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Subject: tagging for steam level
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 8:21 PM ET
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How would you tag a book with very little sex? It's just *slightly* more than "kisses only" which is what I usually use. Not that I need to tag, but I think it's useful information. Anyone seen a helpful tag?

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 12:06 AM ET
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I don't know, but we do need some sort of a rating system. Maybe like the movie one, G, PG, PG13, R...

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 12:48 AM ET
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I think that would be too complicated for tags, though. It doesn't really matter, I just know some people look for books like that (or deliberately avoid them!)

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 2:54 AM ET
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I've seen "closed door" meaning no sex at all, if that helps.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:35 AM ET
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I like the G, PG, PG-13, R movie type ratings myself and don't generally find them confusing.  TRR uses them, and their ratings system seems to be pretty accurate from what I've seen.  And AAR's "subtle, kisses, warm, hot, burning" ratings system seems very straightforward too.  I've recenly been adding sensuality ratings to all of the reviews I post here, since this is important info to me, and it's also not the easiest info to get.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:48 AM ET
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Well I try and tag a lot of books erotic when I know it has a graphic sex scene.

I don't think the movie rating system would be confusing. I've seen it on other sites. 

Rate G: maybe a small kiss

Rated PG-graphic kissing and maybe the suggestion that they might have had sex

Rated R: sex but not described in super graphic detail-maybe the book has some strong lanquage

Rated X-graphic sex

Rated XX (or higher)-maybe some unconventional sex like menage, toys, bdsm or something that some people don't like to read. 



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Date Posted: 2/26/2009 12:15 PM ET
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I think a rating system would be great.  There are times I would like to read a sweat romance and their are times I want to read a really hot erotica book.  What I would really love to know about books before I read applies mostly to erotica.  I don't mind a threesome if I am prepared beforehand but I would like to know.  I don't like reading any books with BDSM.  If there was a rating system so I could avoid those books that would be great.  I like the idea of rating books based on the movie ratings because that seems simple and everyone already knows that a PG rating is very different from a R rating.  Also I think if you put a tag on a book besides rating it as R a simple couple words about why you put the rating would be good.  Something like this book is rated XX for graphic language and use of toys.  Other sites I have known use little hearts for romance level and little fires to descripe passion or heat of the book.  It works but I think using the movie rating system would be easier.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 5:12 PM ET
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I don't think it would convey much in a tag, I meant. I guess if you put "PG rating" or "warm rating" that could work.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 6:21 PM ET
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I think something like

"Rated R for strong sexual content" or "rated X for graphic sexual content".  "Rated PG for suggestive language and mild sexual content" something like that.  Although instead of rated X you can just tag a book "Erotic content".  That would even work for some R rated books. I know I"ve read a lot of books that aren't classified as erotica on PBS but contain graphic sex.  There just isn't as many scenes and they are usually more plot driven then a straight erotica book.