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Random musings on reading and books from a librarian in training.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mad Lib Novels

The Financial Times has a fascinating story on computer software programs that can help you write a novel. Aspiring writers can get suggestions on plot or character names and a suggested structure to follow. If you think about it many genres do have a structure that can be followed. For instance, in a traditional romance novel, couple meets, there’s usually some kind of misunderstanding/ obstacle that gets in their way, hi jinxes and problems ensue, misunderstanding/ obstacle overcome/solved, true love realized.

However, I wonder how accurately a computer software program can replicate creativity. There’s a difference between a paint by numbers and a Monet.

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