2 From the ‘So What?’ Department:
- LonelyGirl15 isn’t a ‘real’ person, just an entertaining video project
- James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces not a ‘real’ memoir, get your money back
To me, both of these are non-stories and stories with illiterate audiences. There’s no reason for readers or viewers to feel cheated if they were entertained. That doesn’t change if the character can give a DNA sample.
We might as well go after all fiction, every movie, book, and television program with non-real people (characters).
Think I can get a refund for my Hitchhikers collection for expecting an actual Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, instead getting a highly entertaining science fiction story?
UPDATE: On a related note: