The Simpsons Know The Secret For Writing The Perfect Tween Novel

Last night's Simpsons dove into the world of fiction writing in an episode titled "The Book Job." Lisa was disgusted with Homer's periodical of choice — JetSki Wanter magazine — which was written by a committee of writers. So Homer got the idea to gather Springfield's best and brightest and work on a YA novel! The group discussed all of the elements that make such a series successful: Orphans, vampires, and trolls. And! As we all know, the troll needs to be played by Robert Pattinson in the flick for true success — perhaps that'll come in The Book Job, Part 2: The Movie Deal.

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No mention of Neil Gaiman?! He's the single reason why I watched the Simpsons for the first time since the 90s. He was hilarious!

Can I just say that it's depressing that this stuff probably DOES happen rather more frequently than I care to think about in YA literature? For every awesome Maureen Johnson and John Green, there's oodles of despicable James Frey book factories...

British Fonzie to the rescue!