Meyer: (talking about The Simpsons fans) I find it intoxicating. I like that people are patterning their lives after our little fictional world. Even the nonfanatical fans have a weird relationship with the show. They want it to be like a dollhouse, and they're enormously proprietary. When we've tried to change too much, they've gotten very upset with us. After we killed off Maude Flanders, people were in an uproar. They feel like these characters belong to them. I can understand that, but at the same time, as a writer you sometimes feel the need to shake things up.