Hey guys, I'm currently in the process of writing a story for National Novel Writing Month, and I've just had a great idea for a plot. Register to remove this ad I want to write about an average guy living in a supposedly perfect futuristic world, who accidentally stumbles upon a group of secret agents who maintain cover as Starbucks employees, while their secret headquarters is actually underground beneath the building. There are more exciting elements to the story, but I just wanted to give that brief summary so I could ask this question: Is it as taboo as it feels to use a real-life corporation, company, or brand in fiction? I mean, as long as I'm not dissing them or libeling them, I don't think Starbucks will have my head mounted above the fireplace. I could use a fictional equivalent, but I like the feel that you get using something familiar and realistic in an otherwise far-fetched story. I don't know. What do you think?