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Character question [Sep. 9th, 2008|12:35 am]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls


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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.

[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2008-09-09 03:06 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: guter_bunie
2008-09-10 01:09 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: no_no_
2008-09-10 01:34 am (UTC)
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.
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From: (Anonymous)
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.
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[User Picture]From: guter_bunie
2008-09-12 03:23 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was me, Gutter Bunny. Don't know why it came out Anonymous ...
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