What is the differnce between "based" on a true story and "inspired" by a true s

Hong Kong
January 14, 2007 2:39pm CST
To me,they are the same thing.
2 responses
@misskatonic (3730)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Based on a true story means that the adaption is as true to the facts as it can be. There's little artistic license taken, and not much is added to make the story more interesting. Inspired by means that some facts may be true, but a lot of liberties and creative license has been taken.
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• Hong Kong
14 Jan 07
Nice answer,I'd give u Best response but I already gave it away,so u'll still get a plus.
• United States
14 Jan 07
Based on a true story basically means the events and things that take place are relatively true to their happenings. Inspired by a true story means that something that really HAS happened inspired the events of the movie/article or situation, but many thing have been changed for dramatic effect (to make something more controvertial, dramatic, or things that attract attention and make a good story).
• Hong Kong
14 Jan 07
Oh man,u are getting all the best response.Thanks for your answer.
• United States
14 Jan 07
Haha two for two. Well I think your topics are different. But always glad to offer my perspective.
@opinder (423)
• India
15 Jan 07
i would have said the same thing. since you already did....wats the point typing it out again..