Tuesday Talk- Book content, Ratings, and should Authors be limited in what they add?

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

This topic idea came to me a couple weeks ago after reading a book review. I’m not going to name who the reviewer was so please don’t ask. But as I was reading the review I found it interesting how the person, in a way, connected her negative feelings towards something and transferred that into the book.

This person went on a tangent (a long paragraph) about how they despise drugs and hate reading about it in books. I completely get this because lets me honest, I have done the same thing. There are just some things I really don’t like reading about.

But the blogger didn’t stop there. They went further and stated how this type of book draws in young readers and how it wasn’t fair to expose them to things like drug abuse. The blogger followed this up by stating this was their opinion on the matter and ending further discussion.

Lets take a look a the book:

Pure TortureSome of the hashtags/shelves that go along with this book are: alpha-male, immaturity, man-ho, asshole-hero, romance, new-adult..

Synopsis:
Cody’s the sexy drummer extraordinaire of the hard rock band Oblivion. Kitty’s the little sister of one of Cody’s band mates and she’s had a secret crush on him for years.

When the band are back home for a few days, the chemistry between them is both unexpected and undeniably off-the-charts.

She quickly realizes that the prospect of having what she’s always fantasized about is a very real possibility.He quickly realizes that although he feels this mind-blowing attraction towards her, she’s the little sister of one of his band mates – he would get his ass kicked from here to hell if he ever laid a finger on her!

But can Kitty convince him? After all, no one else needs to know, a one-time hook-up might suit both of them…or could it ruin everything?

Warning: This story contains hot rock stars, sizzling sexual encounters and language that you would expect from heavy rock musicians used to a life of sex, booze and rock and roll. Pure Torture contains graphic sex scenes and is strictly 18+ only.

Here’s my question or more discussion I am interested in having:

Should authors limit what content they put in their books just because their book might draw a younger audience?

In many ways authors already add ratings to their books, similar to movies. But instead of pg13, you get Ya, Na, erotica… Is that enough of a warning or should authors do more?

How do you feel about exposure? Again, similar questions- should authors limit the content they expose their readers to?

Feel free to answer all, any, or just comment on this topic. It will be interesting to see how everyone feels.


My personal feeling on the matter is anyone and everyone will read what they want to read. You can’t stop a young child from picking up a Steven King book. I think it is unfair and unrealistic to ask authors to limit their creativity based on the notion that younger readers might come across something that others wish they weren’t exposed to.

The sad reality is bad things happen in our world and we cant ignore the issues and refuse to talk about them. They are still going to be there.

As a mother do I want my boys reading about “man-ho” sex, drugs, and rock and roll.. Well, not particularly at a young age. But those topics aren’t going to be new to them. My kids are going to be exposed to what drugs are, what sex is, etc. so they know how to handle different situations they will find themselves in.

Again this is my personal opinion, but you can’t fear exposure. If you try to shelter someone, it just creates ignorance. And often times ignorance breeds stupidity and dump choices.

Now do I think the author should maybe write a warning on their book if it contains strong sexual scenes, yes. Because not everyone wants to read about that and that is just fine.

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