One running gag that Bachelder uses in satire of Sinclair is playing with his excessive use of the exclamation point. The exclamation point appears in the title itself, just as it appears in the title of Sinclair books like Oil!, and is also mentioned countless times by characters in the novel. To top it off, on one page the author places all 1539 exclamation points from Oil! in a box on one page. Since my parody is a music video, there are no exclamation points to parody--OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" video doesn't have subtitles. However, the exclamation point is representative of something that certainly is present in music videos: excessive emotion. Therefore, I can imitate the impassioned facial expressions and intense vocals that are so familiar in music videos.
A second way Bachelder pokes fun at Sinclair is by having a chapter of jokes that are told about him. The idea is that Sinclair is so well known for constantly being shot and for writing such bad novels that these traits can be incorporated into jokes about him (the one about the genie is particularly funny.) Since there is nothing too widely familiar about carp, I can't exactly make fun of any of their well known traits. However, the song I am parodying is familiar enough that I can manage some humor by subverting some of it's most famous lines. Rather than saying "hope is a four-letter word," for example, I say "carp is a four-letter word."
Third, he emphasizes the futility of Sinclair's attempts to get his socialist message across, both in the way he lists off the incredible number of poorly received novels he's penned, and in the way he includes letters Sinclair writes to try to get the attention of people like Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the NFL commissioner. The impression of the more and more desperate attempts to convey his message seems to lampoon not only Sinclair, who seems to be beating a dead horse, but also the people to continue to ignore his fairly simple advice, which would probably help a great deal of people. I try to convey a similar sense of futile urgency in my music video, as I repeatedly say "no more eating [insert popular 2-syllable food fish], we'll be eating carp." The repetition in the song reflects the fact that researchers have been calling for us to eat invasive Asian carp for years, but it still hasn't happened, just as Sinclair has tried to hard to promote socialism, with so little success.