5 places that became cult thanks to a novel
Cult! Novels, 100 mythical places of novels
The greatest authors of contemporary literature are waiting for you in several surprising places and will reveal the secrets of their best works. Places forever marked by the prose of these writers whose words never cease to move us, to frighten us, to make us laugh and finally to incite us to travel.
The Overlook – Shining
After a very nightmarish night at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, Stephen King will write one of his most popular novels: The Shining. The book tells the story of the Overlook, a hotel haunted by an evil force. It took two years to complete the work on the Stanley Hotel. Inaugurated in 1909, it offers a certain luxury to nature lovers while its location near the slopes and hiking trails ensures a constant flow of visitors in summer and winter. Stephen King has written a sequel to The Shining. Entitled Doctor Sleep, it was published in 2013.Read more
Church Cottage – Harry Potter
When J. K. decided to start writing her Harry Potter novel during a train trip in 1990, she was inspired by the places she knew. Thus Church Cottage lends many of its features. Originally used as a school and then as a presbytery, the building is of unknown origin. Many believe that the architect Henry Woodyer was the designer. When the house was put up for sale in 2011, a mysterious organization called the Volant Charitable Trust bought it. An organization run by none other than J. K. Rowling.Read more
Bran Castle – Dracula
In Bram Stoker’s novel, the castle of the master of vampires is located on the Borgo Pass, in another region of Transylvania. However, in Borgo, no castle corresponds to the description that the writer delivers in Dracula. Bran’s castle on the other hand, seems to perfectly embody the ruined building in which Jonathan Harker arrives. High place of the tourism in Transylvania, the castle of Bran would have according to the legend, been frequented by Vlad the Impaler. Dracula has been the subject of eight adaptations based on Bram Stoker’s structure and of countless more or less fantastic variations.Read more
Sahara Desert – The Little Prince
It is in the Sahara desert that the plot of the tale written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry begins: The Little Prince. The Sahara desert covers nearly 30% of the surface of the African continent. In the Arabic language, Sahara means “vast area devoid of vegetation”. With a maximum temperature of 55°C and very arid regions where it rains less than 55 mm of water per year, it is the largest hot desert in the world. The Little Prince has been translated into 457 languages and dialects. It is the second most translated book in the world after the Bible.Read more
Fjällbacka – The Ice Princess
Drawing on her own memories and experiences, Camilla Läckberg sets her plot in her hometown of Fjällbacka. This writing work is the basis of her first novel, The Ice Princess. Founded in the 16th century, Fjällbacka is a fishing village that today lives mainly from tourism. His book won the Grand Prix of Crime Literature and the Best International Novel Award in 2008.Read more
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The greatest authors of contemporary literature are waiting for you in several surprising places and will reveal the secrets of their best works. Places forever marked by the prose of these writers whose words never cease to move us, frighten us, make us laugh, and ultimately encourage us to travel.
Did you know that Stephen King got the idea for The Shining while he was staying with his wife in an isolated and visibly haunted hotel? Or that Bram Stoker popularized the figure of the vampire from a castle in the heart of the Carpathians? From the tragic history of the Black Dahlia by James Ellroy to the saving of Notre-Dame de Paris thanks to Victor Hugo, through the genesis of the Four Daughters of Dr. Marchthe birth of Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street in London, without forgetting the journey of the Grapes of Wrath on the mythical Route 66, embark on an exciting world tour in the company of the greatest authors. Discover the inspirations of J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings and George R.R. Martin for Game of thronesexplore Castelmore Castle with Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, fly into space from a back street in London with Douglas Adams and his Galactic Traveler’s Guide and take a ticket to Hogwarts with the young Harry Potter. Unlock the secrets of the places linked to the most galvanizing stories in literature on a journey full of surprises.
Produced by a team of pop-culture specialists and enhanced by numerous anecdotes, Cult! novels tells the secrets of the places that made the history of the fifth art.
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