Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

For those who have long harbored literary pretensions but somehow missed out on the halfhearted encouragement of a self-absorbed creative writing professor or undermining writers’ workshop, I Write Like is the ego-inflating yet slightly dismissive mentor you’ve never had. Simply plug in a block of text (the longer the better) and, through the magic of some sort of undefined analytical algorithm, you’ll soon find out which famous author’s prose style most resembles your own ramblings. Here’s a rundown of which authors various members of The A.V. Club staff supposedly write like, according to the stories we plugged in. As you can see, it’s kinda complete horseshit—and it only seems to have about a dozen or so authors in its arsenal—but it’s sort-of fun nonetheless. [HT to Vulture]

Keith Phipps: Chuck Palahniuk

Josh Modell: Stephen King

Tasha Robinson: Dan Brown

Scott Tobias: H.P. Lovecraft

Noel Murray: James Joyce

Nathan Rabin: Raymond Chandler

Genevieve Koski: Mario Puzo

Kyle Ryan: Ian Fleming

Sean O’Neal: Kurt Vonnegut


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