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* CluelessAesop: Parodied. The dinosaur-themed show the family watches at the beginning of the episode has a forced GreenAesop after the meteorite hits. Marge thinks the message is sweet, but Bart says the lesson is skewed because if the world is going to be destroyed by an unrelated cause you might as well party while it lasts. Homer, Lisa AND Marge end up agreeing that Bart has a point.

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* CluelessAesop: Parodied. The dinosaur-themed show the family watches at the beginning of the episode has a forced GreenAesop after the meteorite hits. Marge thinks the message is sweet, but Bart says the lesson is skewed because if the world is going to be destroyed by an unrelated cause you might as well party while it lasts. Homer, Lisa Maggie AND Marge end up agreeing that Bart has a point.



* PlotTailoredToTheParty: In a sense. The team Homer and Bart assemble to assist in writing their novel each bring their own talents that prove vital to the novel's success - Homer and Bart are collectively TheLeader, Skinner for his understanding of a child's mind as an elementary school principal, Selma Bouvier's experience and understanding of the fantasy genre, Moe having previously published several moderately successful children's books, and Professor Frink providing a computer for them to write their story on. Neil Gaiman is later included due to his own experience as a widely successful fantasy author.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Homer and Bart's writing team consists of Principal Skinner, Selma Bouvier, Moe Syzlak, Professor Frink, and Creator/NeilGaiman.

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* PlotTailoredToTheParty: In a sense. The team Homer and Bart assemble to assist in writing their novel each bring their own talents that prove vital to the novel's success - Homer and Bart are collectively TheLeader, Skinner for his understanding of a child's mind as an elementary school principal, Selma Bouvier's Patty's experience and understanding of the fantasy genre, Moe having previously published several moderately successful children's books, and Professor Frink providing a computer for them to write their story on. Neil Gaiman is later included due to his own experience as a widely successful fantasy author.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Homer and Bart's writing team consists of Principal Seymour Skinner, Selma Patty Bouvier, Moe Syzlak, Professor Frink, and Creator/NeilGaiman.



** As previously shown in the series, the ''Angelica Button'' novels are an obvious AffectionateParody of the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series. In another reference to ''Harry Potter'', Bart later remarks that Aunt Selma has "read enough fantasy novels to choke a hippogriff."
** Some of the fantasy novels on Selma's bookshelf include "[[Series/ParksAndRecreation The Winkles of Elfinshire]]," "[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Sledge and the Olympians]]," "[[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Dragonfriends of Plonk]]," "[[Film/CloudAtlas Cloud Atlas 2: Cumulus Rising]]," "[[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers The Body Snatcher]] [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye in the Rye]]," and "[[Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader Booze Cruise of the Dawn Treader]]."

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** As previously shown in the series, the ''Angelica Button'' novels are an obvious AffectionateParody of the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series. In another reference to ''Harry Potter'', Bart later remarks that Aunt Selma Patty has "read enough fantasy novels to choke a hippogriff."
** Some of the fantasy novels on Selma's Patty's bookshelf include "[[Series/ParksAndRecreation The Winkles of Elfinshire]]," "[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Sledge and the Olympians]]," "[[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Dragonfriends of Plonk]]," "[[Film/CloudAtlas Cloud Atlas 2: Cumulus Rising]]," "[[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers The Body Snatcher]] [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye in the Rye]]," and "[[Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader Booze Cruise of the Dawn Treader]]."


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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Patty is the only female member of Homer and Bart's writing team.

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** Just because you're primarily driven by profit doesn't mean you can't still take pride in your work and produce something genuinely good.

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* BecomingTheMask: Team Homer initially made ''The Troll Twins of Underbridge Academy'' to make an easy million dollars, but as time went on, they grew more and more invested in the story they've crafted and become outraged when their publisher heavily alters it to be about vampires.


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* MythologyGag: The original version of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' had a golem instead of a vampire. Said golem looks like the one from [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E4TreehouseOfHorrorXVII Treehouse of Horror XVII]].


* CluelessAesop: Parodied. The dinosaur-themed show the family watches at the beginning of the episode has a forced GreenAesop after the meteorite hits. Bart, Homer, and even ''Marge'' all instead get the message that it's okay to pollute and litter, since the world is already going to be destroyed by unrelated causes.
* CompositeCharacter: Spiritually, the author of the Angelica Button series is a committee of writers using a PenName calculated for maximum appeal. It also invokes the real practice of ghost writers, using a form of UncreditedRole that does the majority of the work but doesn't get credit for it.

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* CluelessAesop: Parodied. The dinosaur-themed show the family watches at the beginning of the episode has a forced GreenAesop after the meteorite hits. Bart, Homer, and even ''Marge'' all instead get Marge thinks the message that it's okay to pollute and litter, since is sweet, but Bart says the lesson is skewed because if the world is already going to be destroyed by an unrelated causes.
cause you might as well party while it lasts. Homer, Lisa AND Marge end up agreeing that Bart has a point.
* CompositeCharacter: Spiritually, the author of the Angelica Button series is a committee of writers using a PenName calculated for maximum appeal. It also invokes the real practice of ghost writers, Ghost Writers and HousePseudonym, using a form of UncreditedRole that does the majority of the work but doesn't get credit for it.



* HeistEpisode: Technically only the last part is an out-and-out caper, but it feels like one from the moment Bart and Homer cook up their idea to write a money-making book. The caper consists of writing a young adult fantasy novel, complete with multiple title cards within the episode showing the job of the specific members of the "crew." However, when the publisher changes their manuscript, they execute an ''actual'' heist to break into the printer and switch manuscripts.

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* HeistEpisode: Technically only the last part is an out-and-out caper, but it the tone feels like one from the moment Bart and Homer cook up their idea to write a money-making book. book, with Homer meeting Bart at an arcade and talks in thinly veiled SpySpeak to get him on board. The caper consists of writing a young adult fantasy novel, complete with multiple title cards within the episode showing the part of the heist they are on and the job of the specific members of the "crew." However, when the publisher changes their manuscript, they execute an ''actual'' heist to break into the printer and switch manuscripts.


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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Invoked with the presentation at the museum featuring realistic and genuinely terrifying dinosaur animatronics and costumes, making it more on the horror side of ''Film/JurassicPark'' than the whimsical side. Kids run screaming out of the arena and Milhouse is shaking in fear holding a [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney doll]] wondering why they aren't singing.

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* CompositeCharacter: Spiritually, the author of the Angelica Button series is a committee of writers using a PenName calculated for maximum appeal. It also invokes the real practice of ghost writers, using a form of UncreditedRole that does the majority of the work but doesn't get credit for it.


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* TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup: Subverted in the sense that despite being initially appalled at the writing by committee strategy, the team actually find the collaboration and end product satisfactory creatively. This contrasts Lisa trying to write by herself, [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny allowing any and all distractions]] keep her from writing anything. But once the book was bought by the publisher, their focus groups and efforts to follow recent trends made them rewrite the book away from their efforts to be a bit more original (such as using trolls instead of vampires).


Guest stars Creator/NeilGaiman

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Guest stars Creator/NeilGaimanCreator/NeilGaiman as one of Homer and Bart's writing partners.




* AdamWesting: Neil Gaiman



* AdamWesting: Neil Gaiman plays a hilarious {{Cloudcuckoolander}} version of himself as the ButtMonkey on Homer and Bart's writing team, who also turns to be a deceptively brilliant ManipulativeBastard at the episode's end.
* AffectionateParody: Of heist films.
* AlienBlood: Parodied; When a bunch of kids freak out upon seeing Moe and scream that he's a troll, he pricks his finger to prove that he's human. When he instead bleeds ''green'' blood, Moe admits that "the first part's always green, but it ''turns'' red!"
* AnAesop:
** HardWorkHardlyWorks [[AvertedTrope doesn't really apply that much]] in RealLife. While it's initially done through underhanded means, Homer and Bart's group-penned novel is able to succeed through grueling work together, while Lisa doesn't take her own efforts as an author seriously enough and so never pens anything.
** Additionally, creativity is best as a team effort. Homer and Bart's team is ultimately able to pen a novel far more successfully than Lisa is because they have each other to work off of and get inspiration from.



** Hilariously discussed. When Homer gets taken away by security for taking a nap inside a dinosaur head he protests that it's not against the law to sleep in a ''Tyrannosaurus'' head, to which the guards respond that he's inside an ''Allosaurus''.[[note]]In Homer's defense, the head actually looks more like that of a ''Tyrannosaurus'', having a much bulkier skull shape and none of the brow horns ''Allosaurus'' is known for having.[[/note]]
-->'''Homer''': I demand to speak to my paleontologist!
** Milhouse denies that the animatronics seen during the show are real dinosaurs, since dinosaurs are [[Series/BarneyAndFriends supposed to sing.]] Judging from the masses' reaction, many of the other children may have had similar beliefs.

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** Hilariously discussed. When Homer gets taken away by security for taking a nap inside a dinosaur head he protests that it's not against the law to sleep in a ''Tyrannosaurus'' head, to which the guards respond that he's inside an ''Allosaurus''.[[note]]In Homer's defense, the head actually looks ''does'' look more like that of a ''Tyrannosaurus'', having a much bulkier skull shape and none of the brow horns ''Allosaurus'' is known for having.[[/note]]
-->'''Homer''': -->'''Homer:''' I demand to speak to my paleontologist!
** Milhouse denies that the animatronics seen during the show are real dinosaurs, since dinosaurs are [[Series/BarneyAndFriends supposed to sing.]] sing]]. Judging from the masses' reaction, many of the other children may have had similar beliefs.



* ButtMonkey: Neil Gaiman mostly spends the episode having his life repeatedly threatened and harassed by Moe, though it's subverted in the end when he steals the credit for ''Underbridge Academy''.



** Lisa finding out the author of the ''Angelica Buttons'' series is really an actress and that her favorite books are written by the publishers.
** When Marge tries to defend the books by saying Lisa still liked the stories when she read them, Lisa points out that Betty Crocker was never a real person but an invention of men in the 20's. Marge pretends not to be hurt and chastises Lisa, but then goes outside and empties all her Betty Crocker goods in the trash.
* CapitalismIsBad: Zigzagged. The villains are faceless corporations that run literary sweatshops, but Homer's team of profit-motivated entrepreneurs are portrayed as heroic opposition to the above.

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** Lisa finding finds out that the author of the ''Angelica Buttons'' series is really an actress and that her favorite books are written by the publishers.
publishers in grueling sweatshop-esque conditions. It gets to the point that fervent environmentalist Lisa wants to ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness burn her old Angelica Button novels]]'' out of shame.
** When Marge tries to defend the books by saying Lisa still liked the stories when she read them, Lisa points out that Betty Crocker was never a real person but an invention of men in the 20's. TheRoaringTwenties. Marge pretends not to be hurt and chastises Lisa, but then goes outside [[NotSoDifferent and empties all her Betty Crocker goods in the trash.
trash]].
* CapitalismIsBad: [[invoked]] Zigzagged. The villains are faceless corporations that run literary sweatshops, but Homer's team of profit-motivated entrepreneurs are portrayed as heroic opposition to the above.



* CluelessAesop: Parodied. The dinosaur-themed show the family watches at the beginning of the episode has a forced GreenAesop after the meteorite hits. Bart and Homer instead get the message that it's okay to pollute and litter, since the world is already going to be destroyed by unrelated causes.

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* CluelessAesop: Parodied. The dinosaur-themed show the family watches at the beginning of the episode has a forced GreenAesop after the meteorite hits. Bart Bart, Homer, and Homer even ''Marge'' all instead get the message that it's okay to pollute and litter, since the world is already going to be destroyed by unrelated causes.



* DoingItForTheArt: InUniverse. Lisa, but she is unable to write anything. The other group, [[MoneyDearBoy driven by greed]], is much more productive, so much so that they end up liking their finished work more than the money and defect to Lisa's side.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: At the beginning.
* EvilLaugh: "The audiobook is only available ... abridged. Abridged!" *cackling, maniacal laughter*
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe. Homer and Bart originally created a fantasy novel that's best described as [[CaptainErsatz Harry Potter with trolls]], but when it actually gets published, the company plans to turn it into yet another [[Literature/{{Twilight}} vampire romance series for preteen girls]].
* ExtranormalInstitute: Discussed; Seymour concludes that the trope has been so successful because children can relate to a school setting. The 'magic' aspect, however, is necessary because it makes the trope more interesting than schools in real life.

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* DoingItForTheArt: DoingItForTheArt:[[invoked]] InUniverse. Lisa, but she is unable to write anything. The other group, [[MoneyDearBoy driven by greed]], is much more productive, so much so that they end up liking their finished work more than the money and effectively defect to Lisa's side.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: At The beginning of the beginning.
episode has the Simpsons attending "Dino Land," an educational attraction at the local rec center based around dinosaurs.
* EvilLaugh: "The audiobook is only available ...available... abridged. Abridged!" ''Abridged!''" *cackling, maniacal laughter*
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe.InUniverse. Homer and Bart originally created a fantasy novel that's best described as [[CaptainErsatz Harry Potter with trolls]], but when it actually gets published, the company plans to turn it into yet another [[Literature/{{Twilight}} vampire romance series for preteen girls]].
* ExtranormalInstitute: Discussed; Seymour concludes that the trope has been so successful because children can relate to a school setting. The 'magic' "magic" aspect, however, is necessary because it makes the trope more interesting than schools in real life.



* FreezeFrameBonus: If you pause any DVD or streaming video in the right places during the episode, you can see ''actual'' story being written, rather than the usual gibberish often used to simulate writing, meaning that either the team at the show were planning to [[{{Defictionalization}} actually make]] the book in real life and just never got around to it, or they (correctly) assumed people might be curious to what was being written by Homer and Bart's crew and put actual story text in certain shots.

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* [[invoked]] FollowTheLeader: InUniverse, ''Underbridge Academy'' is heavily inspired by the ''Angelica Button'' series (read: ''Harry Potter''), but it gains enough genuine creativity and talent behind it to elevate the material. Furthermore, the publishers wanted to rewrite it into a poorly-done ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' knockoff, angering the team and motivating them into action to save their story.
* FreezeFrameBonus: [[invoked]] If you pause any DVD or streaming video in the right places during the episode, you can see ''actual'' story being written, rather than the usual gibberish often used to simulate writing, meaning that either the team at the show were planning to [[{{Defictionalization}} actually make]] the book in real life and just never got around to it, or they (correctly) assumed people might be curious to what was being written by Homer and Bart's crew and put actual story text in certain shots.



-->'''Marge:''' I know you're hurting, but that's no reason to lash out at me!
* HeistEpisode: Technically only the last part is an out-and-out caper, but it feels like one from the moment Bart and Homer cook up their idea to write a money-making book. The caper consists of writing a young adult fantasy novel. When the publisher changes their manuscript, they execute an actual heist to break into the printer and switch manuscripts.
* HiddenDepths: Whichever of Springfield's denizens viewers might have expected to have written a series of "moderately successful children's books", it almost certainly wasn't Moe.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Lisa "reveals" herself to the rest of the crew as a traitor, Patty comments that it's always a woman who betrays the team.

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-->'''Marge:''' [[BrutalHonesty I know you're hurting, but that's no reason to lash out at me!
me!]]
* [[invoked]] GrowingTheBeard: As alluded to below, ''Underbridge Academy'' is originally written to be StrictlyFormula novel with no real intent to be anything above disposable fluff, but the novel's quality significantly improves and it actually ends up as a genuinely good book as everyone gets increasingly invested in it.
* HourglassPlot:
** [[invoked]] The episode's main story starts with Homer and Bart (and, by extension, the rest of their team) OnlyInItForTheMoney and wanting to create a StrictlyFormula novel to cater to the masses and publishers, but they find themselves all getting increasingly invested in the novel itself along with actively improving themselves as writers, to the point where they produce a truly good creative work and are outraged when the publishers inflict ExecutiveMeddling on it.
** In contrast, Lisa starts the story firmly believing in the auteur theory and arrogantly believing that she doesn't need any assistance to help her write her novel. [[RealityEnsues Her novel never makes it off the ground]] and instead ''she'' is the one who ultimately (at least appears to) acquiesces and make a deal with the corporate publishers to make sure the publishers' version of ''Underbridge Academy'' is released.
* HeistEpisode: Technically only the last part is an out-and-out caper, but it feels like one from the moment Bart and Homer cook up their idea to write a money-making book. The caper consists of writing a young adult fantasy novel. When novel, complete with multiple title cards within the episode showing the job of the specific members of the "crew." However, when the publisher changes their manuscript, they execute an actual ''actual'' heist to break into the printer and switch manuscripts.
* HiddenDepths: Whichever of Springfield's denizens viewers might have expected to have written a series of "moderately successful children's books", it almost certainly wasn't Moe.
''Moe''.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Lisa "reveals" herself to the rest of the crew as a traitor, Patty comments that [[FemaleMisogynist it's always a woman who betrays the team.team]].



* ItsPersonal: The writer team initially cared about making a book for profit. However, they care very deeply about the changes made to their book. Bart chastises the team for caring about the book, but he becomes personally invested when hes told that the war was turned into a dance competition.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The publishers go out of their way to stop the crew from getting their book published as they intended it to be. It turns out, the people of Springfield love ''Underbridge Academy'', and its publication is a success for the authors both financially and emotionally. (Though ''Underbridge'' is portrayed as original in comparison to its vampire version.)

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* ItsPersonal: The writer team initially cared about making a book for profit. However, they care very deeply about the changes made to their book. Bart chastises the team for caring about the book, but he becomes personally invested when hes told that the epic war in the backstory was turned into a dance competition.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The publishers go out of their way to stop the crew from getting their book published as they intended it to be. It As it turns out, the people of Springfield love ''Underbridge Academy'', and its publication is a success for the authors both financially and emotionally. (Though emotionally (though ''Underbridge'' is portrayed as original in comparison to its vampire version.)version).
* OhCrap: After Neil Gaiman sweetly tells Moe that he didn't take a sip of the drink he just poured for Moe because "I'm afraid I don't like the taste... of ''poison''", Moe looks at his emptied cup and sighs "Aww... crap."



* NeverLearnedToRead: Neil Gaiman somehow manages to have a writing career, despite this.
* {{Omniglot}}: Apparently, Patty is fluent in numerous fantasy languages, "from Dothraki to Parseltongue"
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Played for laughs. Bart tells Neil Gaiman to "lose the [English] accent", which prompts Gaiman to speak what amounts to a line of stereotypically American nonsense in the least convincing American accent ever heard by man.

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* KarmaHoudini: PlayedForLaughs; Neil Gaiman never receives his comeuppance for stealing credit for the team's novel and poisoning Moe at the very end to avoid sharing the profits.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Neil Gaiman [[LogicBomb somehow manages to have a writing career, career despite this.
this]].
* NoodleIncident: Homer and Bart repeatedly mention a prior heist they tried to pull in Kansas City going south.
* {{Omniglot}}: Apparently, Patty [[HiddenDepths Patty]] is fluent in numerous fantasy languages, "from Dothraki [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Dothraki]] to Parseltongue"
[[Literature/HarryPotter Parseltongue]]."
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Played for laughs. PlayedForLaughs. Bart tells Neil Gaiman to "lose the [English] accent", which prompts Gaiman to speak what amounts to a line of stereotypically American nonsense in the least ''least'' convincing American accent ever heard by man.



* PteroSoarer: The ''Pteranodon'' at the dinosaur show, whilst lacking pycnofibres, has a pteroid bone.

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* PteroSoarer: The ''Pteranodon'' at the dinosaur show, whilst lacking pycnofibres, [[ShownTheirWork has a pteroid bone.bone]].
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: In a sense. The team Homer and Bart assemble to assist in writing their novel each bring their own talents that prove vital to the novel's success - Homer and Bart are collectively TheLeader, Skinner for his understanding of a child's mind as an elementary school principal, Selma Bouvier's experience and understanding of the fantasy genre, Moe having previously published several moderately successful children's books, and Professor Frink providing a computer for them to write their story on. Neil Gaiman is later included due to his own experience as a widely successful fantasy author.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Homer and Bart's writing team consists of Principal Skinner, Selma Bouvier, Moe Syzlak, Professor Frink, and Creator/NeilGaiman.



* RealityEnsues: The majority of children at the show are terrified by the life sized animatronic dinosaurs and run within moments of the show starting.
** Lisa thinks she can just start writing a novel on her own with no prep work. In real life it can take weeks, months or even years to prepare to even start writing one on your own, so of course she fails to write a single sentence.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/NeilGaiman AsHimself, and Creator/AndyGarcia as Slick.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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The majority of children at the show are terrified by the life sized life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and run within moments of the show starting.
** Lisa thinks she can just start writing a novel on her own with no prep work. In real life life, it can take weeks, months or even years ''years'' to prepare to even start writing one on your own, so of course she fails to write a single sentence.
* ShoutOut:
** The episode's title is a reference to ''Film/TheBankJob'', and the whole episode is one long {{Homage}} to ''Film/OceansEleven''.
** As previously shown in the series, the ''Angelica Button'' novels are an obvious AffectionateParody of the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series. In another reference to ''Harry Potter'', Bart later remarks that Aunt Selma has "read enough fantasy novels to choke a hippogriff."
** Some of the fantasy novels on Selma's bookshelf include "[[Series/ParksAndRecreation The Winkles of Elfinshire]]," "[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Sledge and the Olympians]]," "[[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Dragonfriends of Plonk]]," "[[Film/CloudAtlas Cloud Atlas 2: Cumulus Rising]]," "[[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers The Body Snatcher]] [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye in the Rye]]," and "[[Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader Booze Cruise of the Dawn Treader]]."
** When Lisa is telling her fake backstory to the [=TweenLit=] [=CEO=], the latter briefly mentions Creator/RLStine and ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}''.
* TheSparkOfGenius: The creative version of this trope is deconstructed, with Homer and Bart's group effort being shown to be a more successful and clever way of writing a novel as opposed to Lisa's solo effort, as she's unable to properly focus herself. The episode all but states that ''no one'' on their own really has the creative wherewithal to be able to write "the Great American Novel," and instead the most successful artists take inspiration from others (intentionally or not) & the best art is created as part of a group effort.
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SpecialGuest: Two - Creator/NeilGaiman AsHimself, and Creator/AndyGarcia as Slick.



* TakeThat: The whole episode is one to the idea of the "lone auteur," with the success of the novel penned by Homer and Bart's team showing that the creative process is (however distanced) ultimately a group effort, while Lisa intentionally trying to make her novel just on her own is shown to make it doomed from the start.



* TemptingFate: After Lisa explains how she tricked the Executive into publishing the crew's original story, she comments that the best part is that she's been credited as the author. She then opens a copy of the book and learns Neil Gaiman got that credit.

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* TemptingFate: After Lisa explains how she tricked the Executive into publishing the crew's original story, she comments that the best part is that she's been credited as the author. She then opens a copy of the book and learns Neil Gaiman is outraged to learn that ''Neil Gaiman'' got that credit.



* WhamLine: An in-universe example. The first ''Underbridge Academy'' book ends with the heroes receiving a message that says; "Your parents are still alive."
* WildCard: Ultimately, the conflict between authors and "big money" is decided by Lisa, who had been a neutral party up until them.

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* WhamLine: An in-universe example. The first ''Underbridge Academy'' book ends with the heroes receiving a message that says; says "Your parents are still alive."
* WhamShot: TheReveal on the inside dust jacket of the published ''Underbridge Academy'' that '''Neil Gaiman''' is being accredited as the author.
* WildCard: Ultimately, the conflict between the team authors and "big money" is decided by Lisa, who had been a neutral party up until them.

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* CluelessAesop: Parodied. The dinosaur-themed show the family watches at the beginning of the episode has a forced GreenAesop after the meteorite hits. Bart and Homer instead get the message that it's okay to pollute and litter, since the world is already going to be destroyed by unrelated causes.


** Milhouse denies that the animatronics seen during the show aren't real dinosaurs, since dinosaurs are [[Series/BarneyAndFriends supposed to sing.]] Judging from the masses' reaction, many of the other children may have had similar beliefs.

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** Milhouse denies that the animatronics seen during the show aren't are real dinosaurs, since dinosaurs are [[Series/BarneyAndFriends supposed to sing.]] Judging from the masses' reaction, many of the other children may have had similar beliefs.

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* ItsPersonal: The writer team initially cared about making a book for profit. However, they care very deeply about the changes made to their book. Bart chastises the team for caring about the book, but he becomes personally invested when hes told that the war was turned into a dance competition.

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* PteroSoarer: The ''Pteranodon'' at the dinosaur show, whilst lacking pycnofibres, has a pteroid bone.


* BittersweetEnding: The literary industry is still a hellhole, but Homer's team have won a victory that is meaningful to them.

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* BittersweetEnding: The literary industry is still a hellhole, but Homer's team have won a victory that is meaningful to them.them... except that Neil Gaiman steals the credit for their story.


* ChekhovsCharacter: Lisa's disillusionment sets up the episode's premise, after which the protagonists (and viewers) dismiss her as insignificant. Then she plays a vital role in resolving things at the end.


* ADegreeInUseless: Literature majors are so desperate to make a living that they have to work for soulless executives who don't give them autonomy or credit.



* BittersweetEnding: The literary industry is still a hellhole, but Homer's team have won a victory that is meaningful to them.



** When Marge tries to defend the books by saying Lisa still liked the stories when she read them, Lisa points out that Betty Crocker was never a real person but an invention of men in the 20's. Marge pretends not to be hurt and chastises Lisa for lashing out at her in her state of bitterness, but then goes outside and empties all her Betty Crockers in the trash.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Neil Gaiman. First he betrays the crew by taking sole credit for the book and its success, and then he poisons his co-conspirator Moe. And it's heavily implied that this is what he has done for every single book ever published under his name.

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** When Marge tries to defend the books by saying Lisa still liked the stories when she read them, Lisa points out that Betty Crocker was never a real person but an invention of men in the 20's. Marge pretends not to be hurt and chastises Lisa for lashing out at her in her state of bitterness, Lisa, but then goes outside and empties all her Betty Crockers Crocker goods in the trash.
* CapitalismIsBad: Zigzagged. The villains are faceless corporations that run literary sweatshops, but Homer's team of profit-motivated entrepreneurs are portrayed as heroic opposition to the above.
* ChekhovsCharacter: Lisa's disillusionment sets up the episode's premise, after which the protagonists (and viewers) dismiss her as insignificant. Then she plays a vital role in resolving things at the end.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Neil Gaiman. First he betrays the crew by taking sole credit for the book and its success, and then he poisons his co-conspirator Moe. co-conspirator. And it's heavily implied that this is what he has done for every single book ever published under his name.name.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: When Moe is accused by kids of being a troll, he pricks his finger to show them that he bleeds red like an ordinary human. The blood that comes out is green. At which point Moe desperately insists that it ''turns'' red eventually.



* ExtranormalInstitute: Discussed; Seymour concludes that the trope has been so successful because children can relate to a school setting. The 'magic' aspect, however, is necessary because it makes the trope more interesting than schools in real life.



* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: When Lisa crushes Marge's blissful delusions to deal with "T.R Francis" having done the same thing to hers.
-->'''Marge:''' I know you're hurting, but that's no reason to lash out at me!



* TakeThatUs: It's unclear which type of author (as presented in the show) the ''Simpsons'' writers identify with, but both types are decidedly flawed.



* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: After it's revealed to the viewers that the company published the original book instead of the vampire-themed version, Lisa explains how it happened. Knowing the crew would fail without the Executive's computer password to allow them to send the book's original version to the printing machines, she pretended to betray them so the Executive would trust her with the password and she would insert the pendrive with the original book instead of the one with the vampire story. Then she sees Neil Gaiman credited as the author instead of her and the next scene features Gaiman commenting that Lisa never thought there might be ''three'' pendrives.

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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: After it's revealed to the viewers that the company published the original book instead of the vampire-themed version, Lisa explains how it happened. Knowing the crew would fail without the Executive's computer password to allow them to send the book's original version to the printing machines, she pretended to betray them so the Executive would trust her with the password and she would insert the pendrive with the original book instead of the one with the vampire story. Then she sees Neil Gaiman credited as the author instead of her and the next scene features Gaiman commenting that Lisa never thought there might be ''three'' pendrives.pendrives.
* WhamLine: An in-universe example. The first ''Underbridge Academy'' book ends with the heroes receiving a message that says; "Your parents are still alive."
* WildCard: Ultimately, the conflict between authors and "big money" is decided by Lisa, who had been a neutral party up until them.

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* SpecialGuest: Creator/NeilGaiman AsHimself, and Creator/AndyGarcia as Slick.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The publishers go out of their way to stop the crew from getting their book published as they intended it to be. It turns out, the people of Springfield love ''Underbridge Academy'', and its publication is a success for the authors both financially and emotionally. (Though ''Underbridge'' is portrayed as original in comparison to its vampire version.)

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