14. Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?
Hm. Well, sex-wise, I could write a sex scene. I'd be a bit hesitant about posting it, only because sex scenes are one of those things that if they're not good, they're bad. I'd be apprehensive about posting something that was just bad. On the other hand, would I write a sex scene? Probably not, because I don't care to write about romantic or sexual relationships. I suppose I could do a shag-or-die story or something like that. But as I've said before, this isn't what I'm writing Doctor Who fanfic for. Maybe if/when I write for another fandom in which I want to explore those types of themes. For example, I could picture writing a sex scene for a Broadchurch fanfic.
Violence is another story. When it's called for, I will write violence, but the question is how, how graphic? I don't like graphic violence for violence's sake. The story would have to require that level of violence for me to write it. I think it's important to include the right amount of violence for the situation, enough to indicate just how serious the situation is, but not so much that it distracts from the story, or elicits emotional response only for the violence itself.
As a side note, I think that Doctor Who shies away from violence too much. The show is inherently violent, since every week, someone is trying to annihilate someone else, and yet most of it is implied. How many times do Daleks opt to scream "Exterminate!" rather than just shoot the poor guy? When there is violence, it's glossed over: the Doctor's severed arm leaves no blood on his sleeve (which covers the wound); Cass's body, after dying in a fiery crash that outright kills the Doctor (no regeneration) is completely whole and again, not bloody (heck, the same goes for the Doctor himself); the Daleks destroy Arcadia without a single Gallifreyan actually getting hit once. Yes, I know it's in the Saturday 6:30 pm slot and that families watch it together, but in my opinion, there needs to be some indication that there are consequences from the events that take place.
So far, I haven't written any NC-17 sex or violence, so I have no idea how that will go.