I first tried it out with my story Nicky the Naughty Nurse and it told me that I write like Charles Dickens.
I then tried it out with some of my other works, including non-fiction and poetry as well as stories. It turns out I write like a lot of different authors. The author to come up most often was Anne Rice, with Cory Doctorow a close second. And I've never even heard of him. And it says that I wrote The Awful Truth in the style of Stephenie Meyer, and that is pretty awful, and I hope not the truth.
I was particularly pleased that my (soon to be published as an ebook) story Transylvanian Roulette came up as being written in the style of Bram Stoker, as that was exactly what I was aiming for.
How accurate this gadget is I don't know. I tested it by putting in three lines of the word "fuck" and it said I write like William Gibson. I'm not into cyber-punk. I've never read any William Gibson. Maybe he does write like that.
But to celebrate the apparent fact that I sometimes write like Charles Dickens, here is some Dickens fun.
My Favourite Dickens Quote
“No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart.” Little DorrittMy Favourite Dickens Joke
Paraphrased from the British comedy/variety show The Two Ronnies :
This evening we will be talking to a member of the Nude Dickens' Appreciation Society about his experiences at their recent weekend get-together. He had great expectations, but unfortunately it was a very bleak house and everybody laughed at his Little Dorritt.My Favourite Dickens-Based Porno Movie
The Passions of Carol (1975) is a very strange variation on the story of A Christmas Carol. Carol Screwge is the bitchy editor of a women's magazine who is visited by various spirits during the evening before Christmas to teach her about the consequences of exploiting people. The late Jamie Gillis played Bob Hatchet. It was directed by Shaun Costello, most famous for directing such porno nasties as Forced Entry (1973) and Water Power (1977). For more on this film check out Gore Gore Girl's insightful review.
In my first The Bounty of Boobs posting I mentioned Aisling Morgan's novel Devon Cream. She has also written a novel inspired by the work of Charles Dickens - The Old Perversity Shop (2006).
The Amazon blurb describes it thus :
Nellie Trent flees to Plymouth from the villainous debt collector, Daniel Quilty, where she tries to find a new life as a respectable shop keeper. Hampered by her abundant charms and easy virtue, she and her business slide into trouble until local squire and debaucher, John Truscott comes to her rescue. And makes an unusual suggestion – to use their store to sell specialist items for the adult trade. Soon elevated to the status of a wealthy, if not respectable, citizen, Quilty returns, bent on evil, to fight a climactic duel with Truscott.Now that I've been told I write like him, maybe it is time I tried my hand at a Dickens parody. David Cop-A-Feel anyone?
Nicky the Naughty Nurse & Lusting While Dusting
Brandy at the Lake & The Libertine : A Pirate Tale & Tired Girl & Bolt
Anita's Birthday Party & Inappropriate Behaviour
Vanessa's Island & Beach Blanket Ricquie & Ever Been Grabbed by the Personals
Anita the Collector
The Awful Truth
Glad 'e Ate 'er
King of the Crotch Operas - David F. Friedman RIP (1923-2011)