I'm reposting a short write from January, 2010. It's about the Simpsons and Under The Dome. Why? Becuase I can't believe there's still web chatter about this.
This annoys because it calls into question Kings integrity. Plagiarism is a bad word. What is right under the surface of this kind of argument is the notion that King is out of ideas; he is now turning to the Simpsons for material. So both the Simpsons and Under The Dome had a Dome -- might I point out that Old Yeller and Cujo both have a rabid dog?
If King is looking to the Simpsons to steal stuff, then wouldn't he be ripping from the Halloween episodes? Truth is, the Simpsons have often spoofed King's ideas.
Anyway, here's the orginal post:
STEPHEN KING AND THE SIMPSONS, 1
shhhh, quiet. I have to confess -- I like the Simpsons. Okay, so most Stephen King fans won't care if I like the Simpsons. But, from the conservative circles I move in, the Simpsons do not smack of family values..
As a kid my father and I bonded over the Simpsons. That was before we got the memo they were bad. Now my wife makes me watch it when the kids are in bed..
Mix Stephen King with the Siimpsons. . . I'm in heaven..
Now, before I do the post I was thinking about -- connections between King and the Simpsons, let's deal with this stupid question: Didn't King Steal Under The Dome From The Simpsons?.
As for all the complaining that Under the Dome is a rip-off of the Simpsons Movie, that is just people who either didn't see the movie or didn't read the book; they are not the same!
First of all, the dome on the Simpsons is visible. ha!.
Second, the Simpsons are able to dig under the dome. (Remember Maggie?).
Third, Holmer is able to ride a bike on the wall of the dome. I don't see Big Jim trying that..
Fourth, cities characters are different. Reverend Lovejoy is nothing like Lester Coggins. nor is Krusty anything like Pennywise. well, actually....
So all of that is lame, I admit. Here's a better set of answers:.
1. King gave his word he did not steal the idea from the Simpsons. He's got a good track record of honestly telling us where his ideas come from. He said his idea for a dome came when he pictured a news conference where all looked normal until someone reached out and tapped on mid-air..
2. King proved it when he released the Cannibals. The main ideas for inner conflict with people locked into a situation were already present in that draft, which came long before the Simpsons..
conclusion: The Simpsons should be paying royalties to Stephen King. So there.