Fuzzy sent me this link : http://iwl.me/. It’s to a site that analyzes original text you enter, and tells you which famous author’s writing style yours most resembles.
Attempt #1: I copied a post from this blog and put it in as a sample of my writing.
The result mostly made me feel like this: ??!!
Ridiculously flattering, but also just ..ridiculous.
So I decided to submit several more entries and here are the results:
#1 most frequent:
David Foster Wallace.
I have no comment, never having read his work. But here’s what wiki had to say about the man:
“Wallace’s first novel, 1987’s The Broom of the System, garnered national attention and critical praise. Caryn James of The New York Times called it a successful “manic, human, flawed extravaganza,” “emerging straight from the excessive tradition of Stanley Elkin’s Franchiser, Thomas Pynchon’s V., John Irving’s World According to Garp.” Wallace moved to Boston, Massachusetts, for graduate school in philosophy at Harvard University, but soon abandoned it. In 1991 he began teaching literature as an adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston.
In 1992, at the behest of colleague and supporter Steven Moore, Wallace applied for and won a position in the English department at Illinois State University. He had begun work on his second novel, Infinite Jest, in 1991, and submitted a draft to his editor in December 1993.
In 1997, Wallace received a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, awarded by editors of The Paris Review for one of the stories in Brief Interviews—”Brief Interviews with Hideous Men #6″—which had appeared in the magazine.
Wallace’s fiction is often concerned with irony. His essay “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”, originally published in the small-circulation Review of Contemporary Fiction in 1993, proposes that television has an ironic influence on fiction writing, and urges literary authors to eschew irony. Wallace used many forms of irony, focusing on individuals’ continued longing for earnest, unself-conscious experience, and communication in a media-saturated society.”
The description of his life and writing style alone make me want to read his work.
@2nd most frequent:
Again , sadly, I have not read his work, although I have been meaning to read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man for years. Maybe I will, now.
“..was an Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Along with Marcel Proust, Italo Svevo, Franz Kafka, and others, Joyce was a key figure in the development of the modernist novel. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922). Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939).
Joyce’s work has been subject to intense scrutiny by scholars of all types. He has also been an important influence on writers and scholars as diverse as Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Flann O’Brien, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Salman Rushdie, Robert Anton Wilson, John Updike, and Joseph Campbell. Ulysses has been called “a demonstration and summation of the entire [Modernist] movement”.
Joyce’s influence is also evident in fields other than literature. The phrase “Three Quarks for Muster Mark” in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake is often called the source of the physicists’ word “quark“, the name of one of the main kinds of elementary particles, proposed by the physicist Murray Gell-Mann. The French philosopher Jacques Derrida has written a book on the use of language in Ulysses, and the American philosopher Donald Davidson has written similarly on Finnegans Wake in comparison with Lewis Carroll. Psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan used Joyce’s writings to explain his concept of the sinthome. According to Lacan, Joyce’s writing is the supplementary cord which kept Joyce from psychosis.
The work and life of Joyce is celebrated annually on 16 June, Bloomsday, in Dublin and in an increasing number of cities worldwide.
In 1999, Time Magazine named Joyce one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, and stated; “Joyce … revolutionized 20th century fiction”. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Ulysses No. 1, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man No. 3, and Finnegans Wake No. 77, on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. .”
Other results : Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Brown, Oscar Wilde, Raymon Chandler and Vladimir Nabokov.
So, while I wont comment on its accuracy ( because I don’t have any terribly nice things to say about it), the analyzer is definitely fun. So try it out and be sure to leave us a comment with your results.