July 14th, 2011

Occasions: Halloween (House)

Thirty Day Fan Fiction Writing Meme. Day #14

Once again snaggled from dinozzoitis

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Day 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?

I find ratings impossible, to be honest. There is nothing set in stone and people have different opinions over them. One person's PG will be someone else's NC-17. I rate my stories simply because I have to for the various challenge comms I take part in. So it's not an easy question.

I know I over-rate at times, give it a PG-13 when others would rate it PG. Yet, I've seen stories rate PG-13 which I'd rate G - so there you go *g* Equally I've seen people rate anything slash, even if there isn't even a kiss and no bad language, etc. with a minimum of PG-13, simply because it is slash - something that really annoys me. I rate my slash and het the same.

And are we talking ratings for sex or other things? A story might have zero sex in it but be heavy on gore and language, etc.

However, taking it generally going by how I use ratings and basing the rating purely on the sexual content, then I'm most comfortable with PG-13 or mild R (non-graphic sex) I suspect some stories I rate R would be rated PG-13 by others.

Yes, I have written higher (again basing it purely on the sexual content). I have written NC-17. When I first started to write I believed/was led to believe it was the 'done' thing to include a fairly graphic sex scene in every story - so I did. I wasn't comfortable with doing it, if I'm honest, and certainly not using the 'standard' terminology, but I did it - and despite not feeling comfortable doing it, it turned out okay.

However, as time went by and I felt more confident with myself, I decided I didn't need to keep writing scenes I didn't really enjoy writing and it wasn't necessary to include detailed sex scenes. So I stopped. Now most of what I write is fade to grey and when I do write a love-making scene I use terminology with which I'm comfortable.

Why would I be shocked to discover a story I was writing was G-rated? Huh??? Fanfic is about far, far, far more than just the sex.