July 27, 2008

Twilight tours in Quileute country

Fans of "Twilight" vampire series pump new blood into ForksThe book is Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight," the first of a widely popular vampire series primed to fill Harry Potter's shoes in the hearts of young readers, mainly girls. Set in a far corner of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the teen-romance-meets-Gothic-horror series continues this Saturday with the release of the fourth book, "Breaking Dawn."

Throughout the past year, growing numbers of fans eager to see where reality meets their imaginations have been visiting Forks from across the country and around the world—Germany, Ireland and Spain. A few months ago, Gurling came up with the idea of "Twilight Tours" and posted details on the Chamber of Commerce Web site. Within hours, an Ohio man and his daughter signed up.
And:For Twilighters, there's plenty to see: La Push's First Beach, on the Quileute Indian Reservation, where underdog Jacob suggests Edward's true identity. The hospital where Edward's father is a doctor. The vast meadow where the vampires play baseball. And, oddly, the misty, constant rain of which Bella often complains.

"They have this vision," Gurling says. "They want to see all the greenery and the moss and the lichens hanging off the trees."
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Non-Native Cast as Quileute Werewolf.

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