A best -selling author searching for authenticity for his new book has been caught out after relying a little too much on a hasty Google search. On a page spotted by Reddit user u/nonono_ohhoho, the story's narrator describes ingredients for dyes used in dressmaking. At least, thats what John Boyne, the author behind The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas says he must have done when it emerged that several fantasy ingredients from The Legend of Zelda have appeared in his most recent book, A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom.
Yep, that's a passage where a character utilizes components consisting of keese wing, Octorok Eyeball, red lizalfos tail, and 4 Hylian shrooms to make red clothing color in the period of fifth-century ruler Attila theHun Oops. The amusing thing is that none of these ingredients exist in the real world.
The last thing one would expect to find within a historical novel is definitely one of the recipes in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Wondering how on earth Boyne had come up with these items, Schwartz googled for "ingredients red dye clothes".
"So while John Boyne was doing a perfunctory Google search for how to dye clothes red he found a site listing monster parts and accidentally put them in his Very Serious book", she wrote.
"That is actually kinda hilarious". I'm totally willing to own it.
While Boyne's good-nature confession seems to indicate the BOTW crossover was a simple mistake rather than an homage to Nintendo's classic game franchise, the Irish author said he thinks it's a fun bit of trivia, and has no plans to remove the reference in any of the book's future paperback runs.