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18 February 2008 @ 04:49 pm
Ratings and a happy twins ficlet  
I was wondering the other day about fic ratings. I tend to label everything I write as PG as a kind of failsafe. In Britain there's U for 'universal' - any age, PG stands for 'parental guidance', then there's 12 - 'don't read/watch if you're under 12', which is Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean, 15 - 'don't read/watch if you're under 15', which is most CSI episodes, and 18 - 'don't read/watch...you get the point', which is Man on Fire and Lady Chatterly's Lover.  I think I've managed to work out the ratings on ff.net as T being a PG13, which is what PG generally seems to mean in the Harry Potter fandom, but outside ff.net I'm never sure where R and NC17 fall - which one is a higher rating and is NC17 the equivalent of the British 18?

In other news, I signed up for weasley_fest because it looked like fun and the deadline is a lovely long way away. *grins*  I pimp: you should come and sign up to exchange all manner of fics and art with Weasleys in them!

I feel the urge to read Firefly fanfiction (which is completely sugar_fey's fault).

And I bring you more happy Fred and George fic for storytime, rated PG ;o)

The Lot of Them

Warrington, Charles” was Sorted into Slytherin and then Professor McGonagall’s lips quirked upwards into a small smile as she called for “Weasley, Fred.”


Most of her colleagues, seated at the Staff table behind her, added their own smiles to the occasion.

“More Weasleys,” Pomona Sprout said happily, careful to keep her voice low so as not to interrupt the ceremony.


“How wonderful.”  Professor Snape, sat next to her, looked decidedly less than happy.  “Yet another red-headed wretch cluttering up my classroom.”


“Now Severus,” she said, slipping into a lecturing voice, “William Weasley was an excellent Head Boy last year, one of the best we’ve had, Charles is a lovely lad and you shouldn’t discriminate against him just because his skills on a broom make an embarrassment of your House team, and how anyone can object to studious little Percy is beyond me.  I’m sure the youngest brother will be just as hardworking and easy to teach.”


“Terrible at Potions and Gryffindors the lot of them,” Snape said dismissively.


“I do believe,” Dumbledore said serenely on Pomona’s other side, “that this is not the youngest Weasley.”


“Oh?”  She turned to him with curious eyes.


“I’m certain the youngest is a girl, and that there is another boy between our new arrival and her.”


“Breed like gnomes,” Snape muttered.


The Sorting Hat, meanwhile, seemed to agree with Professor Pomona Sprout.


Definitely hardworking, just like the rest of your family, it told the small boy whose head it had engulfed, but not as inclined to be hardworking at the same things, I think.


“Hey, I like Quidditch!” the boy protested.


Not as clever as some of the others either, the Hat continued, although more cunning.


The boy pulled a face and someone watching giggled.  “Don’t even think about putting me in the Snake House.”


The Hat sighed then pronounced yet another Weasley as a “GYRFFINDOR!”


“How utterly unsurprising,” said Snape.  He brought his palms together three times, the closest he would come to clapping for any student not Sorted into Slytherin, and looked out across the Hall to see if there were any many students left before they were allowed to eat.


“How sweet!  Identical twins,” said Pomona and beamed. 


Snape suppressed a groan as Minerva called for “Weasley, George”. 


Another? the Hat said with some surprise.  Hmm, where to put you…


“In Gryffindor, of course,” the boy scoffed, as though there could be no other answer.


Hardworking, but only for things you deem to be of interest, clever, but not for books, cunning…ambitious too.


“I am not going in the Snake House,” the boy told him firmly.


Wouldn’t you want to be somewhere different to the rest of your family? the Hat asked, half curious and half tempting.  You could be unique for once; just George.


“Where’s the fun in that?” the boy demanded, and then added smugly, “besides, I’m Fred.  Shows how smart you are.”


Sometimes, the Hat said musingly, I am reminded why Slytherins always insist that courage is merely impudence when it comes to “GRYFFINDOR!”


“Sometimes, Severus, I just think you’re jealous of Minerva having those lovely boys all in her House,” Pomona said teasingly as they watched Minerva remove the stool and the Sorting Hat whilst the students at the Gryffindor table welcomed the newest arrivals.


Snape’s nostrils flared.  “I hope they drive her mad.”

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Me: FG | Fingershpuckle on February 18th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Very sweet, I love the twins. I had to think for a minute who William Weasley was *headdesk* lol

I always get confused with ratings... I generally think of R as somewhere between a 15 and an 18 and NC-17 as 18. NC-17 is used for fics with very graphic sex and/or violence. R is used for those that are not as graphic :)

inkvoicesinkvoices on February 21st, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
*grins* Somehow I didn't think Professor Sprout, Head of House, would refer to one of the best Head Boys in recent Hogwart's history by anything less than his full name - and I had to think for a minute what Bill was short for!

Yeah, that makes sense. Somehow I always seem to think that NC-17 means not-quite 17 and R is rate as in x-rated...which would be wrong lol.
velvetmouse: ravenclaws.librariansvelvetmouse on February 18th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
In the US, for movies, R rated films are ones where anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a a parent to see it. They've got violence, fairly graphic (think Kill Bill or 300), swearing and some nudity/sex scenes - but nothing explicit.

NC-17 is even more graphic on all counts than R - particularly when it comes to sex scenes, R movies will show the backs of people in the heat of passion, but nothing else. NC-17 will show everything.

I believe R is the highest rating allowed to be shown in public movie theatres. Anything that is NC-17 ends up in "directors cuts" or specialty "adult" shops/theatres.

inkvoicesinkvoices on February 21st, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
See, that makes it sound like an R is about the equivalent of something between a 15 and NC-17 as higher than our 18. A 15 might have skin showing, but nothing you wouldn't see on a (no topless, no nude) beach, but then not all 18's are bloodbaths or pornagraphic sex. Ratings are odd.

I watched a film called Black Book over Christmas that's a french film and rated 15 that has definitly more skin than would be in a UK 15. I kind of went 'woah! What age is this again?' To which my parents said, 'you're over 18 anyway, now shhh and watch.' Go figure. *grins*
sugar_fey: pic#lunasugar_fey on February 18th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, Snape was wonderfully disdainful in this. And oddly clairvoyant- the twins will drive her mad! Professor Sprout will eat her words about the twins being sweet...

In Australia, ratings go like this: G (General) for things that are watchable to everyone, PG (Parental Guidance) for films that recommend, well, parental guidance, M (Mature) which are films suitable for mature audiences or people over 12, MA-15 for films/tv shows that are not suitable for anyone under 15, and in cinemas you'll need ID to prove you're over 15. Under 15s have to be accompanied by an adult. After that is R, which over 18 only and you have to show ID too. That's films like Kill Bill.

I take full responsiblity for making you read 'Firefly' fics. What can I say? I'm very persuasive.
inkvoicesinkvoices on February 19th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
They'll drive her mad and Snape will look smug and her lips will twitch because she loves them really :o)

Huh, here if you're under the age required to view a film you just don't get in, even accompanied by an adult, unless that adult lies about your age...or you lie and get away wtih it. It's interesting, all the different ratings, and makes me think maybe I should pay more attention to the idea of warnings in fandom, since they'll probably give a more universally understood type of rating.

(I was asked for ID when buying a 15 DVD when I was 19 *sigh*)

*grins* Yep, you are. And your Firefly fic is good and makes me want to read more. :o)
sugar_feysugar_fey on February 20th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Firefly compliments! *blush*

Heh, I was kicked out of an MA-15 movie when I was 17. Humiliating in so many ways.