Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I write like . . .
Distracting me from the 1,000 things I should be doing today is the "I Write Like" game. (It's overtaken the bookish/writerly corners of Twitter, too.)
According to the game, this very blog is pretty consistently Dan Brown. (Despite the fact that I'm pretty sure I've never mentioned Knights Templar, Masons, Symbologists, or Mickey Mouse watches with great sentimental value.)
Sections of my YA novel are the following: Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, more Dan Brown, Kurt Vonnegut, and Oscar Wilde. Hmm. Three contiguous paragraphs went to: Wilde, then Vonnegut, then King. Ummm, okay?
Then I wondered, How accurate is this thing? I tested it on an excerpt of Slaughterhouse-Five, and it very correctly said Kurt Vonnegut. The prologue to Romeo and Juliet, however, went to James Fenimore Cooper. Strangely enough, the Knight's Tale from Canterbury Tales got William Shakespeare. A passage from The Bell Jar? Written like Stephen King. Grain of salt, taken.
Anyway, it's really fun to play around with. Warning: don't start using it unless you have some time on your hands--it's kind of addictive.
*Update* I've been working on my new WIP tonight, and I tested it during a break. It's like Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and Stephanie Meyer. How's that for jacket copy?
(Clearly, I'm not taking this seriously.)