Keep Calm and Write On
Style or Substance?
byon July 13th, 2010 at 06:10 PM (699 Views)
I write like H. P. Lovecraft. Proof: [URL]http://iwl.me/s/147eabd8[/URL]
That is, according to the I Write Like website, which analysed my word choice and writing style, and compared it to those of famous writers.
Since the text analysed was [I]Dream a Little Dream - [/I]a women's fiction romance about weddings, retro style, and making your own way in the world, I'm not sure [I]quite [/I]how accurate we can take this as being... After all, there isn't a single mention of Fish Men in the whole book.
[LEFT]But more interestingly, other books provided startlingly different results. [/LEFT]
[LEFT][I]An A to Z of Love, [/I]a romance about family, and scandal, and fish, is apparently more like Dan Brown. ([I]Not [/I]particularly flattering...)[/LEFT]
[LEFT][I]Sea Fever, [/I]on the other hand, which is actually about Fish Men, in a way - a YA paranormal murder mystery featuring Selkies - is compared to Stephen King.[/LEFT]
[LEFT]It's a shame that the site doesn't give more information about how these decisions are calibrated. I tested it with different text from the same books, in different orders, but the results were consistent. [/LEFT]
[LEFT]At the very least, I suppose it shows that each book has its own style, and tone, as befits the story it is telling. And I'm happy with that. Although, I do wonder if all of H P Lovecraft's books would actually score the author himself on comparison...[/LEFT]