Sunday, 18 December 2005

Lord Alexander's Cipher; or, the Bridekirk Behemoth will be bigger than Gone with the Wind. Not in word count - it's nowhere near the length of Margaret Mitchell's monster - but in terms of its chances for best-sellerdom.

Language Log has pointed me at the Lulu Book Title Analyzer, which uses an algorithm based on a book's title to forecast its chances. LAC;o,tBB scores 55.4%, which more than GWTW (44.2%) and considerably more than The Da Vinci Code (10.2%).

I fall short, however of the heights reached by the illustrious Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility apparently each have a 59.3% chance of being best-sellers, with Emma only a little way behind at 45.6%. That young lady will go far.

2 comments:

Douglas Hoffman said...

The Brakan Correspondent came in at 35.9%. A far cry from yours, but at least I did better than Da Vinci Code.

Cool toy!

Liz Harris said...

'David' came in at 45.6. The same as 'Emma'. So I'm on a par with Jane Austen. I can live with that!