Yes, grammatically, the title of this post should be “Whom do you write like?”
I thought this little widget is interesting, though I have no idea how accurate it is.
Copy a couple of paragraphs from your writing, paste them into the text box on this page, and the “I Write Like” site will tell you what famous author you write like.
According to these guys, I write like Cory Doctorow. I don’t know what to think about that, as I’ve never read his work. I do know I wasn’t a big fan of his dad’s novel, Ragtime.
So, hooray, Cory Doctorow.
Anyway, who do you write like?
At the time of this writing, I’ve read the prologue to Call It Sleep by Henry Roth. The prologue is about 10 pages, and it almost made me cry.
Of course, had I cried I would have cried manly, Chuck Norris tears, but that’s neither here nor there.
So to say that Call It Sleep starts strong is an understatement. The book details a family of Jewish immigrants and their experiences in New York city in the early 1900s. In just the prologue, Roth conveys the sense of isolation and “foreignness” that these immigrants must have felt in “The Golden Land” of New York.
Anyway, here are some facts about Call It Sleep and its author, Henry Roth:
Science fiction and I have a checkered past. I really despised Neuromancer. Snow Crash wasn’t much better. After those two books, I thought I was done with this genre. But I was sorely mistaken.
Enter Ubik by Philip K. Dick. (Sidenote: I’m even more leery of my search terms after writing about an author with the last name “Dick.”)
I’m prepared to hate science fiction even more. I honestly know zero about this book going in, but here are a few facts about Ubik and its author, Philip K. Dick.
I now begin a 700 page novel. I don’t know if I’m ready for this.
The Sot-Weed Factor is a “satirical epic” written by John Barth. It tells the story of Ebenezer Cooke, a poet laureate, on his travels from London to colonial Maryland in the late 1600s.
A few quick facts about The Sot-Weed Factor and John Barth:
Let’s get this out of the way:
I have no idea who Henry Green is, and I have never heard of his novel, Loving.
What kind of a name is Loving for a novel anyway? Was Seeing or Being or Doing unavailable? Maybe I’ll understand soon enough.
To help me, and maybe you, get started figuring out what the fuss is about Loving and Henry Green, let’s look at some quick facts about the novel:
I’ve never read A Passage To India. But, after reading the premise of the novel, it sounds like what you might get if you moved the plot of To Kill A Mockingbird to India.
An Englishwoman accuses a well-respected Indian doctor of assaulting her, and all hell breaks loose. The racial tension between the English, who have recently occupied India, and the Indian residents.
Sounds like an intriguing book.
Here are some quick facts about A Passage To India and E.M. Forster:
Well, this one sounds like another real pick-me-up.
The title says it all. And we’re not talking about a third cousin or distant aunt in the family. We’re talking about a young 36-year-old father with two children and a young wife.
That’s not a spoiler. It’s the premise of the entire novel–and the event around which all the other events in the story orbit.
So what of A Death In The Family and its author, James Agee? Some quick facts:
All The King’s Men is one of those novels that has always lurked in the background of my reading list.
I’ve heard great things about it. I’ve known it as a political novel that’s highly regarded, and I’ve always wanted to read it.
Now’s that time! Honestly, the majority of my familiarity with this book comes from the Academy Award winning 1949 film.
Here are a few quick facts about All The King’s Men and its author, Robert Penn Warren.
Love Philip Roth. Loved American Pastoral.
Portnoy’s Complaint? I have no idea.
The only thing I’m sure of is that this book has been called controversial. And explicit. And lewd. Here’s how the Wikipedia literary experts describe it:
“Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) is the American novel that turned its author Philip Roth into a major celebrity, sparking a storm of controversy over its explicit and candid treatment of sexuality.”
Oh, wonderful. One of those novels.
Like I said, I really loved American Pastoral, so I’ll be interested to see how this one differs, as it was Roth’s big breakthrough novel.
Sexuality aside, the setup is unique: It’s a continuous monologue from the protagonist, Alex Portnoy, as he meets with his therapist.
Here’s a few quick facts about Portnoy’s Complaint and Philip Roth: