“If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that’s obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that’s honey.”- A. N. Wilson
I know a guy. He taught on a campus back then. The wretched guy knew a girl who learned a bit of his love life. She came into his life without warning, and slowly but surely knowing everything about him.
Every single thing. Even when he broke up with his girl friend. Even when he felt like he wanted to leave the post of the job. Even when things happened to he and his entire limited social circle. She observed it all. Her competence of seeing behind the faces and gestures and every superficial detail is considerably amazing.
So she wrote short stories based on the observation. In the readers’ eyes, quite easily the supposedly fictitious story gave the first impression that the whole settings,plot and characters were taken from real life intricacies. Readers were able to infer that effortlessly and they were sort of familiar with that but stunned at the same time because it unraveled what was kept behind ‘some wall’.
The guy begged to differ. He found the fiction quite harrassing, letting private emotions and events exposed to the rest of the microcosm : the inhabitants of the small universe on the campus.
But it was a fictitious piece of lit work so how could it do him any harm? Was or was not he entitled to the rage of having his private life exposed to the world without his knowledge by the amateurish short story author? Must an author always ask for permission before writing a story based on someone’s private life or events? What do you think? Drop me a line or two in the comment box.
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