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How many fictional characters in novels are based on real people?

I’d guess that it’s a large majority. I’ve never written a novel, so that’s just a hunch. Even if it’s just abstract or on a subconscious level, I think a lot of authors pull from their own experiences with other people when creating characters.

When The Paris Review interviewed E.M. Forster, author of A Passage To India, he said as much.

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