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"Batman Loves Him a Criminal" -- A Story Written by a Predictive Text Generator

Batman isn’t paid to destroy crime corners. He is actually attracted to crimes and also The Penguin. The Penguin begins to fall in love with guns and with gangs all over Batman. Batman is destroyed. Batman must join The Penguin. He loves him a criminal. […]

Batman must stop The Penguin in order to keep his confidence. He suspects that The Penguin is an addictive face and has no choice but to ask for more of The Penguin.

It comes across like a piece of fan fiction written by someone with a slipshod grasp of storytelling. But it wasn't written by a person at all.

Jamie Brew, the head writer for Clickhole, created a predictive text generating program. It's like the word suggestions that your cell phone offers while you're composing a text message. Gizmodo explains:

You can do this on your phone. Type a word, any word. Then just keep inputting suggestions from the autocorrect and see what you come up with. “Last summer a friend showed me that you can just keep taking the phone’s suggestions and write things like ‘I have a great time in my head and neck and shoulders and the rest.’ I couldn’t get enough of that,” Brew said.

The results are meandering but reasonably coherent compositions, including a freaky Craigslist ad, a car owner manual, and a revision of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. You can see a much larger version of the Batman story here.

-via Agent23


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"Batman learns that he has been abducted from his past and he is merely a series of stories related to justice."

This is the most profound sentence I've read in weeks. And I'm currently reading Dostoyevsky!
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