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Tagged: Travel errors in fiction
When travelling for work, I am inveterate reader of all sorts of stuff, from the excellent to the awful, both fiction and non-fiction.
One of the biggest turn-offs for me is reading (usually) fictional accounts which get basic travel information wrong. This undermines the credibility of the story completely for me. I am currently reading Rob Harris’ The Quisling Legacy which, frankly is not very good. What irritated me most, however, is the shoddy research which sees our hero take the train from Stavanger to Voss on a direct routing taking 4 hours. Norwegian Rail shows this as a 14 – 15 hour journey with one change in Oslo! Voss, of course, is on the Bergen – Oslo line.
Does anyone else have examples of similar lazy research by fiction writers? I am sure there are plenty….29 Oct 2017
The works of England’s finest bard are littered with geographical errors.
Bohemia suddenly developing a coastline in A Winters tale or worse, imagine the shock of good people of Delphi to find its suddenly became an island in Corilanus. Worse still,what sort of geographical catastrophe would have needed to have occurred for Milan to suddenly become a port.
Gladly,he stuck to literature and not exploring.29 Oct 2017
Good examples, Canucklad. At least Shakespeare had the excuse of never having travelled to the places of which he writes. Modern authors have researchers and, above all, Google!! Contemporary writers have absolutely no excuse – shoddy and lazy research.29 Oct 2017
I always thought it was the fiction written on the safety card on aircraft which states ” in the unlikely event of landing on water” This is of course until Sully proved it correct!!!30 Oct 2017