The L.A. Times book blog, Jacket Copy, had a fun item yesterday afternoon about a new website called I Write Like. Just pop in a paragraph or two of your own text (no tweets, please), and your copy will be run through a database and compared to that of famous writers.
Sounds like fun, right? It is. I’m thinking it’s not very accurate, though. I have a blunt, conversational writing style that never changes much, whether I’m writing an email, a review, or a blog entry, yet every single example I put in came up with a different comparison. When I inserted a review of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the site said I wrote like H.P. Lovecraft. A piece lamenting the publication of bad book sequels? Stephen King. And a review of Kitty Kelley’s Oprah biography apparently recalls none other than Vladmir Nabokov.
Go ahead, try it. Who do you write like? (P.S. This blog entry=Nabokov again!)