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☺ Rating for stories ☺

Post by Amber on Mon May 11, 2015 10:40 pm

For folks who read stories and are curious about the rating, here's a common rating system for video games:

Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.

Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.

E10+ - EVERYONE 10+
Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.

...Needless to say, M and AO are NOT permitted on this site! Rolling Eyes

And here's a common rating system for films and movies:

A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, ***, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, *** scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture.

A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision.
The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture.

A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.

An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.

An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does not mean “obscene” or “*****” in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. The rating simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, ***, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.

...Once again, RATED R and RATED NC-17 are NOT allowed in this site!

And FINALLY... There are television ratings:

(All Children -- This program is designed to be appropriate for all children)
Whether animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are specifically designed for a very young audience, including children from ages 2-6. This program is not expected to frighten younger children.

(Directed to Older Children -- This program is designed for children age 7 and above.)
These shows may or may not be appropriate for some children under the age of 7. This rating may include crude, suggestive humor, mild fantasy violence, or content considered too scary or controversial to be shown to children under seven. Examples include Ren and Stimpy (the Nickelodeon-run episodes), Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Johnny Test, some episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, Goosebumps, (when it aired on the FOX Network), and some live-action teen shows, such as Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and Saved By the Bell.

(Directed to children 7 and older with more violent content)
When a show has noticeably more violent content, it is assigned the TV-Y7-FV rating (the FV standing for fantasy violence). Action-adventure shows such as Digimon, the Pokemon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Power Rangers are assigned a TV-Y7-FV rating. Sometimes, a TV-Y7 rating will be given to children's horror shows, such as The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and The Nightmare Room.

(General audiences)
Programs issued this rating are deemed appropriate for all ages and contain little to no violence, sexual content, or offensive language. However, content in these programs are not always directed towards children. Networks that air informational, how-to content, or generally inoffensive content (such as the Food Network and HGTV) or older archive programming (such as Game Show Network) usually apply a blanket TV-G rating to all of their shows (unless otherwise noted). Some teen shows, such as Hannah Montana, iCarly, and The Suite Life on Deck are given a TV-G rating if their content is considered too strong for a TV-Y7 rating.

(Parental guidance suggested)
This rating signifies that the program may be unsuitable for younger children without the guidance of a parent. Various game shows and most reality shows are rated TV-PG for their suggestive dialog, suggestive humor, and/or coarse language. Some prime-time sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Simpsons, and Seinfeld usually air with a TV-PG rating. Recently, Cartoon Network has been using the PG rating outside of their Adult Swim line-up to rate shows that may contain suggestive dialogue, crude humor, or scary elements, such as Total Drama Island, 6teen, and reruns of Goosebumps (on FOX, Goosebumps was rated TV-Y7 for scary/disturbing content). Many feature films rated PG and some movies originally rated PG-13 and R are edited for content in order to earn a TV-PG rating when shown on broadcast and cable television.

The TV-PG rating may be accompanied by one or more of the following sub-ratings:
D for suggestive dialogue
L for offensive/coarse language
S for sexual content/references
V for moderate violence

(Recommended for people 14 or older)
Programs issued the TV-14 rating are usually unsuitable for children under the age of 14. This rating may be accompanied by any of the following sub-ratings:
D for highly suggestive dialogue
L for strong, offensive and/or coarse language
S for intense sexual situations
V for intense violence

Many programs that air after 9:00 pm are rated TV-14, including late-night staples like The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. Certain PG-13 or R-rated feature films are rated TV-14 when edited for broadcast. Adult-oriented cartoons, such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, syndicated reruns of South Park, American Dad, some select episodes of The Simpsons [such as "Little Big Mom", "Monty Can't Buy Me Love", "There's Something About Marrying," and the "Treehouse of Horror" specials starting with season ten's "Treehouse of Horror IX"], and most of the shows in Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up have been given the TV-14 rating due to crude, suggestive humor, coarse language, graphic violence, or subject matter considered too strong to be rated TV-PG.
Live programming like televised awards ceremonies, concerts, and some specials will be issued a general TV-14 rating, because of the possibility that profanity or suggestive dialogue may occur.

(intended for mature audiences)
A TV-MA rating means the program may be unsuitable for those below 17. This rating was originally TV-M for the first few months of 1997 but was changed because of a trademark dispute and to remove confusion with the ESRB's "M for Mature" rating for video games. The program may contain extreme graphic violence, strong profanity, overtly sexual dialogue, very coarse language, nudity and/or strong sexual content. Although not a very large number of shows carry this rating, South Park is a popular example of a show that carries a TV-MA rating. The film Schindler's List was the first network TV airing to display this rating, and the pilot episode of the CBS police drama Brooklyn South made this series the first network TV series to display the rating. Original programming airing in the late evening on some cable networks generally will carry this rating.
This rating may be accompanied by any of the following sub-ratings:
L for extremely crude or indecent language
S for explicit sexual situations/nudity
V for graphic violence

...Again...TV-14 and TV-M are NOT permitted on this site!

For a list of genres to categorize your stories, check out this website for the proper grouping: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_literary_genres

I think that's it. Any manner of rating your stories is fine, or, you don't have to rate them at all Wink
This is just a guide to help people out a bit Smile

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