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Which novelist are you?

  1. Orwell

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  2. Fitzgerald

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  3. Borges

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  4. Poe

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Kafka

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  6. Dostoevsky

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  7. Melville

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  8. Camus

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  9. inconsistent

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  1. Simpson17866
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    Which Novelist Are You?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Simpson17866, Aug 8, 2016.

    https://helloquizzy.okcupid.com/tests/the-literary-style-test

    I like this test better than a lot of other "which novelist are you?" tests because it explains clearly what each answer is based on. Rather than having just a random collection of half-a-dozen artists, one of whom might be extremely different while the others are basically the same, this test has 3 clear scales (Realism, Philosophy, Psychology) that go from 0% to 100% each, and the 8 artists were picked based on the 8 categories that resulted naturally from the criteria.

    Granted, I'm not the one who came up with anything here, but I'm pretty sure the combinations are:

    George Orwell: ____ low Realism, low Philosophy, low Psychology

    F Scott Fitzgerald: __ high Realism, low Philosophy, low Psychology
    Jorge Luis Borges: __ low Realism, high Philosophy, low Psychology
    Edgar Allen Poe: ___ low Realism, low Philosophy, high Psychology

    Franz Kafka: ______ low Realism, high Philosophy, high Psychology
    Fyodor Dostoevsky: _ high Realism, low Philosophy, high Psychology
    Herman Melville: ___ high Realism, high Philosophy, low Psychology

    Albert Camus: _____ high Realism, high Philosophy, high Psychology
     
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    Well, it said I was Kafka, and I don't like Kafka. Damn. :mad:
     
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    I kept getting Kafka the first few times too ;)

    It actually lead to a very interesting revelation about my own writing: I couldn't figure out why "low Realism, high Philosophy, high Psychology" kept feeling wrong to me because that sounded like the perfect description of both a) what I wanted to write in theory, and b) how my Doctor Who fanfic turned out in practice, but then I realized that my Urban Fantasy that I've been working on for the last few months has been written in a completely different style from how I wrote the Doctor Who story.

    When I took the test again while distinguishing between the two stories, Gemini was still every bit as much of a Kafka as I'd originally thought, but my new UrFan turns out to be more of a George Orwell or an Edgar Allen Poe: low Realism, low Philosophy, medium Psychology.​

    Are there any other writers you can think of that you like better, but that still wrote in the same basic style as Kafka and yourself?
     
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    @Simpson17866, I think when I answered the questionnaire, I said way too much about philosophy. I probably emphasized that too much. I also emphasized psychology, when I bet the survey means something a bit different from what I mean by that word.

    From the list of writers available, I'd fit better in the Orwell/Fitzgerald/Melville vein than Kafka. However, it's a very limited list. I'd like to see John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, James Joyce, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, and others there as well. Also some classic science fiction writers, like Clarke, Delany, Sturgeon, and a few others. Of course, they only selected a few writers to use on their list so that they could establish trends - I bet if they had a more extensive list, we'd eventually see one person matched to each, with no obvious trends appearing.
     
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    I see.

    Maybe you and I should come up with more criteria, then look for more authors for the new combinations and try to make a larger test ;)
     
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    I'm Herman Melville, apparently. Never read him, no interest in reading him.
     
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    Of course, if you are him, you don't need to read him. You've already written him. :D
     
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    Jorge Luis Borge, and I have not read a thing from him.

    /goes to Amazon.com to order a book from him
     
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    Ditto. On both counts.
     
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    Dammit. 'Inconsistent' was an option and I didn't get it? That's disappointing.
     
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    Not an option on the test itself, just something that could happen if you take the test multiple times for multiple stories you've written ;)
     

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