I Am Vladimir Nabokov
Actually, I’m also James Joyce and David Foster Wallace, whoever he is.
Yes, I succumbed to the ‘I Write Like’ website that analyses your prose and tell you who you’re like in prose style. I Write Like, designed by software developers Coding Robots, lets you paste in a section of your prose and analyses your vocabulary, sentence-length and punctuation. It then compares this to a list of 40 US-centric famous writers, and comes up with the closest comparison to your style.
Only it doesn’t, not really. On the one hand, you only get compared to somebody wonderful and popular in America, so nobody turns out to be William McGonagall, and it seems you can be a load of different writers, depending on which chapter you submit for testing.
I was kind of hoping for JG Ballard, but he seems unknown in this site. So I loaded a chunk of J G Ballard text, and the software decided that he was, in actual fact, Stephen King. As it also did, apparently, for Margaret Atwood.
So much for technology replacing teachers.