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 Post subject: When do you think a book should carry a warning label?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:22 pm 
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We all have different tastes and I fully respect that, but there are some things that I just don't want to read about. Animal cruelty and rape are top of my list. Two of the romance novels I bought recently contained these and I couldn't finish them, for me, reading is purely light-hearted entertainment, if I wanted something containing heavy or sad scenes, I'd buy it. If it is in my romance novel I'd like to know, maybe I should have read more reviews, but then most sites say don't give away plot devices or spoilers in the reviews, so should a label be provided as a warning or not?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:46 pm 
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Hi, L.C., I'm thinking that a label saying Violence Against Women or Animals would work. But not be a specific plot spoiler. Perhaps VAW or VAA or VAC for children.

That way the reader would have a heads-up and do more research before spending time or money. Not recalling reading this in romance, what were the books?

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 Post subject: Re: When do you think a book should carry a warning label?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:45 pm 
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Hi Janie, I love your ideas for the warning symbols, that would be great. I deleted the books from my kindle so can't give you the titles etc., but they were both historical.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:41 pm 
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What bothers one person is not a problem for others.
How would the author/publisher know what to list on the labels? This book contains, a car accident, mentions someone dying of terminal illness, abandonment by a parent etc....it could be a really big label.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:44 pm 
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What bothers one person is not a problem for others.
How would the author/publisher know what to list on the labels? This book contains, a car accident, mentions someone dying of terminal illness, abandonment by a parent etc....it could be a really big label.



Lynn, I totally agree with you. I just skip over that part of the book.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:52 am 
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I think most of the time the jacket cover will give me enough clues to know whether I want to read it. For example, I am not interested in vamps, zombies, shapeshifters, gays or lesbians H/hs. If I am surprised at something in the book, like some others here, I will skip over it.

L.C., I read some excerpts of some of your work. I enjoyed them very much, particularly your humor in them.

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Judy G. wrote:
L.C., I read some excerpts of some of your work. I enjoyed them very much, particularly your humor in them.

Thanks Judy, I love humor and admit I am a bit of a goofball most of the time.

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 Post subject: Re: When do you think a book should carry a warning label?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:20 pm 
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Actually, I think the reviews of books in RT give indications of these kind of things. They usually say that some scenes might be too intense for readers, etc.
They definitely give info on vamps, etc. and even gay/lesbian storylines. Honestly, I don't think anything really bothers me in books -- maybe really macabre killings -- and if I ran into something, I'd probably skim through it or if it ruined the story for me, throw it against a wall or delete it. Hasn't happened yet. I only do that for boring books LOL.

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 Post subject: Re: When do you think a book should carry a warning label?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:54 am 
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Linda7849 wrote:
Honestly, I don't think anything really bothers me in books -- maybe really macabre killings -- and if I ran into something, I'd probably skim through it or if it ruined the story for me, throw it against a wall or delete it. Hasn't happened yet. I only do that for boring books LOL.


There is not a lot that bothers me either, Linda. I can't think of anything that would ruin the book for me. Rape and abuse happen in real life every day. I think it would be hard to separate things that happen in real life from things that happen in fiction. I don't want every book feeling like a fairy tale.

I remember many people being upset when a dog was killed in one of the books I was reading. I figure the author is just showing us how depraved the killer is when they kill/torture something that can't fight back like a child or an animal.


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