Questions Regarding "Mature" Rating For Stories - Profanity And Violence


In the story I am currently writing, it features quite a bit of profanity from several characters, rather heavy violence, and other content that may be added which other readers may find disturbing, such as mild references to sex and normal body horror found in war (dismembered limbs, burning bodies, etc).

I have read over the mature rating Content Guidelines, however, I feel like they do not elaborate sufficiently for writing that doesn’t involve explicit sex or self-harm. If someone may explain to me what falls under the criteria, please do so and I appreciate the assistance.


You can have violence - even explicit violence, as long as it’s not SAW level violence. Or sexual violence. All that without a mature rating. It’s apparently hard to garner a mature rating through violence alone.

Profanity does not give you a mature rating. It’s not mentioned in the guidelines at any point.

You can also have sex scenes without a mature warning - as long as they’re part of the plot. If you have a lot of sex scenes that are still part of the plot, it’s mature.

If you have a book that is all sex, no plot - it’s not allowed and will be removed.

Just gonna tag @Angelic_Vamp to confirm I’m not spewing a bunch of bull here :sweat_smile:


Ah - Thank you very much.


Not really too good with violence but yes, if sex flows the story or mention then everyone. One explicit sex is everyone too.

If it’s plot + more chapter of sex then mature.

Violence is if mention then everyone is ok (e;g I saw dead bodies and blood on the field which made me cried over their loss).And like AWFrasier said, as long the plot flows you’re good but if you had plot + more sex/violence/other mature stuff then it goes to mature.

Anything that glorifies though is banned and showing real or cartoon guts that look real or showing real violent pic :beheading for example) is banned.


What do you mean, plot+sex/violence is mature? Do you mean gratuitous sex/violence is mature?


As in there’s plot but more sex/violence/some other topic chapters (not one) then it’s mature.

Let’s say erotica is mature but why? It might be the detail of sex but mainly it’s how many sex you added. So if author has 5 sex chapters but there’s plot (not porn or glorifying something) then mature.

If a story was like a romance movie but has only one sex chapter (whether explicit or not) it’s everyone because the main focus of plot is not sex but the story you’re writing. One example is The fault in our stars (I didn’t read the book but watched the movie). There’s a one sex scene in there (don’t know book though) but the whole plot is about cancer patient in love, doing teenage stuff, and traveling to meet the author, hence why it’s everyone if it were a WP story (but realistically it’s copyrighted :P)


Oh, I get it.
Fun fact: the fault in our stars has a jab towards twilight in the book sex scene-“No headboards were broken.”


Ooh, didn’t know that. I had to skip the scene since, even though I’m old enough, my mom was there :joy:


Lol exactly the reason I’m afraid of watching GoT