July 13th, 2010 (11:27 pm)
current mood: what
So I've been seeing this meme pop up, and I'm like sure, I'll try it. Unfortunately, I'm a horrible person, so "trying it" really means "trying to break it."
First, I snatch a few paragraphs from a short-storyish fairy tale adaptation I'm doing to unwind between urgent, time-eating summer projects. Well, during, rather, but only after ten p.m. And every other day. I get this result:
Jane Austen, okay. I have every appreciation for Jane Austen, if I would never in a million years think my pronoun-snipping, fragment style would have anything to do with hers. But we're here to break things, aren't we? So. I snatch some text from my novel in progress and I get:
James Joyce. Well, I do have a certain mad love for stream of consciousness, if I will not pretend my fantasy ramble is a fraction so experimental. Not very Jane, though, is it. Then I snag a few more paragraphs, including poetry.
Oh, now you're just being mean.
(When I added just a couple more paragraphs to the last, it claimed Stephen King. Less mean, but either I have the most inconsistent style ever, or-- well. I could.)
ETA: Shakespeare for that Music Man blog post, H. P. Lovecraft for a utilitarian paper, Chuck Palahniuk, Margaret Atwood, Mark Twain. Austen, King, Joyce have shown up more than once. What, guys, what.
ETA2: In the interests of disclosure. I also get Dan Brown more than I can be proud of. However, I tried something. For a set of paragraphs that I'd gotten Dan Brown for, I'd left some code in and an extra paragraph that was kind of a summary "abstract." I left out the abstract, removed the code, got Edgar Allen Poe. I just want to take the system apart and see how it ticks, that's all.