22 March 2010

Truth or Fiction?

Apparently my ex feels I've been writing about him. Who else has had this problem?



 I'll address this issue right now, publicly. I write horror/fiction. My regular readers are quite familiar with this concept. Horror = bad things happen to characters.

A certain Carly Simon song comes to mind.

Discuss.

31 comments:

Kait Nolan said...

Oh my God! Seriously? I've been criticized for some of what I write, but I've never been accused of writing about somebody, and certainly not in a formal complaint! He apparently does not grasp the concept of free speech and that you can write anything you damn well please on the internet, whether it is about him or not.

Jodi MacArthur said...

Seriously? I mean.. seriously?

Horror uses drastic measures to make the author's point about what he or she thinks and feels about life.

This is never meant for a reader to take personally and how self absorbed for a person to think a writer's story is about them?

Perhaps I should file an assault against King because a girl with my description gets murdered in his book. Yeah, I think I'll do that.

elizabethditty said...

Fuck him. That's what I say. How childish can a person get?

Marisa Birns said...

I thought at first that it was a joke, that you were writing a crazy new story.

But this is no joke, eh?

I'm surprised the cops even bothered with this nonsense.

litrock said...

I've never had that problem, I must admit. I was pretty shocked to see that report. Who would do that? Talk about ridiculous. Hopefully that doesn't cause you an overage of pain-in-the-ass. Sounds like he's caused enough of that already.

Asshats!

Carrie said...

No joke here. This was filed last year after 'somebody' pointed out I was writing stuff about him. My bodycount might be high, but it's all fiction and I have the right to write it.

Ann Marie Gamble said...

I am changing the names of all the characters in the WIP who have the same names as my cousins. Unfortunately I have a lot of cousins.

Carrie said...

What's bizarre about this, is it is considered ASSAULT. What does that mean for other horror writers? Any lawyers in the house?

estrella05azul said...

Whoa... maybe I'd better watch out with that last Halloween story about carving Jack-O'-lanterns from someone's head... :P
I'm so sorry you had this problem, and I can't believe it IS considered assault. I mean... how in the world could that be?

MonkeyFlung said...

Assault basically means making a threat. Battery is fulfillment of threat.

Benjamin Solah said...

I got accused for writing about my dad once because my character's dad was a maniac.

But if I'm getting attacked for what I'm writing, it's usually because they think I'm raving mad communist (which I am)

christel42 said...

I vote you write another story where you actually maim him. Lovelies. What a complete asshat!

Pocket Muse said...

I've always heard that if you are going to use someone in your past as inspiration for a character, give them about 70 extra pounds and a giant, hook nose. Or a really embarrassing ailment or habit. They won't want to admit it's them!

On a serious note, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. I worry about it too, although my ex fortunately does not know my pen name!! It's my family causing the more immediate worry because I do have characters roughly based on them.

Good luck!

Ms. Heather said...

Isn't that where the clause "Any likeness to actual people and events is merely coincidental. All that is written herein is complete fiction and fabrication." is meant to protect?

I say you are lucky to not be with said fictional character anymore, because this is fictional, of course, as we wouldn't want any more fictional assault charges filed by said fictional character.

And that made about as much sense as filing the complaint to begin with...

*shakes head* I think some people think too highly of themselves... just sayin'.

:P You can write about me. I won't call it assault.

Heather said...

I'm totally gobsmacked by that!

I think the captcha that came up when I went to post your blog on Facebook says it all: http://imm.io/cCF

Cathy Olliffe said...

Are you in actual trouble because of this? That is SO ridiculous. That man has an ego, that's for bloody sure. I have a friend who's almost afraid to blog because of his ex... you guys should talk.
Sorry to hear this, Carrie. You are a remarkable writer. Keep up the good work. Don't let this sway you.

Carrie said...

Thanks for your support. Our freedoms to write must not be compromised.

Tony Noland said...

This blows, big time. What, are you supposed to make sure that you never write a story with a white male in it?

Or a non-white, non-male either, just in case you're trying one of them smart-ass writer-type things where you say one thing but really mean another? (Those things are so confusing anyway.)

Unbelievable.

antisocialbutterflie said...

I am completely aghast. What kind of crazy bitter cop actually filed that. If he is so paranoid that he can't distinguish fiction from reality then you are definitely better off without him. Hopefully the court will dismiss the whole thing and he will get arrested for filing a frivolous police report.

Dhympna said...

Whoa. Did you just find out about this? And Heather is right, this is why fiction books often come with a disclaimer saying that any similarities with real people are purely coincidental.

Linda said...

Holy toledos. That's awful.

I guess that's why he's the 'ex'. Don't let him intimidate you... just keep writing.

For the record, my husband believes I write about him ;^) Though my characters are all young, handsome, and drive maseratis. (not)

He is so vain. Peace, Linda

Kristy Baxter said...

Wow. Seriously. Just...WOW. I'm glad to see you're not going to let this affect your writing. Keep doing what you do, and ignore this as much as you can.

Is it really so hard to believe that we, as writers, have IMAGINATIONS? CREATIVITY? That everything is not, in fact, about you (not you, Carrie, but you, general people that do this crap)? The mind boggles, it really does.

Pamila Payne said...

Carrie, just do your thing. You have so much going for you. This nonsense says nothing bad about you and makes him look like a total fool. Shuff it off. I bought the Forever Nocturne magazine just to read your story. Other people will too. That's what you have to look forward to.

Anton Gully said...

I write about my ex's all the time. That cat in my last story? Totally tapped that.

But seriously, I have stories I don't show family, because anything with a wacky, angry or over-bearing family member in it, will piss off some or another member of my wacky, angry, over-bearing family.

And also seriously, I don't think the above post is the best response. When you argue with idiots, they drag you down to THEIR LEVEL and beat you with experience. The best way to deal with ex's is with calm and dignity. Eventually you'll even forget where you buried them.

Also, also seriously. Assault was an awesome game mode.

Diandra said...

(Oh, I should add that it's safe for work and absolutely harmless and definitely no porn. But a good laugh.)

Diandra said...

You might enjoy this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_penis_rule

Cascade Lily said...

Geez Carrie. What a moron. I think he's proved definitively why he's your ex. I'd love to see what a judge would make of him!

Jim_Wisneski said...

I don't even know what to say to that. . . part of me wants to laugh at how insane it is but then the other part of me is worried because it's really that insane.

How could someone be so. . . obsessed? Have no ability to let go? Be fucked up enough that it sounds like it IS something out of a fiction story.

Maybe you should file a police report back for stupidity. . .

But then again, if all us horror writers are going to jail for assault at least we will share a cell with Koontz and King, right? :)

This cat will probably be first in line at your book signings too so he could tell everyone the book is about him. . . yikes.

Good news is that your writing kicks enough ass that the police get involved. . . now that's sweet! ;)

Hang in there and keep writing.

Carrie said...

Anton: You have some scary exes.

Pamila: Your love for the craft is blowing me away. It's a good issue. I want to try the meatloaf. ^_^

Diandra: If it is the story I'm thinking about, the male DID have a small penis. Lol.

Lily and Jim: I guess some people go on. Some people look for some semblance of themselves in whatever the person that has gone on is doing.

Kristy: I will never stop writing.

Heather, Heather and Dhympna: You guys are awesome. Thanks for the support.

Tony: I'm sorry, I just had to show everyone.

Pocket Muse: I'm proud of my name, but yes I've adopted one as well now.

Jaimi said...

Consider the source...and keep up the good work. After what you've already been through, this is nothing. And I agree with @christel42.

Pia Veleno said...

He's upset because he knows he deserves that fork. You know my opinion of the man and his childish ways of getting even with you for his failures.

Write another story. Be successful. Be effin' happy no matter what he pulls.