Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This Post Will Not Be A Long One

Lest I drive any more of you away by posting a third long winded post I will keep this one much briefer.  Cooper has this groovy thing over at his place which allows you to plug in a writing sample to determine which famous author your style most closely resembles.  Of course, I had to try it.

First I analyzed yesterday's post.  I got this result.

I write like
William Gibson
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Ok, I never read him but kitchen and bathroom remodeling as sci-fi?  I guess I can see that.

Next I analyzed the post about Calypso's birthday.  Here was the result for that.

I write like
Dan Brown
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

A child's birthday as a conspiracy theory, hhmm....  Maybe all the confetti in the pinata really contained the code to unlock the secrets of the Mayan long count calendar.

 Moving on, I plugged in the post about my developing appreciation for baseball.  I was told...

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I haven't even read him but because a couple of folks who have given me great book suggestions in the past have liked him he's on my to read list.

Nothing so far was resonating with me so I ran the post about Charles Schulz personally responding to my little brother's stack of drawings he set to the cartoonist.  I got this head scratching result.

I write like
Stephen King
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Good grief!  I could maybe understand that if I wrote about an interaction with the Cyanide & Happiness cartoonist but Peanuts???

All this leads me to believe either I am a very versatile writer or completely schizophrenic.  I think I'll go with versatile.


Mona said...

wow! so many writers rolled into one!

Versatile I would say!

Beach Bum said...

I did the same and came up with several different people myself. One was Jack London which for some reason I thought was funny. I wonder if anyone hit on Hemingway?

Cocotte said...

That is very interesting! If any bloggers turn out to be like David Sedaris, please let me know!

Cricket said...

Hm. An interesting game. I got Nabokov, David Foster Wallace, Cory Doctorow, and James Joyce.

Whatever that means. Fun, though.

Eric Alder said...

This was the results of my experiment: I Write Like

Jazz said...

I did that and came up with Dan Brown. I kept it under wraps. Not something I'd be proud to post...

Suldog said...

I got 3 Stephen King's, a Cory Doctorow, and a Chuck Pahlahniuk.

As long as I didn't get a Hitler, I guess it's OK.

Suldog said...

I tried an experiment. I took ten quotations from Kurt Vonnegut and put them in the analyzer. It turns out Kurt Vonnegut writes like Dan Brown. I don't think I trust the analyzer as much as I did before the experiment :-)

Craig said...

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm schizophrenic
And so am I. . .

Anonymous said...

thought you said it wouldn't be a long one....(nudge, nudge, grin, grin, wink, wink...say no more)

Ananda girl said...

I have not tried it yet... but I am on my way.

BTW I love, love, love Chuck Pahlahniuk! What an interesting selection of subject offerings he has. If you have not read him... check him out.

Ananda girl said...

Okay, I'm done. I submitted 4 of my blurbs and scored 2 Cory Doctorow, though I have never read any, 1 Chuck Pahlahniuk... who I adore, and a James Joyce. That last one mystifies me!

Craig said...

OK, OK, I sent several of my blog posts thru this (it is addictive, isn't it?), and came up with, among others,

James Fenimore Cooper
Ian Fleming
David Foster Wallace
James Joyce
Stephen King
Anne Rice

And, for my colonoscopy post -

William Shakespeare

I am not making this up. How they get 'Shakespeare' from 'colonoscopy' is, to say the least, deeply mysterious to me. . .

G-Man said...

All you guys are wayyyy too literary for me...:P

Cricket said...

Just a follow-up on my own experiments:

I was pleased to find that Nabokov writes like Nabokov and Joyce like Joyce. Good to know.

Apparently, Suldog also writes like William Gibson.

David Foster Wallace writes like Margaret Mitchell. Well, maybe...

George Orwell writes like Cory Doctorow. Who knew?

e.e. cummings, Thomas Merton, and Saint Paul all write like H.P. Lovecraft.

Mother Teresa writes like Stephen King.

Curiouser and curiouser.

lime said...

vonnegut writes like dan brown

colonoscopies sound like shakespeare

and mother theresa writes like stephen king???

this all feels like a lewis carrol stpry!

Jocelyn said...

That is too fun. But being told one writes like Dan Brown is a pretty significant insult. Feh.