Talk:Fiction tourism

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Rename title?[edit]

It seems the content is about traveling to film shooting locations. Instead the title could suggest that it is about visiting iconic cinemas.

Could it be changed to Film tourism or Film set tourism ? --Andrewssi2 (talk) 04:04, 27 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Film tourism will do. /Yvwv (talk) 22:40, 28 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
We could redirect film set tourism to this very page Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:50, 28 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]


Are there any well known movies that were actually shot in Africa? In know that some African countries (was it Nigeria? Or was it Angola?) actually have a huge domestic film industry, but sadly hardly any of those movies are ever watched outside Africa... Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:58, 28 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]

umm.. w:District_9 and w:Cinema_of_Nigeria ('Nollywood') --Andrewssi2 (talk) 00:01, 29 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Oh yes, the upcoming w:Mad_Max:_Fury_Road film was shot in Namibia. (The Australian desert unexpectedly had a flood which caused flowers to grow everywhere) --Andrewssi2 (talk) 00:11, 29 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
quite a few desert films or desert scenes are shot in North Africa. w:The Man Who Would Be King (film), some places mentioned in Game of Thrones tourism, etc. Pashley (talk) 17:52, 9 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]
w:The Gods Must Be Crazy was an international success, produced by South Africans & shot in Botswana. I do not know where the sequel was filmed. Both are worth seeing. Pashley (talk) 17:56, 9 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Zulu was shot in Namibia. Much of the Tatooine footage in Star Wars: A New Hope was shot in Tunisia. The African Queen has lots of footage from various locations in Uganda and the DRC. Of course none of these are produced by African companies but they all have extensive African location shooting.Beeelb (talk) 00:23, 19 November 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Avoiding a list?[edit]

How can we avoid this being too listy? After all every single film and TV series ever made had a filming location.... --Andrewssi2 (talk) 01:12, 29 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]

We can require the listings to have at least one of the following:
  • A museum, an organized tour, a theme park, or some other kind of on-site hospitality
  • Purpose-built sets, such as Hobbiton at Waikato
  • An itinerary article on Wikivoyage, such as Breaking Bad Tour
/Yvwv (talk) 01:48, 29 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
There are some examples of locations that are so commonly used (e.g. Vazquez rocks in LA, Cortlandt Alley in NYC, or Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation) that listing every film and TV production that used them would be exhausting and is probably duplicative of Wikipedia.Beeelb (talk) 00:43, 19 November 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Requested topics[edit]

Some authors, franchises or genres might be worthy of a section or an article:

I'd add Haruki Murakami tourism --Andrewssi2 (talk) 19:58, 20 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Star Wars tourism and Lord of the Rings tourism. Generalized topics such as Vampire tourism, Horror fiction tourism and crime fiction tourism could also be interesting. /Yvwv (talk) 12:19, 25 October 2015 (UTC)[reply]
The Emigrants' Trail through Sweden and the United States; based on Vilhelm Moberg's books. /Yvwv (talk) 18:43, 2 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Disney tourism including theme parks, studios, real-life locations that inspired cartoon locations, as well as live-action film sets. /Yvwv (talk) 04:39, 10 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
For the 1001 Nights, as I mention below:
At one point I started an article on Sinbad but I lost interest & have not edited it in over four years. Would anyone want to finish that? Pashley (talk) 19:07, 31 October 2017 (UTC)[reply]


I think everything currently listed could be described as fiction, but that risks offending some people. Things like Robin Hood or Exodus of Moses might better be called myth or even history.

Move those links elsewhere? Change this article's name? Add a note that it includes myth as well as fiction? Pashley (talk) 15:04, 7 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]

No one today would seriously call Robin Hood anything else than fiction. When it comes to Exodus of Moses, it can be described within the scope of Religion and spirituality. /Yvwv (talk) 15:09, 7 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]
What about places like Troy (Turkey) for the Illad or Kurukshetra for the Gita? Worth adding here? Pashley (talk) 15:14, 7 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Speaking of Troy... Would the Odyssey be a useful itinerary/travel topic? How many real-world locations can be found? /Yvwv (talk) 18:17, 7 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]
I think the problem with the Odyssey is that it seems to describe some stuff that has a real basis (Scylla and Charybdis may well be based on the tide in the strait of Messina) it is distorted by the need to tell a story. I think having a travel topic on the Odissey would be a bit like finding the "real" Springfield or the "real" Sunnydale, CA. Hobbitschuster (talk) 19:44, 7 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]
I'd say any of the great epics -- Iliad & Odyssey, Ramayana, Mahabharata,for all I know Gilgamesh & Beowulf, and perhaps others -- could be topics if someone wanted to take the trouble. On the other hand, I do not think an Iliad article is anywhere near necessary and if we did create one it might be just a redirect to Troy.
At one point I started an article on Sinbad but I lost interest & have not edited it in over four years. Would anyone want to finish that? Pashley (talk) 20:51, 7 September 2017 (UTC)[reply]
I think the epics, religion and mythology should have its own page, distinct from "fiction tourism" but also distinct from "history". Not sure if Robin Hood or King Arthur would come under fiction or mythology though. Gizza (roam) 09:13, 5 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]


Should Literary travel be merged into this article? I'd say yes. Discussion at Talk:Literary_travel#Merge_with_fiction_tourism? Pashley (talk) 21:55, 23 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Does every title need the word "tourism"?[edit]

We now have a broad collection of themed articles. Most but far from all have the word tourism in their title. Do they need that word, or does that only make the title too long?

Titles which describe genres, such as Nordic Noir and horror fiction, seem to do without the word, as well as titles of single works, such as Around The World In Eighty Days and Easy Rider. But maybe Marvel Cinematic Universe tourism could use a shorter title? /Yvwv (talk) 20:41, 16 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Going round the world overland (whether in 80 days or 3 years) is already inherently travel, so adding "...tourism" would be redundant. K7L (talk) 23:51, 16 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I tried to make an argument about articles about fiction tourism. /Yvwv (talk) 00:41, 17 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Need help improving/expanding three filming locations articles which might help get many more people to hear about Wikivoyage[edit]

Swept in from the pub

In order to significantly increase the readership of Wikivoyage I decided to shift my focus to develop a couple of prominent articles the would focus on the filming locations of some of the biggest and most profitable film series of all time.

So far I have created the following three outline articles:

Is anyone interested in helping me expand and improve these articles? I am hoping we'll be able to get them in decent shape collaborativly so that the many fans whom would find out about these articles (after we'll add links at Wikipedia) won't be disapointed, and would rather decide to spread the word about Wikivoyage.

ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 01:01, 19 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]

I was curious as to whether the current Fiction tourism articles are big drawcards and bring in readers. All of them bar literary travel were created post-fork and therefore won't be crushed by the SEO hammer like many of our older pages. The results are mixed [2] Some of the current articles and short in length and in substance and don't fare so well. Others were longer but still don't get many views (like Lord of the Rings). Game of Thrones is most popular which makes sense. Currency is one of the biggest factors that influences pageviews. If it is in the cinemas, people will want to read about travelling to those film locations. Also, the two comic book franchises (DC and Marvel) are constantly churning out new movies. The Avengers and Justice League could be good additions to the current list. Gizza (roam) 06:25, 19 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I'd expect that category would miss a few relevant articles as it's searching for travel topics and some of the content (such as Radiator Springs) is itinerary. K7L (talk) 13:50, 19 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Good point. All the more reason for itineraries to be breadcrumbed and categorised. Gizza (roam) 04:35, 20 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Side question from me on film (or celebrity) mentions in destinations. I recently updated Glenfinnan, where the railway viaduct has been used in many films, most recently by Harry Potter. I found myself kicking against the whole HP marketing onslaught and restricted it to a single mention. Would this have any effect on page views? I do think it helped readability. Grahamsands (talk) 21:36, 19 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Yes it seems like it's a bit of a battle, especially against certain fandoms. It's obviously worth a mention that it's featured prominently in one of the most successful and beloved film franchises of this century, but it hardly requires an essay on it. I personally added a reference to the Jacobite steam train and a mention of HP in a heritage railways article since, while I'm not a big HP fan, it's probably useful to know, but again, a simple mention is all that's needed.Beeelb (talk) 00:28, 19 November 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Based on this discussion I decided to create the following two filming locations articles which would probably gather most interest. Please help me expand/improve them.

ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 15:09, 20 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Toronto locations[edit]

Toronto Film Map Reveals Where All Your Favourite Films Were Shot Pashley (talk) 06:22, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Would Toronto in film (or Toronto in fiction) be a good title? /Yvwv (talk) 11:18, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I do not think a separate article is warranted, though I would not object if someone wanted to write one. A link in this article — either to the article I linked or to the map on a U of Toronto site — would be worthwhile though. Pashley (talk) 13:03, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I started Stockholm in fiction. /Yvwv (talk) 14:23, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
The thing is, Toronto - much like Görlitz - is one of those places where stuff is shot that isn't set there... Hobbitschuster (talk) 10:06, 28 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Fandom tourism?[edit]

Swept in from the pub

We have pages for Fiction tourism, where we point people at the locations where particular movies and television shows were filmed. Do we have anything similar for fandom tourism, where the locals have embraced a particular work of fiction and added so many references to that work to their town that the location becomes a tourist attraction in itself for other fans of the work? The only such place I can think of is Vulcan (Alberta), where you can't throw a tribble without hitting a Star Trek model, display, or mural, but that can't be the only such place in existence. --Robkelk (talk) 18:41, 4 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Juzcar and Smurfs come to mind, but this is adequately addressable as fiction tourism. I'd prefer not to use "fan-dumb" as an article title. K7L (talk) 03:11, 5 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Rocky Horror[edit]

The ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Castle Is Now a Luxury Hotel, and You Can Stay There Pashley (talk) 03:14, 30 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Deletion of non-informative content[edit]

There seems to be a fair amount of jokey, not-really-imformative content in places in this article. Such as references to "that one rock in Southern California" (I added a listing for Vazquez Rocks) and "that quarry in Wales" (I don't know where that is otherwise I would have fixed the listing). I'm going to delete these unless anyone can come up with a good reason to keep them.Beeelb (talk) 00:36, 19 November 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Schitt's Creek[edit]

Schitt’s Creek locations in Ontario you need to visit, see w:Schitt's Creek for background. I doubt this needs an article, but someone might want to do one. Pashley (talk) 16:53, 29 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]


P G Wodehouse in London, for now only virtual tours. The company also has many other guide walks. Pashley (talk) 09:20, 3 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]