Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's like Neuromancer combined with Gone With the Wind

Saw this thing I Write Like at Trailer Park Paradise and thought it might be amusing. I don't put much stock in such things internet, and this site looks mostly like a way to generate Amazon associate links. Anyhow...
Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.
Not sure why they had to italicize those words, but anyway, I realize that I am not a real writer and that my "style," if any, tends to fluctuate rather alarmingly. So I thought it would interesting to run a bunch of different stuff through it and see what turns up.

From The Last Ancient House:

"Darker" -- Chuck Palahniuk. I had never heard of him, so I had to look him up. He's the guy who wrote Fight Club.

"Homecoming" -- Margaret Mitchell. Huh. Maybe it was the mild use of southern slang.

"Lamentry" -- David Foster Wallace. Never heard of him, either. Looked him up, and I've never heard of any of his novels.

"Nyarlathotep's Lament" -- Stephen King. Well at least I'm familiar with that one.

"Seafoam" -- Vladimir Nabokov. Oh, come on now.

"Snake Oil" -- Ray Bradbury. YEAH!!!

"The Caverns" -- Jack London. YEAH again!!!

"What Is Within You..." -- Dan Brown. Huh. The comparison is actually sort of interesting to me.

"The Owls" -- H.P. Lovecraft. AT LAST!!!

From The Hunter Chronicles:

"Welcome to My World" -- Margaret Mitchell. Again. Odd.

"Tearless" -- Raymond Chandler. THE OTHER MASTER!!!

"Changeless Since the Day She Died" -- J.D. Salinger. I'm on a roll.

"The Pretender" -- Chuck Palahniuk. Again.

"Secondhand Blood" -- William Gibson. Now that's really cool.

But like I said, I don't put much stock in these things, because it seems that Herman Melville writes like Robert Louis Stevenson. Surprisingly, Stevenson writes like Stevenson.

1 comment:

  1. Tried it with various samplings of my fragments and found out I was like James Joyce, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman.