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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day December 10, 2012 - 1:12pm

First and foremost, I read this book and loved it.  So much so, went back and read Beat the Reaper and loved that one as well!  Can't believe Reaper has been out for so long and it missed my radar - but thanks to Lit Reactor, I eventually got there.  Also read the Bazell interview on the site and enjoyed it - glad there will be a third book!

My question to those that read Wild Thing is something I've broached in this forum before and the answer is typically as clear as mud.  But it happened in this book, so maybe that will help to get a clearer answer.

The book introduces a very real, high profile person as a crucial character in the story.  To avoid spoilers, I won't mention the person by name, but if you've read the book you know who I am talking about.  This person is not written in a particularly flattering way.  So my question is how does the author not get sued by this person?  How does the publishing house not get sued?  Aren't they afraid of the risk?  Does simply stating that the book is a work of fiction absolve the author from using a real person in a fake situation?  Or does the author and publisher simply hope the real person simply wouldn't care enough to seek legal recourse?

Any insight would be helpful - thanks, Deets999.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated December 12, 2012 - 5:52am

Satire is protected speech, might fall under that.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like December 11, 2012 - 4:29pm

Could be satire, could be he actually did get permission, could be no one cares about fiction.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. December 12, 2012 - 8:41am

I think it falls under satire.  It's pretty obvious that the character isn't real, that the book is comedy and fiction. And he has lawyers at the publishing house to make sure.

Lawyers.

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day December 13, 2012 - 7:42am

Thanks all!  I very much doubt they got permission from this person, but the idea that it's satire and people don't necessarily care what's written in fiction when it's clearly fiction sounds about right.  But since we live in such a litigious world, I'm sure the lawyers were on standby!!