My Writing Contains Multitudes
Got some time to waste on the internet? An unpublished novella or poem? How about an e-mail whose witty and lucid composition made you especially proud of yourself? Then go to I Write Like, a web page which supposedly uses an algorithm to compare your writing to a database of well-known authors.
You know I had to try this. Like, a bunch of times. Here are my results.
A passage from this review of The X-Files was pegged as being Stephen King-esque. My review of Adventureland is in the style of Charles Dickens. A paragraph about unemployment-related frustration is reminiscent of David Foster Wallace.
And then it got better! I submitted this blog entry about Skylar, and it came back, bafflingly, as Leo Tolstoy. Does that make Skylar my own personal Anna Karenina? I’ve read that book, and it was a long time ago, but I can say with certainty that there are no scenes where Anna pees on something.
Tolstoy appreciates Skylar.
Time to try my academic writing! A passage from a paper on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility came back as…Jane Austen. Hmmm. Perhaps I was quoting too much.
And then a passage from a paper on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye came back as Mary Shelley. Well…despite their differences in culture, region, era, and subject matter, they’re both Gothic, I guess.
Yeah, that’s the one I’m keeping.
Have some fun and try your own words!