Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.11. Thanks for stopping by. Grab that popcorn and let’s watch a movie.
Movies in the United States are given a rating based on their content by The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The ratings are G (general audiences), PG (parental guidance suggested), PG-13 (parents strongly cautioned), R (restricted), and NC-17 (adults only). In the early 1980s complaints were made about the amount of violence and gore in PG-rated movies such as Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The solution was the introduction of the PG-13 rating.
Can you guess whose great idea the PG-13 rating was? That’s right, the man who directed or produced the aforementioned movies, Steven Spielberg, who celebrates his 68th birthday today. Considered one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema, he has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice (Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan), and directed other classic movies such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones series. Join me in a rendition of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow for Steven with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with RATING and ending with SYSTEM and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.