For fun I put some random blog entries through I Write Like, which told me I write like: Jack London, JRR Tolkien, Chuck Palahniuk (twice), Arthur Clarke (for the “Earth Advengers” post), Cory Doctorow, Gertrude Stein, Dan Brown (for the first paragraph of a review of a Peter Ackroyd novel), Ray Bradbury, David Foster Wallace (twice, once for “Keep Smiling With Great Minutes”), and HG Wells. After that, deciding that my samples must have been generally too short to give a consistent result, I tried the whole of “Imaginary Reviews” and got Isaac Asimov; a 4000 word English ghost story, set mainly at the seaside and featuring an ageing middle class woman called Elizabeth, and got Isaac Asimov again; and then “Cave & Julia” & got HG Wells again. For the whole of Empty Space I got Arthur Clarke; but for its final chapter, which ends with that memorable sentence of crawling Cosmic horror, “First she would separate Dominic the pharma from his friends, take him upstairs, and fuck him carefully to a tearful overnight understanding of the life they all led now,” I got HP Lovecraft.
Your style is Legion.
🙂 Both MP Legion & his less famous foster-brother, Reg.
That last bit made me laugh out loud!
I thank you.
What would be really scary would be to submit a big chunk of Dan Brown and be told you write like M John Harrison!
Now I’m tempted.
Asimov. That should have been obvious, no need even to submit for analysis.
But of course when you submit any famous author to any such weak and stupid analysis tool, you are almost guaranteed they will not come up as themselves…. And if you submit passages from Hemingway to the “hemingway” text analyzer, they come back splashed with yellow and red markings indicated overly complex structures not associated with the tool-designers notion of how Hemingway wrote.
So, seriously now, I just pasted the first paragraph of “The Old Man and the Sea” into “I Like Write” and who do you suppose the author was? James Joyce.
Very fine. Very satisfying indeed.