Saturday, March 27, 2010
To our regular readers, it's come to my attention that there's some confusion over LVLM's sex ratings. There is a ratings explanation bar on the right lower side panel, but from comments made to me personally and some I've seen, I gather it's confusing.
Current rating explanation:
Orgasmic- Smokin hot- graphic erotic language/situations
Wet panties- Graphic sexual language
Damp panties- Mild-- sensual language/sexual situations
Dry panties- No or barely there sexual situations
Orgasmic does NOT mean that I personally have been having orgasms while reading the book. Nor does Wet Panties mean that my panties got all wet while reading.
When Kirsten and I set up the blog, we wanted something different than the usual 1-5 heat level. And because I review a lot of erotica and erotic romance we do need some sort of rating to let readers know the type, amount, and how graphic sexual content is. I know some of our readers don't like to read graphic sex.
Personally, there's been quite a few books that I've reviewed in the area of erotica and erotic romance that have not turned me on at all, but I rated Orgasmic because of the amount of sex and how graphic it was written. Nor does the fact that I've rated something Dry Panties mean that I've not gotten turned on. It just means there's not much or no actual graphically written sexual content.
What turns people on sexually is their own business. But when I read reviews of erotic romance or erotica, I wish to know what type of sexual content is in the book and how often, etc. So I do need to have a rating system. But I can see how Orgasmic or Wet Panties comes across as a particular reviewer's personal experience of a book.
I'd like for there to be no confusion on that. And I'd like a rating system that accurately reflects actual content and not how the sex in the book personally affected the reviewer.
The trouble is, with erotic romance and erotica, there are all kinds of language. When I say graphic, I usually mean hard core terms for genitalia, sexual acts, ect. Then there's sensual language which uses lighter, more common euphemistic terms to describe sex. Sexual scenes are included but it's not hard core. It's really hard to define that when giving a rating, which is why I include actual sexual content like dildo use, or anal, or spanking, etc.
So I ask you guys, our regular readers, what kind of rating system would work well for you? I'm willing to change our system to one that is more effective to the reader and maybe less offensive or confusing.
Would you guys like something simple like a 1-5 heat rating? Or something more like a movie system G- X rated? Or something else?