Twilighters Go To School & Prom in Forks, Boosting Local Economy
This past weekend, Twilight fans attended summer school and prom in Forks - just like Bella and Edward, the main characters of Twilight whose romance blooms in the little town of Forks, WA, which has a population of 3,000, huge Pacific Northwest trees, and a beautiful coastline.
Twilighters got to live out their dream by attending a Twilight Symposium in Forks High School complete with a mock prom and a tour of Forks featuring restaurants modeled after the Twilight saga, such as the Italian restaurant where Edward and Bella had their first date.
Locals, on the other hand, were grateful for the much-needed boost Twilight tourism has provided to their local economy.
"The town was having some major economic issues, because their major export was logging — and then 'Twilight' came along," Kaleb [a popular Twilight blogger] explained. "And if you look at Forks now, Stephenie [Meyer, the author of Twilight,] has transformed this town into a 'Twilight' tourism economy. It's crazy."
Here is a testimony from one satisfied fan:
"We ended up taking the same flight Bella took to get to Forks in 'Twilight,' " explained Maddi, remembering the journey that she and her friends had taken to get to the tiny town Meyer selected for her novels despite the fact that she had never actually set foot here. "We went from Phoenix to the Seattle airport, then took a puddle-jumper from Seattle to Port Angeles and got to see all the beautiful scenery.
"We ate at Bella Italia, which is where Edward and Bella had their first date. It was pouring — just like it should be — when we got here," she continued, saying that even when there isn't a scheduled fan event, Forks is still a Disneyland for Twilighters. "Everywhere you go, you can just imagine Bella and Edward walking down the street in this cozy little town. It really is like being in the home of 'Twilight.' "
Though the visiting Twilighters enjoyed themselves in the dreamy town of Forks, I can't help but be a little unsettled by this Twilight mania. It has even inspired Forks High School to make mock Bella and Edward lockers for the thousands of fans that pass through.