The Great Debate: Age Ratings for YA Titles?


G.P. Taylor and Patrick Ness recently got into an argument about age ratings for YA titles. Basically, G.P. Taylor thought that Young Adult novels should have age ratings, while Patrick Ness argued that it was a form of book censorship and that kids were going to find a way to read what they wanted to read regardless of age ratings.  You can find that article here.

Let’s take a moment to think about age ratings. Are they appropriate? Would you, as a parent, prefer to know the age rating of a book your child was reading? Would your child’s age factor into it?

I don’t think I like the concept of age ratings. I am really against book censorship, and age ratings seems exactly like that. Thinking of all of the young adult books I have read, I don’t think that there were many that prompted me to voice concerns. Yes, some young adult books have vampires, magic, shapeshifters, etc. They can also have nothing to do with any of those aspects. So, how would age ratings even go about? If a book included a romance would it be rated for children above the age of thirteen? What if that romance did not include anything sexual or inappropriate?

I want to know what you guys think about age ratings. If you were to rate books according to age, how would you go about it?

Sound off in the comments section!

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!




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