Hi there, Apologies if this should be in a different forum. I am thinking of writing and self-publishing (some kind of e-publishing, possibly through Amazon, haven't decided yet) a parody novella of a well-known novel. What I am wondering is, does anyone know how close you are allowed to go to the novel, and still be allowed to publish it? For example, imagine if it were a A Song of Fire and Ice parody (it isn't). Could I have characters called Bon Snaw, Nid Lark, Tarsei Sancaster, and so on? In terms of plot and the overall feel of the novella, I shall have the characters roughly following the events of their almost-namesakes, but in a ridiculous fashion, and many of the events will be similar but not exactly the same - or they'll end up at the same place, but through entirely different means. So for example, *SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ ANY A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE" you could have Nid Lark falling off a bridge due to ill-fitting footwear in Kings Landing instead of being killed, and his son Hob Lark goes to war with the Sandcasters because his father promised him some fine Kings Landing stew and once Nid is dead Tarsei outlaws stew. Or something similarly inane. In terms of the writing, the characters will all exhibit completely different personalities to the real characters, yet will follow similar story arcs. So, would this be allowed as a comedic parody? Would it depend? Or would it be a flat-out 'no'? Many thanks for any comments, they are all appreciated.