||[Sep. 9th, 2008|12:35 am]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls
If you've ever used friends as characters (fictionalized versions of themselves), do you tell them? If you were going to submit your book to agents for publication, would you give your friends a heads-up that they were characters in your book or would you just hold out and see if they recognize themselves? Just curious what you think. Thanks guys.
I wouldn't, but people do. A good example of the principle in action is the anthology Fucking Daphne, in which all the stories are about having sex with Daphne Gottlieb, the editor.
It depends if you have understanding friends. They can sue you. I knew a professor whose book was actually taken off the shelves because of a lawsuit.
Wondering if you know...can they sue even if it's not slander? And, wouldn't they have to somehow prove it was them you were writing about?
I would certainly tell my friends beforehand, but if I can't find an old friend, it would put me in this situation.
2008-09-10 01:20 pm (UTC)
They can sue, even if it isn't slander. You could base a character on them and openly deny it is them, if they get angry over it. They would have to prove that the character is really them, though.
The professor I mentioned had someone's real name in his story, and it wasn't slander or anything, he just remembered her and put her name in a story. But the person got upset and sued.
Sorry, that was me, Gutter Bunny. Don't know why it came out Anonymous ...