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Come on…

So I bet you’ve heard of this so-called writing analysis website. Well, I’m afraid that it’s not terribly accurate.

My sister, Elvenmaiden, whom you may know, got Tolkien as her result. I can vouch that the little poem she put in was quite lovely, but not exactly what I would call Tolkienian. And nearly every time I put in a sample, depending on the sample, I got a different result. Finally, after putting two samples from the same piece of writing (a persuasive paper on classical versus popular music) I got the same result twice in a row. Here it is:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I’ve read some Lovecraft, and his writing, frankly, is not good at all. (Sure, neither is mine, but not as bad and not in the same way). However, he’s really good at making you want to run, scream, turn on the lights, and vomit simultaneously. I do NOT recommend him-his writing is extraordinarily disgusting, not to mention containing a vile concoction of nihilistic paganism which is singularly revolting.

Anyhow, this is one of the samples I put in:

“Among all the ancient arts, perhaps none are so controversial at the moment as music. Raising high emotions everywhere, it seems that everyone has an opinion. A quick look at stereotypes will confirm this. On the one hand, there are the hip-hop fans, generally in their teens or early twenties, with very low trousers and slovenly language, the ‘tween’ girl who adores Taylor Swift and is bedecked in tight jeans and pink t-shirts, and the classical music fan of the upturned nose and the freezing glance. While none of these is particularly attractive, they all agree on one thing: music is of a strong importance in their lives. Briefly glancing at the philosophers, you would find they agree; there is Plato, who included music in his Republic, Augustine, who wept at hearing the hymns in church, and Thomas Aquinas, who stated in his Summa Theologica that music could be a preparation to contemplation of God.
Although all agree on music’s importance, one may be fairly certain that most do not consider that all kinds of music are equal, whatever they may claim. This is more obvious in the lovers of classical music, who often explicitly despise other forms of music, but it is also more subtly present in the boy or girl who is fond of popular music. “Classical is so boring,” they remark. Which are right?
In order to answer this question, it is necessary to examine three facets of the problem. Firstly, there is the cultural interest of the problem. Then, there is the uses of the music. What is its utility? Lastly, there is the objective beauty of the music. Is it beautiful? These last two questions are inextricably linked, for beauty of form and beauty of meaning are, in the end, simply two different expressions of the same thing.”

(This isn’t my usual style, exactly-it was written for a writing program that forces you to use certain sentence openers and “dress-ups”, and it’s a more formal voice than I generally use, being for a persuasive essay, so it isn’t my natural style, but close enough).

Take the quiz and tell me what you get in the good old comment box.

By the way, looky at my new signature!


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