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What do folks in England eat for breakfast? How do you milk a giraffe? What types of cases go to the Supreme Court? Can you break a car window with a thermos? Use this Q & A forum to help supply your characters, plots, and settings with a dose of reality. Someone, somewhere, has the answer.
Posted: 2/3/2011 4:38 PM PST
Depends if your character turns out to have major negative personality traits!
Posted: 8/21/2010 11:30 AM PDT
Yes, I do see what you mean. Thanks, that makes sense. I planned on using this setting for a different story I have in the works, and I wanted my main character to be a college student who works at a CVS. I don't think CVS will care about that.
Posted: 8/17/2010 9:59 PM PDT
I'm not authoritative here, but I THINK you are Ok with statements of FACT.
So, your characters can walk past real buildings etc.
Difficulties arise when you make things up about real people or places: so a plague outbreak in a real hospital is a bad idea, for example.
Basically, anything negative and fictional you say about a real entity casn be construed as libel. ("How dare SLG impune the standards of security/hygiene/ professionalism at our hospital! A plague outbreak could NEVER happen here!")
Do you see what I mean?
Posted: 8/11/2010 7:37 PM PDT
I am starting to ponder a new story idea, and I would like it to take place in the city where I went to college. Is there any rule about mentioning company/buisness/hospital/etc names? I think that would make it much more authentic but I don't want to get into trouble.