I decided to give it a run with a bunch of writing samples -- fifteen samples from eight different original works I've done, most of it over the last eight years.
6 X Stephen King 3 X Chuck Palahniuk 2 X Dan Brown 2 X James Fenimore Cooper 1 X Margaret Atwood (Also came up for one brief excerpt I didn't count.) 1 X Vladimir Nabokov 1 X James Joyce
As near as I can determine: - If you use short descriptive sentences, rather spare in style, it kicks back King. - If you use profanity mixed with violence, or lots of convo, you get Palaniuk. (Although one return was entirely narrative, in documentary style, with none of either.) - Anything vaguely scientific-sounding kicks back Brown. (I do not consider this a compliment.) - Both returns on Atwood were from women being introspective. - Cooper came back from a very chatty, very awkward (but rather sweet) sex scene. - As best I can tell, Nabokov was flagged from a very small amount of Russian. - It's hard to tell what tripped the Joyce flag. It was a lengthy, first-person narrative mostly about zombies.
It's a fun tool to play with, and certainly piques one's curiosity, but it doesn't seem to me that it represents very much beyond a few simple flags.
okay. so with one (loooong) recent lj post, i got stephen king. with a short story-thing i wrote last year (about something that actually happened, though) i got hemingway. which i am assuming is because sometimes i do very much adopt a straight-forward, short-sentence style? i know my style changes, but i also know i am distinctive (i have been told this). in conclusion, memes like this confuse me slightly, but are still oddly interesting.