If you were to write a book and find out how red lingerie is traditionally made, you would probably do a simple Google search. At least that’s what John Boyne, the author behind it, is The boy in the striped pajamas says he “must have” done when it turned out to be several fantasy ingredients The legend of Zelda has appeared in his latest book, A traveler at the gates of wisdom.
The problem is, as journalist Dana Schwartz notes, that instead of a real recipe, the current top search result for “ingredients of red-colored clothing” refers to a guide from Polygon about how to dye clothes in the video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It̵
Yes, this is a passage in which a character uses ingredients like Keese wings, Octorok eyeball, red Lizalfos tail, and four Hylian mushrooms to dye red clothing in the era of Attila the Hun ruler from the 5th century . Oops.
The author John Boyne took the error in a good mood. “Someone reminds me to add Zelda to the confirmation page when the Traveler paperback is published … oh sir …” the author tweeted on Sunday. Although this is the type of error that could be corrected in a future edition (or even earlier in the case of the eBook version), the author has announced that he “wants to leave it as it is”.
Yes, I will leave it as it is. I think it’s actually pretty funny and you’re absolutely right. I don’t remember, but I just have to have googled it. Hey, sometimes you just have to throw your hands up and say “yup! My bad!”
– John Boyne (@john_boyne), August 3, 2020
Let that be a lesson to all authors. Polygon is a great resource for video game guides. But you may not rely on it when researching your next book in the real world.