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(Telegraph)   Science has determined the secrets to making your novel a bestseller: it needs to be "interesting," and you need to be lucky, say researchers from the Gee Thanks Balzac Institute   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 11
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2014-01-09 04:45:56 PM
I returned my attention to the road ahead. At the pinnacle of the next hill I saw a lonely silhouette darkened with the bright sky behind her. One arm was extended, thumbing for a ride.  She had short cropped blonde hair and had the loose ends of a button up shirt tied in the middle. The one distinguishing feature that I noticed from this distance were that she must have been at least a D-cup.  As I neared she seemed frustrated -as if one more car was going to ignore her plea. She saw my lone vehicle and sighed. I noticed her breasts shift in her tight white shirt heave a little.

I don't normally pull over for hitchhikers...
 
2014-01-09 05:08:30 PM
Back in the day, we called it "Stoner Brook University".
/"Shut up! he explained."
 
2014-01-09 05:44:43 PM
Ixnay on the alzacbay.
 
2014-01-09 05:48:57 PM
CHAPTER 31 
1  The path of art for fortune's 
sake is also incredibly easy, 
2  Because all you have to do is 
pick out one kind of book, 
3  And  write  one  book  of  that 
kind, 
4  Without being original in any 
way, 
5  And then, 
6  And this is the important part, 
7  Write  the  very   same  book 
over and over and over and over 
again. 
8  In fact, this path is so easy and 
rewarding that many writers be-
gin their careers by choosing the 
path of art for fame's sake, 
9   And then switch to the path of 
art for fortune's  sake  after their 
first successful book. 
10  Yes,  if you  play  your cards 
right, you can publish book after 
book after book, 
11  Without ever thinking about 
anything at all.

---
The Book of Swarthmorons, Chapter 31, The Boomer Bible
 
2014-01-09 06:28:25 PM
Actually, as Harry Potter proves, there is no reward for creativity.

Just steal your whole story, change some names, and ta da.
 
2014-01-09 06:39:00 PM
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"You're welcome. "
 
2014-01-09 08:08:15 PM
So if that the case why not just have a computer write the book?
 
2014-01-09 09:15:15 PM
So most successful popular fiction novels will be grammatically constructed in similar ways? Color me shocked.
 
2014-01-09 09:18:09 PM

FutureWars: So most successful popular fiction novels will be grammatically constructed in similar ways? Color me shocked.


All I got from that was people prefer adjectives over adverbs.
 
2014-01-09 09:57:16 PM

worlddan: So if that the case why not just have a computer write the book?


This algorithm makes me think of the novel-writing machines in Orwell's 1984.

You could start with the really formulaic and predictable genres (romance novels, sword-and-horses fantasy, anything by Dean Koontz), using procedurally generated plots and characters created by tools used for roleplaying games. Once you've gotten these simple genres down to the point that a casual reader couldn't tell it wasn't authored by a human, then you add increasing levels of complexity to the algorithm until it can spit out the next Infinite Jest, and no one's going to read that anyway. So none the wiser.
 
2014-01-10 04:18:52 AM

simplicimus: FutureWars: So most successful popular fiction novels will be grammatically constructed in similar ways? Color me shocked.

All I got from that was people prefer adjectives over adverbs.


Until they read Tom Robbins.
 
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