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Post Re: Write Like A Writer: Fan Fiction Guidelines
generally speaking, a spinoff is usually only used to refer to when the work in question is official in some capacity. Fan fiction is written by fans, spin offs are developed by people involved with the original work or at least endorsed by the original creator. Torchwood was a spin-off of Doctor Who. fan fiction about the Doctor is not a spin off.

So Rick's Housepets: An Infinitesimally Brief History of the World is a spin off. anything in the fan projects section is not, unless it was written as a spin off of another fan project.

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Are y'all sure that "PG" is what you mean?

We moved away from a movie-style rating and the current version of forum rules is more based on the concept of "family friendliness," if you will. Actually, even if it is in direct contravention of your will, this is still the case. *chuckles* Basically, keep in mind we do have children (some of whom are fewer than 10 years old) on the forums. We're happy to answer any questions you have regarding the appropriateness of material you'd like to post, but frown on blindly pushing limits.

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Um, so may I ask some questions?

1. What would you consider "inappropriate content"? (for PG)

2. And would it still be acceptable if the said inappropriate content is talked about in the fan fic but not really shown?

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Depends on what topic you're looking at.

Death and violence are real parts of life and may appear in your fic, but you don't really need to go into all the gory details just to tell us what happened.
Relationships can be very sweet, but they don't need to get creepy.
Basically, we want you to enjoy writing a story, and we also want others to enjoy reading it.
By the time you're going over rating, you should probably be aware that you're treading the line.

If you have any specific questions, you can always PM a mod to get confirmation.

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I search a little of information about PG-13, and I found that some books that I read are rated this way like:

The Hunger Games = A lot of people die and one gets tortured by mutants dogs before get killed just by mercy.
Looking For Alaska = Use of alcohol, a little scene with ***** and another whit a *****, use of the private body parts and some swear words.
Divergent = Use of weapons and guns, fights until KO, the fears scenes where one this is going to die drowned or incinerated.

Can I use this examples as the line that stops PG-13 to become R/M rated?
I mean that if I can use this as an example of how far I can go at writing and still be PG-13 rated.


Mod Edit: Don't just partially star out things. PMing a mod is a good solution when you think what you are talking about is over he forum limit

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See, this is why we moved away from just using "PG" and "PG13" as our descriptor. Your second example is right out. It has themes beyond what we are going to cover here.
Allow me to quote the forum rules here:
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  • Housepets! is a family-friendly comic. Please do not post material that would be inappropriate for children. As an example, pregnancy is fine, but pornography is not. Likewise, graphic violence, politics, religion, drug use, illegal activity, profanity, and other potentially controversial topics are not allowed.
These rules still apply here. We don't want you to feel limited to exactly what the comic does, but we also want you to remember the "family friendly" spirit of the comic. So your first and third examples sound like they would be okay just from what you have mentioned, but depending on how graphic the violence that they describe is, it might push the limits too far. It's a balance of degrees. I think you can usually feel from the comic where about the "grey area" is, and that's a good indicator of when you're toeing the line. But if you are ever uncertain about anything in particular that you are writing, you can always PM a mod for their opinion.

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