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27th May '17 2:06:47 PM nombretomado
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* Robert Jordan, author of the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' series up until his death, was once asked at a convention panel, along with several other writers, what influenced how they wrote combat scenes in their books. Because he had served in the VietnamWar, his response was that he knew what it was like to kill someone, and what it was like to kill a lot of people, and how that changed a person and how they viewed not just fighting, but themselves, afterward.

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* Robert Jordan, author of the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' series up until his death, was once asked at a convention panel, along with several other writers, what influenced how they wrote combat scenes in their books. Because he had served in the VietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, his response was that he knew what it was like to kill someone, and what it was like to kill a lot of people, and how that changed a person and how they viewed not just fighting, but themselves, afterward.
16th May '17 9:51:28 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/ErichVonStroheim wrote, directed, and starred in ''Film/FoolishWives'', about a trio of con artists pretending to be [[TsaristRussia White Russian]] aristocrats. Von Stroheim presumably wasn't a criminal, but he was a fake aristocrat, the son of a Viennese haberdasher. When he emigrated to America he added the aristocratic "von" to his name and made himself out to be an Austrian count.

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* Creator/ErichVonStroheim wrote, directed, and starred in ''Film/FoolishWives'', about a trio of con artists pretending to be [[TsaristRussia [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia White Russian]] aristocrats. Von Stroheim presumably wasn't a criminal, but he was a fake aristocrat, the son of a Viennese haberdasher. When he emigrated to America he added the aristocratic "von" to his name and made himself out to be an Austrian count.
5th May '17 4:14:49 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is based on Alex Hirsch's life experience as a child during the summer.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy'' has every character as based on himself or someone he knew growing up. For example, the Eds are based on aspects of his personality, Rolf is based on his experience of being the son of immigrants, and the Kankers on a group of teenage girls who were awful to the younger kids in the neighborhood, but incredibly flirtatious with the boys.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is based on Alex Hirsch's life experience as a child during the summer.summer, with various characters being based on himself, family members, and college friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the titular character based on Rebecca Sugar's younger brother Steven, and the main three Crystal Gems based on facets of her personality.
8th Apr '17 9:58:31 PM nombretomado
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* [[RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Jeremy Lloyd]] had a stint working in the menswear department at Simpson's of Piccadilly, a now-defunct UsefulNotes/{{London}} department store. The employees he encountered became the inspirations for ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''

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* [[RowanAndMartinsLaughIn [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Jeremy Lloyd]] had a stint working in the menswear department at Simpson's of Piccadilly, a now-defunct UsefulNotes/{{London}} department store. The employees he encountered became the inspirations for ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''
8th Mar '17 9:54:13 AM nombretomado
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* GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's McAuslan stories are a ''very'' lightly fictionalized retelling of his post-WWII service in the Gordon Highlanders.

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* GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's McAuslan Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's Literature/McAuslan stories are a ''very'' lightly fictionalized retelling of his post-WWII service in the Gordon Highlanders.
12th Feb '17 4:19:02 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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* Tom King used to be a counter-terrorism officer in the CIA, and a lot of his works feature terrorists or espionage. He was brought on to ''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}'' partly so he could add authenticity to the spy antics, and his ''ComicBook/OmegaMen'' run re-imagined the team as a group of rebels/terrorists and had political commentary on America's involvement in the War in Afghanistan. ''Sheriff of Babylon'' is about a sheriff in the middle-east and is also hugely based on King's own experiences.

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* Tom King used to be a counter-terrorism officer in the CIA, and a lot of his works feature terrorists or espionage. He was brought on to ''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}'' partly so he could add authenticity to the spy antics, and his ''ComicBook/OmegaMen'' run re-imagined the team as a group of rebels/terrorists and had political commentary on America's involvement in the War in Afghanistan.the Middle-East. ''Sheriff of Babylon'' is about a sheriff in the middle-east and is also hugely based on King's own experiences.
12th Feb '17 4:18:04 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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* Tom King used to be a counter-terrorism officer in the CIA, and a lot of his works feature terrorists or espionage. He was brought on to ''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}'' partly so he could add authenticity to the spy antics, and his ''ComicBook/OmegaMen'' run re-imagined the team as a group of rebels/terrorists and had political commentary on America's involvement in the War in Afghanistan. ''Sheriff of Babylon'' is about a sheriff in the middle-east and is also hugely based on King's own experiences.
25th Jan '17 4:56:25 AM GentlemensDame883
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* Creator/MakotoShinkai has said in interviews that he's best at creating based on what he has a personal connection to.
8th Jan '17 4:07:33 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/DreamTheater have done this often, but the clearest example has to be the Twelve-Step Suite, written about Mike Portnoy's recovery from alcoholism. It consists of five songs and twelve movements; each movement corresponds to one of Alcoholics Anonymous' eponymous twelve steps. The entire suite is dedicated to the group's founder Bill W. "and his friends" (i.e., the other members of the organisation).
21st Oct '16 9:58:26 AM Jeduthun
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* Creator/CSLewis cast made villains in Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy university professors and faculty, in [[WordOfGod his words]], "not, of course, because I think Fellows of Colleges more likely to be thus corrupted than anyone else, but because my own is the only profession I know well enough to write about."
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