Friday, July 23, 2010

Check It. I Write Like.

If there were ever a writer who I wish I could write like, it would be Vladimir Nabokov. There's something about his lyric-like prose that was always so admirable to me, in how effortless it seemed to make everything so beautiful--even in a twisted, dark world as was Lolita. But I definitely don't think I write like Nabokov.

Actually, I apparently write like Stephen King. Or at least, that's what "I Write Like" has told me. This instant aggregator simply asks you to input a sample of text into a box, click a button and voila! It analyzes your text to tell you which author you emulate the most. I inputted an article I had written, which isn't the best way to figure out a literary style, but I'll take King, I guess.

According to the L.A. Times, getting Nabokov is an option, unfortunately for me (a girl can dream!). But you can also get Raymond Chandler, Lewis Carroll, Chuck Palahniuk, Edgar Allan Poe, Kurt Vonnegut, J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, or even Dan Brown (ew). So who do you write like? Tell us below in the comments, I'm curious!

-- Chau Tu

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  1. I tested two different short stories and I got James Joyce each time.

  2. This is Muriel. I am creepy. I write like David Foster Wallace cos I posted my personal statement for ALL the grad schools I applied to. Who is he?

  3. With one paragraph I got James Joyce, which kind of makes sense because I'm all over the place.

    But with a longer sample (4 paragraphs) I got David Foster Wallace. I don't know how to feel about that. I've never read him. #unhip