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I want to post a romance RPF and need to know the restrictions!

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AnioneGraton Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I've posted several regular deviation pictures, but I'd like to upload my romance story. I have a few questions for those of you who are experienced in posting/reading stories on dA.

First of all, I'm writing an RPF (real person fiction, meaning instead of fan fiction where I'm manipulating the lives of fictional characters, I'm actually making up a story that involves a real person) and want to know what the restrictions are. Do I even have a right to post it? I've hashed it out with ppl on other websites about restrictions and rights, and I would really appreciate if you could just give me the facts instead of trying to lecture me on the pros/cons of writing about real people. I know what I'm doing, I'm a grown-up.

Secondly, I am writing a romance, which means that at some point there will be a love scene. Nothing is overly explicit or graphic about my love scenes, everyone is of age and consenting, and I don't go into much detail. Basically, I use buzz words (like 'maleness' in lieu of 'penis' for example) and I focus more on sensation and emotion than the physical act itself. Is that considered pornographic? Because if it is, I won't post it at all, since I can't write a love story without a love scene.

Any other tips or pointers are appreciated. Please be helpful and friendly, as I strive to be helpful and friendly as well! I don't want to get into another discussion about being 'sued' for what I write. Thanks so much for your help!!
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AnioneGraton Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I appreciate the help, I looked up the FAQ on pornographic literature, and that's why I was asking. I don't consider my writing 'pornographic' by any means, and that is why I asked the question.

As for those of you that chose to lecture me about RPFs when I explicitly said I didn't need the lecture, I am fully aware of the repercussions of posting RPFs, and I don't really care how anyone else 'feels' about it. To be honest, I don't see what the huge deal is. I'm not selling or profiting from my stories about real people, and I don't see the difference between my writing a story simply for my own pleasure and someone drawing a picture of themselves with their favorite actor. Why should I be persecuted for the way I choose to express my devotion and love for an actor/character/actress/singer/celeb? I'm supposed to NOT share my love because I can't draw? That doesn't really seem fair...

I'm not asking you people for permission. I'm asking for the guidelines, whether or not I can post RPFs and if my love scenes are considered pornographic. As far as I know, freedom of speech is still a right and I exercise that right with my stories. No one can make me feel bad about it.

I appreciate the wasted time you took to lecture a perfect stranger.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
How about you look at RPF groups on here and see what kinds of things are there? That would give you an idea of what's allowed. I don't read this kind of thing, so I wouldn't know.

Most people don't draw pictures of themselves pashing or banging their favourite celebrities, none that I've seen around here anyway. If I did see it, I'd find it just as creepy as a story about the same thing. Maybe creepier. (I'm not calling you creepy btw, I just find the idea of RPF creepy.) So I don't think it's a bias against RPF stories, exactly.
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AnioneGraton Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Yeah, I agree that most people don't draw those pictures, and certainly this story is not about ME. I'm through the phase of writing myself into a story (and using my own name, lol). The story is a romance about a separate, totally new original character and I have no intention of making said RP look gross, demeaned, or any of the above.

The bottom line is, everyone has their celebrity crushes. Everyone else in the world is allowed to sit down and sketch a picture of whatever/whoever they want, and it's totally condoned. I prefer to write and yet everyone thinks I'm trying to skewer an innocent person. There are so many worse things I could do with my time.

And thank you for your suggestion. I'll look into it.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Cheers.

Sure thing. I'm not trying to tell you what to write. Just letting you know there's no double standard between writing and drawing.
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Writer
What's RPF mean?
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"First of all, I'm writing an RPF (real person fiction...)"
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh. Sorry. I tend to associate acronyms with uppercase letters.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Basically, I use buzz words (like 'maleness' in lieu of 'penis' for example)

In the interests of being even moderately friendly, I have declined to post my reaction to this approach.

If you're asking about having the "right" to post something, you invite talk of legalities, because the subjects of your story certainly have a RIGHT to their privacy if you're revealing anything that violates it, and they have a RIGHT not to be slandered.

Why even call it an RPF? Why would anyone who doesn't know you IRL even suspect that your characters are real people in your life? Lots of fictional characters are *based on* real people their authors know, and that's basically what you've done here anyway. You're in no position to dictate how anyone you know might or might not react in a given situation. Therefore, to the extent your situations are fictional, the characters are too no matter what they look like or what you've named them.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if by RPF, the OP was referring to celebrity fan fiction.

Celebrities by their nature have rescinded some of their expectation of privacy; the question is whether this extends to fictional stories based upon them. My guess is that the answer is yes; if J. K. Rowling can sue to prevent undue exploitation of Harry Potter, then Britney Spears has at least an equal right to protect her own public image from libel or (further) defamation.
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vglory Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Celebrities, by their immense fortunes, can often sue people for defamation and ruin their lives even if they don't ultimately win the suit.
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