The Simpsons, Season 23: Episode 6: “The Book Job”
(Watch it temporarily on Hulu here)
In this spoof of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, Homer, Bart, and a gang of Springfieldians plot to “gang-write” the next tween fantasy publishing sensation so that they can strike it rich. Featuring guest voices of Neil Gaiman and Andy Garcia, this episode layers laugh-out-loud YA lit references on top of the familiar heist setup from Hollywood. In an all-too-real subplot, Lisa Simpson endeavors to write her own novel, but can’t get past the procrastination temptations of online word games and CD re-organization (NaNoWriMo much?) This episode should be required viewing for anyone involved in YA lit who likes to laugh. Two thumbs up!
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Homer: (After finishing writing the book) I just hope we put in enough steampunk…whatever that is.