Hey, folks. I'm writing a novel that deals specifically with themes of celebrity. Even though my important characters--the characters who I am really writing and who the book is about--will be original, it would be a smoother read if I didn't have to create an entirely original universe of Hollywood celebrities. What I think I would want to do is drop names that people already know when I am trying to establish settings and situations. For example, my characters may be at the Oscars and I might mention the name of a real celebrity to describe who they're sitting next to in the audience or who they walk behind on the red carpet; another example might be one of my characters losing a part to a well-known actor, or attending a party at a celebrity's house. What makes me uncomfortable is that, in certain parts, I would have to fictionalize things about certain celebrities. It would make sense for the story because my characters are in that world and would know and speak to the celebrities, but icky because these are clearly real people. So, what should I do? Only ever mention real people if they never speak and create a brand new celebrity for everyone who does something? Can anyone think of fiction that very successfully integrates mentions of real world celebrities?