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July 30, 2008

"Twilight" Fans Visiting Forks

An article in the paper this weekend talks about fans of the "Twilight" book series visiting the town of Forks, where the series is set.

As the article points out, Stephenie Meyer chose Forks because it was reputed to be one of the rainiest places in the US. Storm clouds form over the Pacific and swoop inland, but collide with the Olympic Mountains; in the ensuing confrontation, the rain falls on Forks. Forks is also an interesting place to be a tourist attraction because it is fairly difficult to get to. As the saying goes, it's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here; it's near the westernmost point in the contiguous United States. The town is 100 miles west of Seattle, which, if you are not familiar with the geography of this part of the country, you might not even realize you can do. A check of your favorite mapping website reveals that the drive from Sea-Tac Airport to Forks is a 180-mile, four-hour trek (although much of it is quite scenic, and you get to cross the Hood Canal Bridge). I once drove through Forks on the way to the Hoh Rain Forest (which is definitely worth visiting) and recall it being a fairly uninspiring take on "former logging town". But of course that was before the vampires showed up.

Posted by AdamBa at July 30, 2008 10:02 PM