I just did a fun ‘test’ online. You put in a bit of your writing and they tell you which famous author your work most resembles. Apparently I write like Ian Fleming, the author of all the James Bond novels.
Here’s what they wrote about Ian Fleming:
About Ian Fleming
Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was an English author, journalist and Naval Intelligence Officer. Fleming is best known for creating the fictional spy James Bond and the series of twelve novels and nine short stories about the character. Fleming was from a wealthy family, connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. and his father was MP for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through a number of jobs before he started writing.
The Bond books are among the biggest-selling series of fictional books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Fleming also wrote the children’s story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and two works of non-fiction. While working in British Naval Intelligence during the Second World War, Fleming was involved in the planning stages of Operation Mincemeat and Operation Golden Eye, the former of which was successfully carried out. Fleming was also involved in the planning and overseeing of two active service units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force.
His experiences of the people he met during his wartime service provided much of the background and detail of the Bond novels and his career as a journalist added colour and depth to the stories. In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming fourteenth on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.
The only comparison I can see between us is the university education and the number of jobs before starting writing. It’s only wishful thinking that my work will be turned into such successful books and movies.
Go one, do the test too, you know you want to! Just go to: http://iwl.me. And let me know who you write like…
Update 1: I just took another part of my text and did the test on that. Apparently this part was more like Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series (which I have devoured big time).
Here is what they say about her:
About Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer (née Morgan; born December 24, 1973) is an American young adult author and producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition and sold over 100 million copies, with translations into 37 different languages. Meyer was the bestselling author of 2008 and 2009 in America, having sold over 29 million books in 2008, and 26.5 million books in 2009. Twilight was the best-selling book of 2008 in US bookstores.
Meyer was ranked #49 on Time magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in 2008”, and was included in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world’s most powerful celebrities in 2009, entering at #26. Her annual earnings exceeded $50 million. In 2010, Forbes ranked her as the #59 most powerful celebrity with annual earnings of $40 million.
Again, there is this movie link. It’s a sign!
Update 2: Sorry, couldn’t resist, had to put in another piece of text. These pieces are all from my first book, but are all different type of scenes. The second one a love scene, this last one a funny scene. This time they came up with Stephen King! It must have been because I used the word ‘suckers’ in this piece of text and was immediately linked to the king of paranormal 🙂 .
About Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.
King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, his novella The Way Station was a Nebula Award novelette nominee, and his short story “The Man in the Black Suit” received the O. Henry Award. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his whole career, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004), the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (2007).
Conclusion: For some people this test is very consistent. For me it, apparently, is not. I must admit that I love all sorts of books, I don’t read just one genre and I watch a myriad of movies (anything that moves, really). It seems that this is reflected in my writing style; you write what you read/view. No wonder I have such difficulty putting my books into one category…