Remember this site that takes a sample of your writing and compares it to famous authors, then gives you the name of the author you write most like? When I first used it, I got James Joyce. At that point, I had heard of Joyce but never read his work. Now, as part of a school assignment, I'm reading one of his most famous works, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The novel tells the story of a boy named Stephen and his gradual evolution into an artist, more specifically a literary artist. Stephen's life parallels the life of Joyce himself more than slightly, with only minor differences in events.
Oddly enough, it's not too different from mine either. Stephen and I are both nonathletic intellectuals. We both struggled with Christianity at a young age, at first convinced of our eternal damnation, and then sure of salvation. We both slowly came to disregard Christianity in favor of more atheistic, or in my case agnostic, philosophies. Both of us were largely incapable of acting upon our sexual feelings once they emerged. Both of us have a fascination with writing that has evolved over time, though the book finishes with Stephen in university, further along than I am now.
The major differences come in that Stephen was born to a Catholic family in early 20th century Ireland, his family falls out of middle class and into poverty, and Stephen had a brief phase of seeing lots and lots of prostitutes when he was 16.
Still, the parallels in our lives along with the website comparing our writing styles is kind of odd.
I don't know what to put here right now.
The White Army and the Black Baron;
Are trying to force us back to the Tsar.
"These people are the poisonous leeches on an age of potential so infinite it should be glorious. But
it stands no chance, it's marred by uselessness made flesh and minds that are little more than nubile lambs, bleeting obnoxiously."
-Sophistotle"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
Originally Posted by Hank in Skype
I have a lot in common with Jon Snow.
We're both bastard children of lords, we both went into self-exile, we both had relationships with barbarian women from the north, and we both combat the supernatural terrors of the winter.
I write the same way as the guy who wrote Starship Troopers.
The similarities between us are terrifying.
I write like not only the person who wrote twilight, but the person who wrote The mafia.