories ranging from G to NC-17. That said, from what I have read I suspect my NC-17 stories in particular are over-rated. I'm not overly comfortable with writing lots and lots of detailed sex, but I have done it if the story needs it. I'm probably most comfortable around PG-13 (well my version of it).

I'm somewhat bemused by the idea that someone would be 'shocked to discover a story they had written was G-rated'. Surprised, maybe, but shocked? Why would someone be 'shocked'? I can understand someone being 'shocked' to discover they have written NC-17, when they are really only comfortable with writing G. However, I really can't get my head around my someone who is comfortable writing NC-17 would be shocked to discover the story was 'only' G.

That said (getting back to answering the question) no, I can't say I have ever been 'shocked' by 'discovering' (although why I would 'discover' it, given I'm writing it, I know not) a story was a particular rating.

1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?
4 – Do you have a 'muse' character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?
5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your 'muse' or not, what did you do about it?
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?
10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12 – Have you ever attempted an 'adaptation' fic of a favourite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?
14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?
15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka 'bunnies') from?
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favourite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a beta horror story or dream story?
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain 'mood' to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
27 – Where is your favourite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!

Tags: !memes: fanfic/fandom, fandom, fanfic

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