Long ago, in a narratology far away…

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Louisa Shepard, "‘May the force be with you’ and other fan fiction favorites", Penn Today 12/18/2019:

Starting with Star Wars, Penn researchers create a unique digital humanities tool to analyze the most popular phrases and character connections in fan fiction. […]

The Penn team started with the script of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and created algorithms to analyze the words in the script against those in millions of fan fiction stories. The unique program identifies the most popular phrases, characters, scenes, and connections that are repurposed by these writers and then displays them in a simple graph format.

The results are now available on their “fan engagement meter” at https://fanengagement.org.

Serendipitously, today's xkcd:

xkcd's mouseover title:"The heroes seem to be gaining the upper hand until Darth Juul manages to flip the switch on the car wash control panel from 'REGULAR' to 'PREMIUM.'"

Still to come: the Transformer-XL version, featuring Princess Leia's two sons, Petunia and Petunia, who kill Darth Juul by stuffing a rope into his nose…

1 Comment

  1. Jonathan said,

    December 20, 2019 @ 12:13 pm

    The Venn diagram for "People who get all the references" in that last sentence has an incredibly small intersection. I admire it.

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