What if your novel includes real events, places and historical figures? If they are willing to have you share the essence of what happened to them, go forward and write.
All persons within are actual individuals; there are no composite characters. Be ready to lay those facts aside with a settled satisfaction that you know what truly happened.
Anyone resembling them is better off dead.
Each of my contemporary novels sprang off the pages of my own life. Use it as an opportunity to explain your purpose and point of view, and most of all, to highlight your literary voice.
It helps your little, old auntie prepare herself for that punch. I would like to thank the real-life members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. In addition, she is the author of three acclaimed novels: Put book titles in quotes?
In at least one lawsuit, disclaimers became part of the solution. They tell us who we are. However, if you think the final work will be far from the truth, get to writing first. In fact, just the opposite is true. No names have been changed, no characters invented, no events fabricated. Although I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer.
And then I ramped up the tension in my version of the story and made that person a grad student teacher she was crushing on. Later uses[ edit ] The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
My novel would have felt contrived and unbelievable had I included this. Variations sometimes employ irony or satire.
As part of settling the case, the book was relabeled as a novel and disclaimers were added, including: Origins[ edit ] The disclaimer came as a result of litigation against the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Rasputin and the Empresswhich insinuated that the character Princess Natasha had been raped by Russian mystic Rasputin.
If you know this is the case, run and get permission. Make your disclaimer part of the experience of the book. Reading this book does not create an attorney-client relationship between us.
Thomas dealt with using Freud as a character in The White Hotel: Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. But I can tell you this; as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard.
On occasion, I will share my text with those involved after the work sells, following copy-editing.This play is a fictional dramatization based on a true story and real events and was drawn from a variety of sources, including published materials and interviews.
I keep thinking that the writing of a disclaimer seems to be difficult for someone who has never written one before! legal side of publishing, especially if you are a self. So the disclaimer at the end might say something like, "This story is based on actual events. In certain cases incidents, characters and timelines have been changed for dramatic purposes.
Certain characters may be composites, or entirely fictitious.". See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for further suggestions. The film Return of the Living Dead features a disclaimer that reads "The events portrayed in this film are all true. The names are real names of real people and real organizations." Richard Linklater's feature film Slacker ends with "This story was based on.
I have written a story which thinly disguises the events and characters involved in a true life murder in my community. I have slightly changed the names, but any local reader will know who and what I’m referencing. Dec 28, · The five scariest words in cinema: "Based on a true story." That familiar disclaimer is so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible.
But consider those five words more closely: At once grandiose and weaselly, full of both historical gravitas and mushy ambiguity, proclaiming both fact (it's a true. This play is a fictional dramatization based on a true story and real events and was drawn from a variety of sources, including published materials and interviews.
8 responses to “Book Disclaimers Don’t Have to be Boring!” I’m already looking forward to reading “Coyote Winds” based in part on the disclaimer you wrote for it.Download