Random Things in Motion is where we share all of our random thoughts at the moment.
As you guys (probably) know, I’m only fifteen. I started blogging at 13, and I started reading full-length novels at 11.
I was exposed to mature themes at a young age (fourth grade, to be exact) because of a handful of older kids who ride the same bus home as I do. And because of that, I’ve never really been bothered when I read mature themes in books. Sex, drugs, alcohol–I’m okay with reading all of that, and I *think* that it hasn’t affected me badly as a person.
Which leads me to why I don’t bother reading content warnings. I know a lot of blogs (even here at The Social Potato) have content warnings in their reviews to avoid getting the books across to the wrong audience, and I totally respect that because I know a lot of readers are more cautious readers than I am. But I don’t read them.
I read my first adult read (Halfway to the Grave, which is one of my all-time favorite books) when I was twelve.
I know that even if I’m not an adult yet, as long as I can handle reading these books maturely, I’m game for anything. My parents are, too, actually. My mom knows I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey, and she’s okay with that because she knows nothing bad came out of it. My dad’s also an avid movie fan, and sometimes he lets me watch the more mature movies with him.
Content warnings have never stopped me from reading a book. (But they do stop me from reading some 18+ only blogs because Google knows I’m 15.)
So I’m very curious:
- If you’re a young teen, do you read books with mature themes?
- If you’re an adult, do you think it’s okay for young teens to read these kinds of books?
- If you’re a parent, do you let your kids read these, or do you take content warnings to heart?