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31 January 2013 @ 12:27 pm
Writing Style Meme, Part Deux  
So, a few years ago I tried out this "style analyzer", just to see what turned up. All I had to feed it was fanfiction, so why not try again and see what it thinks of my original and non-fiction, and more recent fanfiction?

I started with my Prufrock Fanfiction Poem, to see if it would ID my inspiration. No! It went with James Joyce. Though T.S. Eliot may not be in the mix, since he's primarily just poetry. Can't say whether that assessment is accurate or not. It also flagged Each The Other Man (Luther Fanfic) and Some Other Weather (original) as Joyce, so what does that mean?

For the Sci-Fi stories, I got two Arthur Clark labels (Cyber Soulmates, and Adrift) and one Isaac Asimov (Celares). No Bradbury. :( But Transfixed (original drabble) came up David Foster Wallace, and the dystopian Science And Technology Elimination Department (S.A.T.E.D.) was Stephen King. Huh.

Horror stories: two Chuck Palahniuks (Splintered, and In The Dark) and one Cory Doctorow (Don't Think, Don't Breathe). I think this would be news to Mr. Palahniuk. :O

Fable/Fantasy stories: roll the freakin' dice. Anne Rice (Doomsayer, and I've read Rice. This is wrong), H. P. Lovecraft (The Coming Of Night), Rudyard Kipling (A Tale Of Amphibian Ambition), and Robert Louis Stevenson (Strange Waters). I think the "older" language is responsible for that last one. The Supernatural Wincest Pirate AU fanfic, Galleons And Ghosties, still comes up as Stevenson, though I think it's Game Over anyway once the parser hits "pirate."

Satire and Crack: I call foul on all of these! Committee for Reworking Artistic Potential (C.R.A.P.) as Arthur Clarke (HOW?), Thar He Blows! as Dan Brown (I don't think Dan Brown writes satire on purpose), Kickin' It, Particle Style as Douglas Adams (hairtrigger reaction to "quark", I'll bet, because this is nothing like Adams), and Angels And Anklosauruses (Supernatural fanfic) as William Shakespeare. Ahahahaha! Just No.

'Serious' Non-Fiction entries: overwhelmingly David Foster Wallace (Secrets, Regrets, and All That Is Left Undone), with one Ursula K. Le Guin (In Some Distant When).

'Serious' Fiction: Stephen King for You Are Here (seriously?), Chuck Palahniuk for Another Ride On The Merry-Go-Round (both of these are second-person), and Gertrude Stein for Time It Was, And What A Time It Was. *cries* Kill me now. Stein also came up on the dialogue-heavy Just This Once (Burn Notice fanfic). :(

"Justified" fanfic: two Margaret Mitchells (When The World Fell In, and Something Like Lightning), which makes me wonder if there are any OTHER Southern writers in the database, and Raymond Chandler for When Blood Runs Black As Coal (Zombie AU). \o? Looks like that tool wasn't even the slightest bit fazed by the zombies! Wow.

Still hitting David Foster Wallace on a lot of other fanfic (Natural Affinity and The Corollary Of Concomitant Inspiration, both Iron Man slash), though the Mozzie-centric White Collar Easy-Money Mirage got Jack London (what was that about? The mention of a palm tree?) However, the opening chapter of Parables Written In Blood (Prison Break, T-Bag) got William Gibson this time, and it was Wallace two years ago, so I think they've added some authors.

There's a lot of random in all that, but it looks as if I am tagged once again with this:

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Try it out and see what you get! It's fun. :D

whipchickwhipchick on January 31st, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
It gave me a lot of variety, for sure :) The one that popped up the most was Chuck Pahlahniuk.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 31st, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to think I should read some of Palahniuk's books, to see exactly what that means.

Though again--crackfic and SHAKESPEARE! Maybe I'm giving this tool too much credit. But it's sure consistent about my overriding style...
Port: coffee and booksdesertport on February 1st, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
Interesting! Apparently the J2 AU I'm writing is in the style of Charles Dickens? And an old J2 comedy evokes Gertrude Stein. And a recent poem brings up Chuck Palahniuk (maybe the Portland influence?). Are you sure this isn't a random author generator? :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Dickens?!? Wow.

The last time I did this, 2 1/2 years ago, I got D.F. Wallace pretty relentlessly. And I still get him for a lot of fanfic, and apparently my non-fiction stuff. Honestly, the first time I thought the tool was stuck!

But I'm thinking that part of the variety might be that most of the authors write in a single genre, whereas people on LJ? Not so much!
cindy: spn - confused dean (by thereisnosp00n)tsuki_no_bara on February 1st, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
my bigbang so far, all 1700 words of it, gets me mark twain (i have no idea why), my nanonovel from last year, which is about the front lines during ww1, gets me stephen king, and my nanonovel from 2011, which is set in new york in 1919 and is ostensibly from the pov of a seven-year-old boy, gets me david foster wallace. as i've never read david foster wallace, i can't even begin to guess why the style analyzer thinks i write like him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
Mark Twain? Is it in an older setting? *grasping at straws*

Stephen King... So, clearly, it's not using simply genre keywords (except for 'pirate', I'm convinced!) I haven't really read a lot of King (I know, people will be shocked), so I don't have a good feel for his style. I kind of think I conflate his physical appearance with Garrison Keillor sometimes. :O

I've read David Foster Wallace, and I like him, but I don't know what the analyzer is flagging down there either. I'd like a dump of each analysis, actually, to see what the software was thinking!
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on February 1st, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
I've done that one before and gotten varying results. Chuck Palahniuk was one of my more consistent ones. Hm.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm starting to think I should read at least one book by him, to see what in the HECK his style actually is!

Still side-eying that "Shakespeare" label on that Crackfic. Which is exactly what it sounds like, too-- it's about angels and dinosaurs. :O
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on February 1st, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
I've only read Fight Club. It was better than the movie, and made me appreciate the movie in a way I didn't before. I keep meaning to read other stuff of his, and it never happens.

Remember how I said Splintered reminded you of something I'd write? Yeah. There you go. Apparently, it reminds that meme of it, too. Haha.

I got a few Stephen Kings, too. It doesn't surprise me because he's one of my favorite authors. Although if he's influenced my actual writing, it's probably mostly in bad ways (my tendency for my characters to bullshit a lot and not actually DO things and my aversion to writing dialect because while I love King, he is a fucking terrible dialect writer).

And yes, Shakespeare on a crackfic is a little... wha?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
Remember how I said Splintered reminded you of something I'd write? Yeah. There you go. Apparently, it reminds that meme of it, too. Haha.
There's overlap after all!

I don't get the Shakespeare thing. What on EARTH is the tool thinking? The mention of dinosaurs alone, and not a "ye" or "thee" in the whole story should have avoided that result. :O
Sallyi_smell_apples on February 1st, 2013 08:26 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hee! Is that the primary style of most of your stories?

I got him for one, which surprised me: Bedtime Story. At that point, you start analyzing your work to determine, "Why does the tool think that?!?" Actually, I just re-read that drabble, and I'm not seeing it at all!

What did you give the analyzer? Fiction? Non-fiction?
Sallyi_smell_apples on February 10th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
I gave it a whole bunch of random fiction all mixed in together :) I am a HUGE Oz fan and kind of cut my teeth with regards to online writing doing Wicked fanfic, so it was kind of like oooh I really AM emulating the style there ;)

I'm thinking words like "woodsman" and "witches" are what sparked it off!