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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 04:18 PM        Writing characters
I was wondering, how different does a composite character have to be from it's original source inspirations to be considered legally a fictional character?
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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 04:25 PM       
Depends on how good your lawyer is.
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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 04:26 PM       
That's an interting question. ZQ might even have the answer for that.
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Old Jul 29th, 2009, 08:22 PM       
I guess it would depend on the character, who/what it was based off of, and what traits it shared.

For example, if you're basing your character off of Hitler and have him (the character) engage in a massive genocide, there's a much more obvious connection. If the only shared traits between your character and Hitler is that they both liked spaghetti or something, the two characters are a lot more disconnected.


I'd also think that if you based your character off of a real person, the less well-known they are the more likely the public would assume that the character is fictional. For example, in a story I wrote, I based three characters off of a girl and her two sisters who I was friends with and based the setting off of the township's library. Most people who read the manuscript recognized that the library connection (because they were familiar with it) but didn't get the little jokes and connections to the sisters (because they didn't know the girls). If you use Angelina Jolie as a model for your character and have them share the same habits, looks, etc, people will catch on faster than if you base the character after your great-aunt Mildred.

Of course, people will find connections with anything you invent to pre-existing ideas. The whole "No original concepts" thing and all.

Out of curiousity, why do you ask?
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 03:25 AM       
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 12:30 PM       
Oh excellent! Are you using one of those programs for formating?

And if you don't mind telling me, what's it about?
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 04:19 PM       
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 04:24 PM       
I need a formating program. right now it's only dialogue though.

It's mostly about people that hang out at a bar. Think of Cheers gone wrong.
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 04:56 PM       
you're writing a movie? why? write a book.
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 06:26 PM       
SOUNDS LIKE SHIT

WHY DON'T YOU THINK OF A GOOD STORY
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 06:30 PM       
I recommend Page 2 Stage. That's what I use. It's free, it's pretty easy to use, and it has most features you'd need (formats for dialogue, action descriptions, scene changes, etc).
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Old Jul 30th, 2009, 09:01 PM       
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Old Aug 2nd, 2009, 07:37 PM       
Why do so many idiots from these forums think they can write movies and/or books? Most of you can barely write a coherent post, and you plan on writing a movie?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2009, 07:43 PM       
Didn't somebody want to make a movie about I-mockery many years ago?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2009, 08:17 PM       
I've got a movie idea fer ya, aliens come to earth for some reason and find that with all their technology, they find the concept of art and music to be foriegn to them and they like it. Earth teaches aliens how to rock and in return they don't kill us.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2009, 08:19 PM       
They already did that in Robotech.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2009, 08:58 PM       
All I know is that I've seen enough stupid shit that someone must feel my pain. And the only way they can feel that pain is when they realize they wasted $7 and an hour and a half of their life on a movie about nothing.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2009, 12:30 AM       
Considering most of the tripe coming out of the movie industry, I have no doubt that VaporTrailx1 could do better.

And considering some of the other books that have become best sellers, well...
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