Twilight Fans Flock to Gloomy Town

Thousands flock to Forks, Wash., to seek out subjects of best-selling books, movie
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Nov 15, 2008 5:43 PM CST
Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in "Twilight."   (MovieWeb)
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(Newser) – A vampire and a werewolf are helping to revive the flagging economy of a Washington timber town, the LA Times reports. This year alone, more than 7,000 giggling, eager teens have visited Forks, Wash., to see locations from Stephenie Meyer's best-selling Twilight series. Most locals are playing along, and making a profit too.

The town's chamber of commerce caught on well ahead of next Friday's release of the Twilight film adaption. By turning a home into a vampire dwelling and naming a bed-and-breakfast after the books' handsome blood-sucker, it has drawn even more excited fans. But not everyone is thrilled by the new tourist economy. "Our kids don't see the novelty," a high school assistant principal said. "What part of 'fiction' don't you get?"