For instance, you may thank someone by name in your acknowledgements without their permission. You might consider transforming him beyond recognition. Claims are difficult to prove. This is an evolutionarily adaptive trait; it helps in analyzing the environment for threats.
Most boy band-related RPF was slash fiction. Due to the potentially libelous nature of some stories, and the knowledge or fear that some celebrities dislike slash fiction involving themselves, some fan fiction communities denounce RPS fiction and do not allow it on their websites.
Keep Your Conscience Clean. One person other than the target must read or hear the statement.
Description[ edit ] In general, the authors seem to adopt the public personas of the celebrities in question as their own characters, building a fictional universe based on the supposed real-life histories of their idols.
A significant minority of such stories take the form of " Mary Sue fanfiction",  which feature a "Mary Sue" character, usually but not always female, who is described in extremely idealistic terms and is described as a wish-fulfillment image of the author.
Like many fan fiction writers whose subject matter is commercially prepared entertainment, particularly before the advent of the Internet, a number of RPF authors report that they began writing on their own, without any awareness of a larger fan fiction community, and were surprised to learn that they were not alone.
Basing a character on the dearly or undearly departed is unlikely to give rise to a problem. Controversy[ edit ] Morality and legality[ edit ] The morality of real person fiction is debated.
As slash became more acceptable, the amount of explicit sexual content in the stories also began to rise. These stories were not published until well over a hundred years later, but the children used them to polish their writing skills and eventually all became professional authors.
First, by way of reassurance, you should keep in mind that libel in fiction is rare. Other music-related RPF websites include rockfic. As they say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Literature Literary fiction is a term used in the book-trade to distinguish fiction that is regarded as having literary meritfrom most commercial or "genre" fiction. Dozens of experts on a wide range of topics have generously helped me in similar ways.
When real life becomes too unbelievable for good fiction, writing nonfiction is often a better choice. If you conflate fact with fiction, give some thought to the words you stuff into your character's mouth.
If the work is not "of or concerning" an identifiable person, you have a complete defense to a libel lawsuit based on fictionalization. Typically, the target must be a living person, but companies and organizations have sued for defamation.
Eand others. Verify and expand your memory by conducting research and interviewing others. A number of authors of modern "bandfic" — stories based on musical celebrities — began writing in the early s, when MTV brought musicians into close focus for millions of adolescents.
The courts have struggled with the question of when statements in a fictional work should be deemed "of and concerning" a real person with similar attributes.
This said, the major trick of writing good historical fiction is not in compiling research or knowing the details, but in knowing the details to leave out. In my experience as both writer and writing instructor, the answer is, to some extent, yes. The key is first to understand what your characters require from you in order to come to life, and then to determine how you can draw on your best available resources to give them what they need.
A character-based story, where coincidental happenings and fatalistic plot progression is secondary to character strengths and weaknesses, is one way, if not the best way, to achieve this. For most writers, the meaning of a character-based story is vague. For example, consider a plot line where a character -- based on a real though dead person -- is depicted as a murderer, and his fictional brother is depicted as failing to disclose the crime to the authorities; a real-life brother of the real-life, identifiable model for the killer character might be heard to complain.).
Real person fiction or real people fiction (RPF) is a genre of writing similar to fan fiction, but featuring celebrities or other real people. In the past, terms such as actorfic were used to distinguish such stories from those based on fictional characters from movies or television series.
In my experience as both writer and writing instructor, the answer is, to some extent, yes. The key is first to understand what your characters require from you in order to come to life, and then to determine how you can draw on your best available resources to give them what they need.
Happily for novelists (and The Weekly World News), when the model upon which a fictional character is based sues, generally, their claim doesn't get not survive summary judgment.
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