Mighty Red Pen

I write like . . . Dan Brown


In a thorough analysis by the computer algorithm hard at work over at I Write Like, yesterday’s post here at MRP was said to be written in the style of Cory Doctorow. Do I sound like a total Philistine if I say this is an author with whom I’m totally unfamiliar, despite the fact that he’s apparently a great influence on my style of writing?

The fact that this post was deemed by I Write Like to be written in the style of Dan Brown caused Mister MRP to hoot out loud (no disrespect to Dan Brown). I, on the other hand, take it only to mean that MRP’s style is easily accessible to and popular with thousands and thousands of people. Or something like that.

I feel slightly redeemed (again, no disrespect to Dan Brown) by the fact that this post was deemed to be written in the style of Vladimir Nabokov, who is actually mentioned in the post.

So there you have it.

Dave Itzkoff at the New York Times and Christopher Shea at the Boston Globe both have at I Write Like, which also finds that they both write like Dan Brown (Shea subjects his own work, and a smart-aleck commenter of Itzkoff’s puts his article through IWL for him). Coincidence or just keeping good company?