posted by gossipgirlstar2
In an artikulo sa pamamagitan ng the New York Times, aside from creating a world-wide phenomena, Twilighters around the world has also out the small town of Forks, Washington on the map. The small loging town, who only has two stop lights, have garnered fame through the popularity of the Twilight books, the four-part book series that is penned sa pamamagitan ng may-akda Stephenie Meyer. Now, the town serves a “mecca” to Twilighters who have gathered in town to feel the Twilight experience.
Here is an excerpt of the article:
Over the last taon or so, Forks (population 3,120) has morphed into a mecca for Twilighters, or Twihards as they are sometimes called. Visitors to this rainy town, whose main industries are logging and two correctional facilities, have madami than tripled for the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to the local Chamber of Commerce. Lodging occupancy is up, and local merchants sell little-vampire pacifiers and Bella and Edward action figures.
“You used to say you were from Forks and people would stare,” sinabi Marcia Bingham, director of the Chamber of Commerce, referring to the “B.T.” (“Before ‘Twilight’ ”) days. “Now when they hear where you’re from, they’re breathless.”
And teenage girls aren’t the only ones hyperventilating. Women — traveling in packs, in pairs or on their own — make up a big part of those on the “Twilight” trail. Susan Englin, a retiree from Colbert, Wash., who has read the books seven times and has downloaded the movie to her iPod, was visiting stepchildren in the area recently and couldn’t resist an outing to Forks. “I get caught up in the characters,” she said.
All araw long, cars pull up to the Forks visitor center, across the kalye from a drag-racing track, and people pile out, snapping mga litrato of “Bella’s” old red pickup truck parked in front. Inside, tourists grab maps pinpointing Forks High School, where Bella and Edward first lock eyes in the cafeteria; City Hall, where Bella’s police-chief father works; and the driftwood-strewn tabing-dagat in nearby La Push where the character Jacob, a member of the local Quileute tribe, first informs Bella that Edward and his family are “blood drinkers.” (He should talk — in the segundo book Jacob and his pals turn into werewolves.)
And then they’re off, braking at the sites and trolling the nondescript main drag, lined with one- and two-story buildings occupied sa pamamagitan ng shops with signs shouting “Twilighters Welcome!”