Help! I'm British and I don't get the whole NC-17, R etc. etc. ratings thing. Which is worse? What sort of things should make a story NC-17? Help!
An R rating is lower than an NC-17 rating. I believe that extreme descriptions of violence, torture, bad language, and graphic sex all need to be labeled NC-17. (I'm sure someone can list more things found in an NC-17 fic, but those are just the ones I could name off the top of my head.)
Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters. — Neil Gaiman
Here are the ratings descriptions from the MPAA (which, I believe, is where fanfic adopted the ratings from).
Writing should feel easy, like a monkey driving a speed boat.
Generally, no one under the age of 17 is allowed to read or write NC-17 fics.
Actually, it means no one 17 or under, therefore, no one under 18. LOL Crazy yankie ratings!
I actually use Aussie ratings for my fics and just add the American ones in brackets when posting on LJ etc (and of course I convert them to whatever rating type archives are using, whether it be American ratings or fan-rated). But really, as long as it is clear enough what sort of age group the fic is suitable for, that's all that matters.
Okay, I think I've got the idea. If I get it wrong, I'm sure someone will tell me. Maybe I'll go over-cautious though, just to be safe! Thanks for all the help, guys!
If you are under the age of 17, please use your head and do not read fics that are labeled "NC-17". Parents, I cannot control what your children are reading, so please be advised that the majority of the fics archived here are NOT suitable for those under the age of 17.
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