I Write Like…

George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, and Chuck Palahniuk, according to this funny online tool called “I Write Like.”

Actually, what I did was, I fed into the “I Write Like” analyzer the first five chapters of my Mirror novel, one at a time, and got these five different authors. I recognized Orwell, Clarke, and Asimov, but had no clue who Le Guin or Palahniuk were, so I wiki’d them. Considering my story is dystopian/science fiction, the results are pretty accurate for the content.

Chapter One: George Orwell

George Orwell

English writer best known for the novels 1984 and Animal Farm.

The opening of George Orwell’s 1984:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the class doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

I’m not going to give any spoilers on my novel, but the first paragraph won’t hurt:

A dark and sweltering city, where light shined from only one cluster of buildings: the chief luminosity came from a circular structure of steel and glass, rising twenty-two stories into the sky. On the roof was a grid of solar panels that, in the daytime, rotated to the Sun. Inside the structure, a maze of plants freshened and purified the air. The building, like most around it, was completely sustainable, running on its own power grid, producing not a breath of carbon dioxide. It was, in every sense of the word, environmental.

(Note: I used the entire chapter for the analysis, not just this paragraph. If I just enter this paragraph, it gives Arthur C. Clarke, whom I match for my second chapter.)

Not the clearest comparison, but at least the subject matters are somewhat similar.

Chapter Two: Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. ClarkeEnglish science fiction writer best known for the novels Childhood’s End and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Also, I should mention that of the five authors, Orwell is the only one I’ve actually read. Being a sci-fi person, I’ve obviously heard of Clarke and Asimov, but am not familiar with them.

An excerpt from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Clarke:

Bowman was already up, pouring himself some coffee from the dispenser, when Poole greeted him with a rather worried “good morning.” After all these months in space, they still thought in terms of the normal twenty-four-hour cycle – though they had long since forgotten the days of the week.

Now an excerpt from my novel’s chapter 2:

Spek left the room in disgust. As he walked out into the unlit night street a lash of warm air caught him for a moment before he started walking again. It was a hotter March than ever. Global warming. It reminded him of the difficulty in modeling the weather, of adding in all the cycles, inputs, and outputs. And how chaotic it was: if there was one wrong piece of data in one frame of the simulation, it would cause the next frame to be wrong as well, causing eventually the entire simulation to fail.

Note: I’m trying to pick passages of similarity.

Chapter Three: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le GuinAmerican author notable in fantasy and science fiction, known for the two universes of the Hainish Cycle and Earthsea.

Based on what I saw find online, I couldn’t find a matching excerpt, so I’ll just insert a paragraph from A Wizard of Earthsea:

The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards. From the towns in its high valleys and the ports on its dark narrow bays many a Gontishman has gone forth to serve the Lords of the Archipelago in their cities as wizard or mage, or, looking for adventure, to wander working magic from isle to isle of all Earthsea. Of these some say the greatest, and surely the greatest voyager, was the man called Sparrowhawk, who in his day became both dragonlord and Archmage. His life is told of in the Deed of Ged and in many songs, but this is a tale of the time before his fame, before the songs were made.

Excerpt from my novel’s chapter 3:

An asteroid collision sixty-five million years ago shuffled the gene pool, wiping out the great beasts who had clawed their way to the top, and leaving behind a new competition for survival. But this time, there was to be no competition to determine which species would succeed the human. There would be no other species. Maybe a few microbes, he thought. But that was it. Nothing capable of intelligence.

Chapter Four: Isaac Asimov

Isaac AsimovA prolific American writer considered a master of science fiction, and most known for the Foundation series.

From Wikipedia: “One of the most common impressions of Asimov’s fiction work is that his writing style is extremely unornamented.”

An excerpt from Asimov’s short story “The Last Question”:

The energy of the sun was stored, converted, and utilized directly on a planet-wide scale. All Earth turned off its burning coal, its fissioning uranium, and flipped the switch that connected all of it to a small station, one mile in diameter, circling the Earth at half the distance of the Moon. All Earth ran by invisible beams of sunpower.

As usual, from Mirror, this time chapter 4:

Almost as soon as she put the thermometer in place, the level began to rise. 26, 27, 28 within seconds. Unbelievably, the temperature was increasing.

That wasn’t due to the sun, in case you were wondering.

Chapter Five: Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck PalahniukAmerican; Wikipedia describes him as a journalist and “transgressional fiction novelist.” Turns out that this genre is the one in which a character feels confined by social expectations and breaks out of them. His writing style is also described on that page as “minimalist.” Known for the novel Fight Club, which was made into a famous film.

From Fight Club:

And this is how Tyler was free to start a fight club every night of the week. After this there were seven fight clubs, and after that there were fifteen fight clubs, and after that, there were twenty-three fight clubs, and Tyler wanted more. There was always money coming in.

And chapter 5:

He saw, as it passed overhead, a dark, high-flying bird that didn’t flap its wings. The sound was loudest as the bird passed overhead. And then it became quieter and quieter, until it was gone. A strange sight—but strange things happened every day. He continued rowing.

And the Winner Is… George Orwell

If I analyze the five chapters together, the result is George Orwell. Clarity for the win!

Other Matches, According to “I Write Like”

  • The essay in my previous blog post, “Do Androids Dream of Science Fiction?,” matches the writing style of H. P. Lovecraft.
  • My IB Theory of Knowledge essay matches H. P. Lovecraft. Hmm, it seems my nonfiction writing matches him a lot, even though I have never read anything by him.
  • The “Plot Similarities in Blizzard Games” post matches Arthur C. Clarke again.
  • The play Lewis’s Adventures in Wonderland (or at least, the 50% of it that I have so far written) unsurprisingly matches Lewis Carroll.
  • My review of Toy Story 3 matches… H. P. Lovecraft. Again?
  • A spoof of Othello (Shakespeare) written in the style of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead matches James Joyce. What?!
  • The essay “Video Game Physics: A Case Study on the Falcon Punch” matches Ursula K. Le Guin again.
  • The post about my novel matches Dan Brown.

Next I just need to add some wit and get Oscar Wilde.

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