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July 15, 2010

I write like everybody in the whole world, ever

I succumbed to the I Write Like fad that’s going around at the moment, and tried pasting in various bits from a project I’m tinkering with.  Apparently my style is rather uneven, since I was told from successive fragments that I write like Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Kind, Chuck Palahniuk, Vladimir Nabokov and James Joyce.

Most awesome of all, however, was when I pasted in one of the articles on F# pattern matching, and was told that it was a dead ringer for… Dan Brown.  Yes.  That Dan Brown.

I am not sure whether this says more about my writing style, or about Dan Brown’s.

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I got Dan Brown after getting the 'I write like' page to look at a list of things I had done over a weekend.

A hurriedly written bullet-pointed list.

Posted by: Sam at Jul 15, 2010 12:15:21 PM

Oh dear god...I pasted some content from my website and got the Dan Brown result too! I have a sneaky feeling I've just been insulted...

Posted by: Dany at Jul 15, 2010 12:17:48 PM

Oh dear god...I pasted some content from my website and got the Dan Brown result too! I have a sneaky feeling I've just been insulted...

Posted by: Dany at Jul 15, 2010 12:17:48 PM

Whoever wrote that thing has a deeply puckish sense of humour. I pasted in one of the LightSpeed code generation templates and quick as flash it came back, "H P Lovecraft."

Posted by: Ivan at Jul 15, 2010 12:32:02 PM

I suspect my writing is most comparable to that whole infinite number of monkeys and infinite number of typewriters wossname.

Posted by: housemonkey at Jul 15, 2010 2:07:59 PM

I suspect my writing is most comparable to that whole infinite number of monkeys and infinite number of typewriters wossname.

Posted by: housemonkey at Jul 15, 2010 2:07:59 PM

A meme? Welcome to the unwashed masses. Try the veal.

Posted by: alasdair sinclair at Jul 15, 2010 8:05:11 PM

David Foster Wallace came up consistently from my blog snippets. I've never heard of him but this made me laugh: http://www.kottke.org/09/03/growing-sentences-with-david-foster-wallace

Posted by: James Newton-King at Jul 15, 2010 11:28:18 PM

Fascinating.

A couple of Warpstone pieces ('St. Olaf's Shrine' and 'Norse Trolls') both came out as James Joyce. Two other Warpstone articles gave me David Foster Wallace ('Vindell's Folly') and George Orwell ('A Feast of Blood')

Four NPCs I wrote for 'Dragon Warriors: Friends or Foes' yielded an Ursula K. le Guin, a Chuck Palahnuik and two Jonathan Swifts.

Perhaps the most curious result was from a cut-up using 'Return to Peyton Place', which gave Margaret Mitchell who apparently wrote 'Gone with the Wind'. I now have to buy a copy to cut-up and see what happens. "Frankly, my dear with enough courage I'm very drunk and don't call me sugar!" (OK, I cheated and used quotes from the movie.)

Posted by: Robin at Jul 16, 2010 7:38:53 AM

Apparently I am a fusion of Charles Dickens, Anne Rice and James Joyce. I don't think that's good.

Posted by: Cath at Aug 7, 2010 10:23:53 PM

I got Kurt Vonnegut and Lewis Carroll. I'd better stop before I get someone I haven't read.

Posted by: susan at Aug 9, 2010 2:07:28 AM