A little while ago I was invited to take part in this huge collaboration called Hyrule: See the sights, hear the sounds. It was organised by Matt over at Normal Happenings, who wanted to create a massive, travel type guide to the Legend of Zelda universe, so of course I had to get involved – travel and geekery is my thing after all.
Everyone was encouraged to pick a place from Hyrule that meant something to them, then write a paragraph or two about their experiences there. We ended up with this collection of 16 beautiful places, from Zora’s Domain to the Ikana Canyon, including Koholint Island – which is the place I chose. You can read my excerpt here.
It has been a looong time since I played any Legend of Zelda game, but I will always remember that little island from Link’s Awakwening because it was a place I used to escape to when things got hectic. Now that the weather is getting colder and my life is getting busier, I find myself fantasising about retreating to Koholint once more, and it got me thinking – are there any other fictional places I’d like to escape to.
So here are five islands that aren’t quite real, but definitely should be. Are there any islands you’ve seen in a movie, or read in a book that you wish existed in real life? If you’d like to take part in this week’s prompt, make sure to tag #fictionalfive.
Themyscira is an isolated island in the Aegean Sea – home to Wonder Woman and the Amazons. Also known as Paradise Island, it was created by Zeus to shelter the Amazons from mankind. The god hid Themyscira behind an invisible barrier that conceals it from the outside world, which makes it very hard to locate, but it’s supposedly somewhere between the Greek and Anatolian peninsulas in the Mediterranean. The island is covered is lush foliage, decorated with ancient greek architecture, and holds some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, making it pretty high on my list of places I’d love to visit.
This stunning tropical Island, seen in The Incredibles, was home to the remote headquarters of villain Syndrome – until he was defeated. Covered in exotic plants and home to a massive, active volcano, you’d be forgiven for thinking thatit’s pretty isolated, but Nomanisan is deceptively developed, with transport links and bases built into the island. According to Pixar, it’s now been converted into an Island Resort and boy do I wish I could book a trip there. Luxury accommodation, island dining, a spa, massages – count me in.
Isle of Naboombu
The Isle of Naboombu is a crescent shaped island in Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks that Miss Price and Emelius Brown visit after finding a book about it. Legend has it that a sorcerer’s medallion – the Star of Astaroth – gave the animals that lived on the island the power of speech, so now it’s inhabited by anthropomorphs. You can go ballroom dancing in the lagoon and a watch football game where the players are Cheetah’s and Elephants – both of which sound awesome to me. Just stay clear of King Leonidas.
If you’ve seen How to Train a Dragon, then you should recognise Berk. It’s a Dragon friendly utopia where Vikings and Dragons coexist in harmony. At one point Berk was home to catapults that would keep the Dragons away, but now it’s got Dragon Racing bleachers, stables, feeding troughs and a Dragon wash. The island itself is in the Arctic Circle which means that Summer is very short, and it snows for about 9 months of the year, but as long as you wrap up warm, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to visit this place.
I wasn’t sure whether to add this to the list, because I can imagine that Isla Nublar – the home of Jurassic Park for those that don’t know – is probably quite dangerous, but where else are you going to see dinosaurs in real life. The island is about 40 minutes from San Jose, Costa Rica by helicopter, is covered with tropical rainforest, and is home to both high mountains and flat beaches, so it’s got an array of different micro climates. There’s a huge artificial lagoon in the centre of the island, and lots of waterfalls throughout, making it a very beautiful place to explore. Not to mention over 15 different species of dinosaur to gawp at.