From Unplag: Love Words and Famous Endings of Love Stories

Another post in honor of Valentine’s Day, and a double-whammy at that. Today we have two infographics from Unplag, a website that checks papers for plagiarism.

Ever wonder how much love is in a love story? In this first infographic, according to Unplag:

We analyzed 2,365,012 words from 10 most popular romantic stories (Romeo and Juliet, The Notebook, 50 Shades of Grey, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Gone with the Wind, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Twilight), and counted the following words: love(r, ing), hate, death, heart, relationship, affection, passion, and wedding. Below you can see our findings. They really surprised us a lot. Just take a look!

Next up, want to know what happens at the end of a typical love story? (Spoiler alerts for the 18 novels Unplag analyzed: Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Cyrano de Bergerac, Madame Bovary, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Anna Karenina, The Master and Margarita, Gone With The Wind, Thorn Birds, The Great Gatsby, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Phantom of the Opera, Bridget Jones’s Diary Series, The Notebook, Twilight Series, and Fifty Shades of Grey Series.)

According to Unplag:

For all these stories we’ve managed to define six the most typical endings. Here they are: death, marriage, children, staying together, separation, and unrequited love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Looking for Innovative Stories? Here’s a List of Ebooks, Apps, Websites, Games, and More

Ebooks, or maybe I should say stories, come in all shapes and sizes: EPUB, apps, virtual reality, games, and more. If you want to see some exciting, innovative new forms of storytelling, check out this list (sure devices have some limitations and enhanced ebooks haven’t exactly taken off yet, but there are ways to make ebooks great): Continue reading

Taking a Short Break, and Reading Short

Well it’s almost Christmas, and for the next couple weeks I’ll be taking what I’ve heard other people call a digital break so I can regroup and be back in full swing come the new year. I might have a couple posts here and there, but for the most part, I won’t be around again until January.

And so, in the spirit of taking a break, and because I’ll be using that time to read a lot, I’m writing this post about reading and reading shorts. Personally, I’m a fan. I like quick reads that I can finish in one sitting and make me feel accomplished. Plus, some stories are meant to be short.

Most of you probably know about Amazon’s Kindle Singles, but there are other places to find that sweet spot of content that’s too long for a magazine article but too short to be a traditional book.  Continue reading

NARR8, an Interactive Content Channel


NARR8 is an innovative, new(ish) content platform and mobile app. Founded in 2011 by Alexandr Vashchenko, NARR8 was inspired by Vaschenko’s love of comic books and entertainment media.

“The name ‘NARR8’ came from the idea of combining story telling, or ‘narration,’ with the number 8, which, aside from being an auspiciously lucky number in certain parts of the world, also resembles the Mobius strip—the symbol of infinity,” Alexis Valerio, Senior PR Manager for NARR8, said. “We wanted to emphasize the idea that NARR8 would offer both infinite breadth in the form of a variety of content genres, and infinite depth in the form of episode after episode of great stories.” Continue reading

A Guide to Grammarly, The World’s Best Grammar Checker


I was lucky enough to recently be granted access to Grammarly, to check out all its features. And boy, are there a lot of features.

But, first a little background. Grammarly is an automated proofreader, which checks for over 250 types of grammatical errors. This includes parallelism, misplaced modifiers, comma splices, subject-verb agreement, etc., and is much more comprehensive than Word’s spelling and grammar check.

The site offers a 7-day free trial, and after that you can choose between three pricing options: monthly, quarterly, and annually. If you choose the annual option of $139.95, you get a significant discount per month ($11.66 per month versus $29.95 on the monthly plan).

Now, on to the features. Continue reading

E-Book Review: Apocalypse

apocalysecoverApocalypse by Justin Bruystens

A post-apocalyptic world with strange complicated creatures, a place where color is not just something that is seen, Earth’s shadow, and many other worlds await you in Apocalypse. Apocalypse is a collection of unique short stories with genres varying from psychological thriller to dream fantasy. Continue reading

12/13/10: This Week in Publishing

Have hope, all of you who have declared print books as dead. According to David L. Ulin, the Los Angeles Times book critic, “print books aren’t going anywhere.” E-books complement print books, and the real issue “is that we read, that we continue to interact with long-form writing; by altering the conditions of the conversation, e-books and e-readers have already served an essential purpose.” E-books are the first step towards enhancing literature. Authors are already experimenting, whether it be with PowerPoint or by integrating websites with stories. Ulin ends his note with what he thinks e-books offer, “the promise of immersion, enhanced or otherwise, just as their analog counterparts have always done.”

E-books are good news for the literary world

Still, e-books are a force to be reckoned with. NPR says that e-books constitute one out of every 10 trade books sold. And, the companies who make ereaders can not only track what you download, but how much you read of your download, and even where you read it.

Is Your E-Book Reading Up On You?

Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of O’Reilly media, says about publishing in an interview, you “need to care about more than preserving your business.” Here’s part of the interview on YouTube.

In Conversation with Tim O’Reilly. Part 5 of 7