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Old 07-06-2008, 13:29   #61
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Seems logical, if a few hundred years late. I'm a big fan of Richard Laymon novels, and anyone who's read a book by him (for example) will know it's a weird thought to imagine a 12 year old can legally read them.
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The ratings will be on children's books, not on *all* books.
Even if Richard Laymon books had 18+ ratings on them, a 12 year old would still be able to legally read them. The ratings are only to advise, they're NOT a legal measure, despite what the scare-mongers might claim.
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Old 07-06-2008, 13:35   #62
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The ratings will be on children's books, not on *all* books.
Even if Richard Laymon books had 18+ ratings on them, a 12 year old would still be able to legally read them. The ratings are only to advise, they're NOT a legal measure, despite what the scare-mongers might claim.
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Along with most authors I'm against this. Here's the quote I gave that's in this weeks Bookseller & the papers:

"Although age ranging is seen as guidance, cautious schools and local authorities will see it as a prescriptive label like a film certificate. Many bright children will be denied access to the kind of challenging books that they require to maintain an interest in reading."

Basically, all it will take is one whiny parent to complain at a PTA meeting and kids won't be able to get their hands on suitable books.

Having said this, though I'm firmly against, the reaction has been a little hysterical and the images on the news of age ranging labels are very decpetive. Here's what it will actually look like on my next book when it comes out in September. And it's the little 11+ box down by the bar code, not the big warning which has been on my books for ages:

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