Which Came First, Under the Dome or The Simpsons?

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Irrespective of how well Stephen King’s latest epic (I thought he retired) was received, there was an immediate backlash I had overlooked until now. In The Simpsons: The Movie, a dome is placed over Springfield due to another casual day when marine life sprout multiple eyeballs. It’s interesting to note that King has been rockin’ and rollin’ with a collaborative band for some time now, and none other than Matt Groenig is a member of that ersatz band.

This Independent article sums up the furor and explanations made in the aftermath. Wow, I was pretty unimpressed with the book, but this is much more interesting. For instance:

King may argue that “stories can be no more alike than snowflakes” as “no two human imaginations are exactly alike”, but Stephen King novels and Simpsons movies are similar in that they are big pop-culture events aimed at roughly the same sort of audience – and with such events, the concept is as important as the execution.

The Simpsons Movie came out before King’s novel, so he may have executed a shrewd move to get more attention from that “sort of audience.”

But furthermore, I must opine that King might have mentioned his story idea to Groenig, who then used much of the premise in his script. Perhaps. I guess if you told anyone to imagine a situation like that, many things would be the same. It just seems obvious there was some sharing going on, and to answer my own question, I call: Simpsons Did It.

Even if King leaked his idea, Groenig did it first, and did it better.

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10 Responses to Which Came First, Under the Dome or The Simpsons?

  1. johnnycat says:

    By the way, I’m a huge Stephen King fan. Duma Key was awesome, but Teh Dome story was just a lame attempt at recreating Needful Things.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i feel an urge to ask if you actually read the book.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Im agreeing with the other guy, along with that in his little note that he makes about how he wrote it, he says that he had started the idea fo the book some time back in the eighties, I forget exactly what year, but you should really do your research before posting something.

  4. Jv says:

    They aren’t exactly the same, but there are interesting similarities. In the movie, Ralph blows bubbles at the dome in an attempt to destroy it and the bubbles bounce back into his eyes (“Ah! Blowback!”). In the novel, a kid shoots at the dome hoping to break it, and the bullet bounces back and hits him in the eye. In both, a man declares himself “emperor” (though not explicitly in the novel. I was wondering if Stephen King and Matt Groening ever hang out as I was reading.

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