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Old 07-04-2012, 10:56 AM   #31
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I can't believe no one has mentioned Catch 22
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:15 AM   #32
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I wouldn't support an author who faked a book this way.
I would have to say that he was probably not the first to pass of his work as something it wasn't. On a side note, you probably watch movies that are "Based on a True Story", that have no close association with what actually happened, but those are still enjoyed and watched by many. I do not see the difference here. He took liberties with his recollection of events, and it was blown out of proportion by Oprah and the media circus. If the book means something and is good in itself, then the author is supposed to disappear, even if he is writing in the first person. It was not a complete lie though. So i would say it is "Based on a True Story".
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I would have to say that he was probably not the first to pass of his work as something it wasn't. On a side note, you probably watch movies that are "Based on a True Story", that have no close association with what actually happened, but those are still enjoyed and watched by many. I do not see the difference here. He took liberties with his recollection of events, and it was blown out of proportion by Oprah and the media circus. If the book means something and is good in itself, then the author is supposed to disappear, even if he is writing in the first person. It was not a complete lie though. So i would say it is "Based on a True Story".
He lied. Deliberately.

A movie "based on a true story" clearly takes liberties with truth. I know that going in.

Most of us have a soft spot for stories of real people who overcome incredible odds. Lying about those odds is a betrayal, and I see no reason to support an author who does that, especially in telling his own life story.

If he'd written it as fiction from the start, that would be different.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:45 PM   #34
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Yes, I agree that he should have just said it was a fiction based on his life, nevertheless the book itself fits the OP topic.
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I can't believe no one has mentioned Catch 22
I was thinking of it but really don't know much about Joesph Heller!
I do know I loved Catch 22 bur couldn't get through "Something Happened" back in the 70's when I tried.
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