Today our reporters uncovered an interesting trend in the somewhat chaotic world of Spoof writing for a leading satirical website.
A popular (although by no means the best) Spoof writer for satirical website TheSpoof.com told us exclusively that following an exchange of emails with an influential figure, he had agreed to desist from writing stories about teen celebrities in order to basically garner cheap points under false pretences.
The writer informed us that this choice was in no way made under any shape or form of editorial or administrative pressure. It is purely a personal choice.
The writer went on to say:
"I've had stories published by the editor which I know will just rack up hits. But basically it's just a cheap shot, because the kids who Google these stories aren't getting what they anticipated.
"In essence, it's cheating. It's me attracting people with headlines which are totally misleading. These kids are logging on to these stories about their idols and finding that they're not quite what they expected."
Our research shows that stories about Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, the whole 'Twilight' thing, Lindsay Lohan, Vanessa Hudgens, and you know the rest, rack up the hits but don't necessarily reflect any kind of writing or humour based talent.
The writer we spoke to tended to agree with writers who wouldn't touch this kind of thing with a stick, but found himself corrupted by the lure of points.
Skoob1999 told us:
"I've been doing a thing in the magazine section of the Spoof, it's a horror serial about inbred mutant hoody zombies and stuff. It's never going to get me 8,000 hits in a day, but the feedback I get from it is infinitely more rewarding with its 38 views than some crock of crap about Rob Pattinson that gets thousands of hits. I wouldn't even know Robert Pattinson if I passed him in the street."
So we asked Skoob1999 if that was it, and he'd never post any more Robert Pattinson stories?
He told us:
"I'll probably slide right down the ratings chart, but at least I'll be being true to myself and true to the people who read my stuff."
More as we get it.