A question to those of you reading this blog, either on site or via the RSS feed.
When should the “Explicit” iTunes tag be used on a book? Obviously, Scott Sigler’s Earthcore is explicit. No question about it. And Mark Jeffrey’s The Pocket and the Pendant is not. These books fall well out side of the line separating explicit and “clean” content.
iTunes hasn’t given us any hard and fast rules for what should be flagged with the marker, so we are forced to use our best judgment. I was using the “if you drop an F-bomb, it’s explicit” standard, but now I’m rethinking the issue.
One of the books on our site, very popular and very well written, has had two instances of the F-bomb. One was very brief, as the main character was warning a bully not to “f*** with him again” in a threatening tone. But people say that occasionally, and it seemed warranted in the context of the book and not gratuitous. A few chapters later, another lesser character in the book has an encounter with the same bully, this time having a very heated exchange where multiple F-bombs and more were thrown the big guy’s way.
As before, I didn’t feel the author was being gratuitous with the language. The book is not marked “for kids” or “family friendly”. Foul language is *not* used as many use throw pillows.
What say you all? Should I flag it or not?