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Name dropping

Published by ramedrake in the blog ramedrake's blog. Views: 69

I have a big ongoing argument with my friend about this so would be interested in hearing what others have to say on the matter.

I believe that adding the name of an existing person, historical, literary or otherwise can add weight to a piece of writing even if its fictional. This could be mentioning a band a character enjoys listening to, similarities to another person`s life or even basing the whole tale around them. I believe this is not limiting, because while it does seem to narrow the scope of what you`re doing a whole world can still be explored. My friend doesn`t see this and only notices the limitations. She thinks ficition should be independantly created without the restrictions using real people involves.

I`d be really interested in what other people think.
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