I haven’t really thought about this much, until I started reading a book I am currently reading and was shocked by its content, thinking that the book really should come with a warning about its graphic and sensitive content. This then got me thinking even further about people of all ages, who are able to walk into bookstores, libraries or one or two clicks away, from buying all types and genres of books, without needing or worrying about age restrictions.
Movies, games and even cds these days, all have something in common. They all have age restrictions put on them based on their content and the audience they are therefore aimed and limited towards because of their content. So should books be added to this list and have age restrictions added to them based on their content, in order to protect the people who are reading them?
You can argue YES! Why is it that there is no age restriction put on books and anyone of any age can pick up books about topic that may not be suitable for their age. The most obvious example would be Fifty Shades Of Grey. But then what would you say is the correct age limit for this book? 18+, 15+ What is the right age to know, talk or discuss issues? People are all different and their maturity levels are all different. Then we have death, violence, and so many other topics that the list can just go on and on.
But then you can argue NO! Books are a fantastic way of learning and discovering, especially for children and teenagers who are too afraid or too quiet to ask questions to their parents, in a safe place. There are books that have very sensitive topics, that deal with death, violence and so on, discussed in school in very vivid detail. It’s a safe place for them to deal and experience issues such as death, plus gain information and learn about a multitude of topics, that’s range is unthinkable.
So maybe not put age restrictions on books, but I definitely think that books need to come with certains warnings, even if it may cause spoilers! I know I wouldn’t have picked up, or in my case now, have requested to read my current book from Netgalley because of the sensitive scenes involving a child, but it allows you to decide and pick a book more honestly. Some books I think should always come with warnings:
●Books with graphic/torture scenes
●Books about child abuse
●Books about child sex trafficking
What do you think about books and age restrictions? Do you think some books should come with age restrictions? Do you think books should come with warnings? If so, what warnings do you wish were placed on books? Comment below ☺