The most popular rating?

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  • Everyone

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  • Teen

    3 33.33%
  • Mature

    2 22.22%
  • I don't care about ratings

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    Default The most popular rating?

    I've decided to be my own meddling executive and poll the focus group.

    Basically, when choosing a fanfic to read, do you look for a specific rating (Everyone, Teen, Mature)? Why or why not?

    Essentially, the idea here is to determine which of the ratings is most popular among readers. Whether this will affect my future works has yet to be seen.

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    Default Re: The most popular rating?

    I prefer Teen since you can be edgier than in an all-ages work, and I'm not good with mature works.

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    I'll give things rated mature a chance before the other two. If it's my kind of story, I'll go for it, but I find that teen rated works are generally the way to go.

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    To be honest, I completely ignore ratings. Sometimes Mature catches my eye, but that doesn't really mean I'm more likely to read it.

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    Default Re: The most popular rating?

    I generally don't write specifically to an audience, as I feel it limits the story. When I think about what my story might entail, I decide on a ranking then. If I feel a part of the story might fall under a higher rating (eg; "Mature" chapter in the middle of a nominally "Teen" story), I update the thread rating and make sure my readers are warned.

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    Default Re: The most popular rating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lugion View Post
    I generally don't write specifically to an audience, as I feel it limits the story. When I think about what my story might entail, I decide on a ranking then. If I feel a part of the story might fall under a higher rating (eg; "Mature" chapter in the middle of a nominally "Teen" story), I update the thread rating and make sure my readers are warned.
    I generally write stories first and rate them later, myself, but I'm adding a step here. I'll write the raw story, and then edit it down to fit the rating with the greatest readership. In theory, this would ensure the largest possible audience for the story. For hardcore fans of my work, should I ever accumulate any, I would keep the unedited version archived for future release as a sort of "unrated director's cut"*.

    *Just to be clear, the "unrated" thing is just an analogy.

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    Default Re: The most popular rating?

    I like reading mature and teen fics because, like Jabber said, they are edgier and more interesting to me. But I've also read a lot of good stories on here that are rated for everyone, so yeah.

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    Default Re: The most popular rating?

    Like Lugion and Glitch, I tend to write without regard for ratings, then look back at what I wrote and rate it. Trying to impose a limitation on style by aiming for a target rating will impose a limitation on what you can do no matter how you choose it, which may end up hindering you from doing things that are good for the story.
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    Default Re: The most popular rating?

    Truth be told, I don't have a firm grasp of what counts as what rating wise so I rarely rate my own works and just warn that I have no idea what to rate it XP

    Most of my stuff would be Everyone/Teen though, so guess I just gotta deal with that

    When reading I'll read it if I like it, I'm currently following something for each rating, and just like the concepts of the individual stories

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    Default Re: The most popular rating?

    As long as the story's good, I don't give a shit what the rating is. Personally, I favor PG-13/R fanfics because those tend to be darker and more high octane stories.
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