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Share via Email Martin Amis fails to conform to the rules of the bestseller. Murdo Macleod for the Observer If it is your ambition to write a bestselling work of fiction, you would be well advised to focus on certain topics and to avoid others. Among the topics you should focus on are, for instance, marriage, funerals, guns, schools, children, mothers and vaguely threatening technologies.
You should also under no circumstances subject your readers to the universally despised topics of seduction and lovemaking. Will authors now write their books to conform to the algorithmic model for success?
You would, specifically, be going against the numbers generated by the text-mining algorithm created by two Stanford University scholars, Jodie Archer and Matthew L Jockersin order to crunch the data on 20, New York Times bestselling novels.
Their findings are translated into chipper prose in their new book The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel. Rendered in such stark terms, the preferences of the American reading public — dead and injured bodies: Certain words, we learn, tend to crop up with startling frequency in novels that hit the Times list.
Simple, straightforward language is, perhaps unsurprisingly, much favoured. A disproportionate number of bestseller writers, we are told, have backgrounds in fields like journalism and advertising.
Being lectured by these two on style is a disorienting experience. Similarly, this book is full of fascinating facts, but extremely light on serious analysis or self-reflection.
There is little consideration of the most pressing questions surrounding machine-learning tools for revealing the constituent elements of bestselling novels. Will agents and editors consult the machine before making a call on a manuscript?
What will this mean for the future of publishing? This is intended as a reassuring invocation of technology augmenting, rather than replacing, human intelligence.
But is this really any better than an algorithmically generated bestseller? Such a novel might as well be written by a machine — a machine more interested in describing the stock market than a human face.Despite general resistence, representatives of tribes in the US recently gave their blessing for DNA analysis of the remains of a Stone Age child.
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