Story of the Year

John Boyne searches google for ingredients to dye clothes red and accidentally includes ingredients made from monsters in the Legend of Zelda video games. His novel is not a fantasy… THIS…. This is Bookninja’s bread and butter — the ridiculousness at the bottom of it all. In the end the art is affected by what’s happening around it, as always. He handles it well, though, and moves on. Could have happened to anyone (except me because my kids never stop talking about Breath of the Wild so I know too much).

Boyne took the revelation in good spirits, and said he wouldn’t be changing the section – but would add Zelda to the acknowledgments page of the novel’s paperback, despite never having played a computer game in his life.

“I’ll leave it as it is. I actually think it’s quite funny and you’re totally right. I don’t remember but I must have just Googled it,” he told Schwartz on Twitter. “Hey, sometimes you just gotta throw your hands up and say ‘yup! My bad!’”

He added: “Note to self: never talk about poisons in a novel again.”

Boyne took the revelation in good spirits, and said he wouldn’t be changing the section – but would add Zelda to the acknowledgments page of the novel’s paperback, despite never having played a computer game in his life.

“I’ll leave it as it is. I actually think it’s quite funny and you’re totally right. I don’t remember but I must have just Googled it,” he told Schwartz on Twitter. “Hey, sometimes you just gotta throw your hands up and say ‘yup! My bad!’”

He added: “Note to self: never talk about poisons in a novel again.”

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