''Total Drama Island, by Gilbert and Sullivan'' (commonly abbreviated TDI-G&S, pronounced "Tiddigus") is a crossover based on a straightforward question, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as stated]] in the Introduction: {{What if}} Creator/GilbertAndSullivan had written ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Island]]'' (TDI)? It was written by [[http://totaldramaislandfanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/User:Gideoncrawle Gideoncrawle]].

TDI-G&S is technically an [[AllMusicalsAreAdaptations adaptation]] of ''Total Drama Island'', but is really more a work of scholarship. In fact, the author doesn't even call it a "story", he calls is a "compilation". ''Total Drama Island, by Gilbert and Sullivan'' uses songs and recitatives from the Gilbert & Sullivan [[{{Opera}} operettas]] (which would probably be called [[TheMusical musicals]] if written today) to retell the canon story arc of ''Total Drama Island'', effectively turning TDI into a comic opera--in essence, a [[SongFic song fic]] expanded [[UpToEleven exponentially]].

These seemingly disparate franchises have [[NotSoDifferent far more in common]] that one might assume at first glance, and over 70 percent of the total verse content in the Gilbert & Sullivan canon (excluding repetitions and the blank verse spoken dialogue of ''Theatre/PrincessIda'') are relevant to the TDI story arc or characters. As might be expected, most of the verse references are metaphorical to greater or lesser degree, but some are remarkably literal. At the other extreme, some verses fit more for their mood than for their description of events. Likewise, some of the character verses mainly fit the character's nature or background, as opposed to specific incidents.

''Total Drama Island, by Gilbert and Sullivan'' comprises three major sections:
# Technical notes on the compilation and introductions to both Gilbert & Sullivan and ''Total Drama Island'', on the presumption that most readers will be familiar with one or the other, but not with both.
#The verses used in the compilation. These are arranged in the order in which they appear in the operas, to preserve some sense of Gilbert’s stories.
#A “Guide to Incidents” presenting synopses of the TDI episodes in whatever level of detail is needed to support the verse references and to allow the uninitiated reader to understand the episode’s major events. Every episode has at least 13 verse references, and one has nearly 100. The synopses themselves are similar to the plot summaries that one might find on a ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' reference website, but with a more storylike flavor. The synopses also include [[LemonyNarrator commentary]] on certain storylines and characterizations to aid uninitiated readers, because TDI-G&S was originally written for a general interest website.

The compilation is available in two versions: a web-based version and a downloadable PDF file. The web-based version omits the “Introduction to ''Total Drama Island''” section because it resides on a website dedicated to fan fiction for the ''Total Drama'' series. The web-based version also has numerous embedded music videos for some of the songs, whereas the PDF version has many more screenshots from the show.

'''JustForFun/SumThisUpInOneTrope:''' EdutainmentShow

Interested parties can read the web-based version [[http://totaldramaislandfanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/Total_Drama_Island,_by_Gilbert_and_Sullivan here]] or get the PDF version [[http://sunrisecodeworks.com/TotalDramaIslandByGilbertAndSullivan.html here]].

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!!In addition to the tropes inherited from its source material, this compilation provides examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: The summaries for the ''Total Drama Island'' episodes have enough detail to support the verse references and keep the plot coherent, but little more. The summaries rarely go two paragraphs without a verse reference.
* AllThereInTheManual: Includes an extensive glossary and [[BlueFever many hyperlinks]] to music files and supplemental information on ancillary topics
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Invoked. Because Cody's verses relate mainly to his [[HopelessSuitor unsuccessful suit]] for Gwen's affections, the cumulative effect is to depict him as a much more tragic and pitiable figure than the one that ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Island]]'' portrays.
* TheAnnotatedEdition: Includes an extensive glossary of now-obscure terms and references in Gilbert's verses. These are drawn mainly from ''Asimov’s Annotated Gilbert & Sullivan'', by Creator/IsaacAsimov.
* AuthorAppeal: The author is a fan of both ''Total Drama Island'' and [[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan Gilbert & Sullivan]], and the whole point of crossing the two is to introduce to one readers who are familiar with the other.
* BlueFever: Includes a huge number of hyperlinks, mostly to Glossary terms (on TheOtherWiki and elsewhere) or MIDI files for the songs (on [[http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/ The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive]]).
* DoorStopper: A borderline case. Although it’s “only” about 120,000 words including the Glossary and other supplemental materials, the PDF version clocks in at right around 500 pages because so much of its content is poetry (song lyrics) which is notorious for using page space inefficiently. The 700 ''Total Drama Island'' screenshots put a goodly percentage of that white space to use, though.
* EdutainmentShow: It's definitely educational for the ''Total Drama Island'' fans who comprise the work's main target audience. In addition the to cultural element of familiarizing readers with the Gilbert & Sullivan canon, the lyrics are excellent vocabulary builders because Gilbert refused to pander to the lowest common denominator, so he used the entire range of the English language vocabulary in his verses. Indeed, he wasn't above using terms from other languages when he needed a rhyme.
* {{Epigraph}}: All of the episode plot summaries start with a verse or verse fragment that fits the episode's tone or major events.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The premise of ''Total Drama Island, by Gilbert and Sullivan'' is, "[[WhatIf What if]] Gilbert and Sullivan [[TheMusical had written]] ''Total Drama Island''?
* {{Flanderization}}: Invoked. Due to the themes and character types that appear in the [[{{Opera}} operettas]], and corresponding limitations on the subject matter available in the verses, the verses for some ''Total Drama Island'' characters tend to focus on peripheral aspects.
** Chef Hatchet’s verses focus mainly on his military background.
** Cody’s verses focus mainly on his [[HopelessSuitor unsuccessful suit]] for Gwen’s affections.
** The verses for Geoff, Bridgette and Tyler focus mainly on their romantic relationships.
* FootnoteFever: This manifests in two ways:
** Because the compilation uses so many verses, and to preserve some sense of Gilbert’s stories, the verses are segregated into a separate section. A cross-referencing system enables the reader to move quickly between the plot summaries (called the Guide To Incidents) and the verses.
** Many of the more obscure terms in the verses are marked either with underlining (in the web-based version) or a different color font (in the PDF version) to indicate that they have Glossary entries.
* GenderFlip: For many of the verses pertaining to romantic relationships and complications thereof, the gender roles in the ''Total Drama Island'' incidents are reversed from the original roles in the operettas. This is especially prominent with respect to Cody's unsuccessful suit for Gwen's affections.
* LemonyNarrator: The "just the facts" character of the episode summaries doesn't preclude drollery. For example, a certain summary doesn't just say, "Bridgette alarms a family of skunks and gets sprayed." Instead, it says, "Bridgette alarms a family of skunks and pays the customary penalty."
* TheMusical: The crossover effectively turns the canon story arc of ''Total Drama Island'' into a comic opera.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The Gilbert & Sullivan operettas have been in the public domain since the 1950s
* SongFic: But instead of just one song, it’s a whole series of 14 comic operas. The lyrics are collected in a separate section with a cross-referencing system that allows the reader to quickly jump back and forth between the synopses and the lyrics.
* UpToEleven: How else would one describe a SongFic with several thousand lines of lyrics? Up to 11? More like Up To 1100.
* VirtualSoundtrack: All of the verses, except for those very few that are spoken rather than sung in the operettas (or those drawn from ''Thespis'', for which most of the music has been lost), come with links to MIDI files so that interested parties can hear the tunes. In contrast to the lyrics, which can't be skipped without defeating the whole point of the crossover, the music is strictly optional and is included mainly for people who think that Gilbert is incomplete without Sullivan.
* WhatIf: as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stated in the premise]]: "What if Gilbert & Sullivan had written ''Total Drama Island''?"
* XMeetsY: ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Island]]'' meets Creator/GilbertAndSullivan.
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