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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:38 PM

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Residents of Forks, Washington State, are still stunned by what a piece of assiduous Googling from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has unleashed on their town. Looking for the US's rainiest location in which to set her vampire series, she lighted upon the small town, population 3,221.

Fans of the books and film, based around Bella Swan and her dreamy vampire love interest Edward Cullen, began pouring into Forks. Today hundreds visit the town daily; its visitor count for June was more than 8,000 - around the number who used to come in a year. Restaurants have Twilight-themed menus with dishes such as Bellasagne, shops sell Twilight items, and tours cover the books' locations.

The logging town has been transformed, says Mike Gurling of the Forks Chamber of Commerce. "Two years ago we did not have a cash register or credit card terminal. Now our sales of anything that says 'Forks' have increased dramatically." A literary symposium was held last month in Forks high school, including - unusually for a symposium - "an actual, real Prom". Chris Cook, editor of the local paper and author of guide book Twilight Territory, says the school's principal was mobbed at a Seattle airport when a teenage fan spotted his Forks Spartan jacket and started yelling, "He's from Forks, he's from Forks!" The fervour is such, Cook says, that a local evangelist, Hallelujah Bill, has started preaching to fans about the dangers of becoming cult followers of the books.

While some don't like the attention Twilight has brought, others are enjoying the kudos. Cook says that "traditionally, Forks has been considered by Seattle folks as the sticks, the home of loggers and simple rural ways. Now it's a bit of a status symbol."

Susan Brager, who runs the Miller Tree Inn, now also known as Cullen House, says that although she isn't a huge fan of the books - "not great literature" - she definitely appreciates the tourists. "They like it when it rains," she says.

"What could be better than that for a community that gets more than 120in each year?"


Twilight Fans... damn. I just feel so bad for those poor residents in Forks.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:46 PM

They must hate it... but its bound to happen as people become more and more crazy over fiction stories. I'm sure the same sort of back-lash hit Scranton PA when The Office first became popular.

EDIT: Thought I'd add the same sort of deal hit a town in Saskatchewan here... Corner Gas was filmed in a tiny little town about 1/2hr drive from Regina (my residence & capital of province) called Rouleau. Whenever we have family visit from Ontario, if they're fans of the show they want to visit the town... THERE IS NOTHING THERE except for the now Corner-gas orientated themes in all the shops for tourists.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:51 PM

*facepalm* I hate twilight fangirls
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:18 PM

the best girlfriend i ever had went to go see the twilight movie a week or two after it came out, she came back, broke up with me and started dating her cousin the next day.



what the BOINK is going on with this movie?
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:18 PM

View Postraptorbite, on Jul 17 2009, 06:51 PM, said:

*facepalm* I hate twilight fangirls

Oh but you sure do love those Twilight fanboys. :(
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:19 PM

I feel bad for those residents. Now they're gonna be overrun by 12 year old girls who can't seem to grasp that the main character is a dirty, skeezy, lazy fictional character.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:37 PM

Why feel bad for them? In a struggling economy they are raking in the dough any way they can while the popularity lasts. I say Capitalism FTW!
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:50 PM

Robert Pattinson is already dead...

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:53 PM

View PostVeritech Squad, on Jul 17 2009, 07:18 PM, said:

View Postraptorbite, on Jul 17 2009, 06:51 PM, said:

*facepalm* I hate twilight fangirls

Oh but you sure do love those Twilight fanboys. :dodgy:


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Robert Pattinson is already dead...

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:54 PM

Hehe...

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:05 PM

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:45 PM

View Postger, on Jul 17 2009, 07:37 PM, said:

Why feel bad for them? In a struggling economy they are raking in the dough any way they can while the popularity lasts. I say Capitalism FTW!


Have you ever heard a twilight fangirl? They argue NON STOP about who's better, Jacob or Edward, and afterwords, swoon over the one they are arguing for, and then return to arguing, it's absolutely pathetic. I have seen fights over a simple series of books and movies, it's lame, and for a SHIZZLY [I DON'T WASH MY HANDS AFTER I WIPE] story too. I feel bad for that community because they are going to have about 50 million of these morons yearly.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:57 PM

View PostAnti Hero, on Jul 17 2009, 08:45 PM, said:

View Postger, on Jul 17 2009, 07:37 PM, said:

Why feel bad for them? In a struggling economy they are raking in the dough any way they can while the popularity lasts. I say Capitalism FTW!


Have you ever heard a twilight fangirl? They argue NON STOP about who's better, Jacob or Edward, and afterwords, swoon over the one they are arguing for, and then return to arguing, it's absolutely pathetic. I have seen fights over a simple series of books and movies, it's lame, and for a SHIZZLY [I DON'T WASH MY HANDS AFTER I WIPE] story too. I feel bad for that community because they are going to have about 50 million of these morons yearly.

And if you say "twilight sucks" they all stab you to death with spoons,its quite painfull.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:04 PM

I have read the books. There is an unspeakable evil that lies within those pages... I am serious. I saw the movie too...

Ok, I heard this news like... what? several months ago. yeah, apparently the books have made the town insanely popular. poor blokes in Forks... they're gonna get swamped with Twilight'ers for many years to come.

NOTE: I do not necessarily recommend reading/watching anything Twilight related, unless you have something to gain. I only read it because some girls wanted me to. I was happy to read some crappy vampire books and talk to these girls about them, since few other guys would be willing to read them. And who do you think went to see the movie with them? Ha ha. Just saying.

Now, I think Twilight is one of the crappier series I have ever read. Not totally horrible, but, still bad. I will never reread them... or watch that bloody movie again.
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