Sunday, September 28, 2008
Renesmee is soooo adorable. I just don't get the name though. Why couldn't they name her like Alice. If Bella had named Renesmee after Alice that would've been FREAKIN' AWESOME! Also like hasn't Bella talked to Esme like once in the whole series? During the baseball scene in Twilight, and maybe like once in Eclipse but that's it. Her and Alice are like really close, plus the name's just weird. Renesmee's really cool though. She sooo cute! I about died when Bella was like she'll only have 15 years of life. I wanted to rip my book in half. I was so sad. I wish she named her Alice... :( I wish so much...
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Until an unlikely cast of vampires breathed new life into the town.
"I fell in love with it," says 18-year-old Samantha Cogar, who dragged her grandparents on a 2,500 mile roadtrip to Forks from Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this summer. "I can't wait to go back."
Cogar is one of thousands of visitors who have flocked to Forks in response to "Twilight," the hottest series to hit shelves since "Harry Potter." Set in Forks, on the gritty edge of the Olympic Mountain Range, the books have captured the hearts of readers around the world.
In a town framed by towering Douglas fir, hemlock and spruce and the occasional western red cedar, where rough, blue collar edges are tangible, the unexpected attention seems to be a second chance for the economy. Inspired by a world of make-believe, "Twilight" fans are bringing the town back to life.
The release of the 'Twilight' movie in November could generate even more attention for the town.
Readers were hooked, and three more "Twilight" books followed. "Breaking Dawn," the fourth and final book of her "Twilight" series, came out in July and has remained at the top of best seller lists ever since. Teens throughout the country celebrated the release of the book by dressing up as characters from the series for midnight parties at bookstores — much the way "Harry Potter" books are launched.
As the pages kept coming, the series' cultlike following increased. Before long, fans started showing up in Forks, looking to see if magic would spark when imagination collided with reality. What they found was a two-stoplight town where more than a foot of rain falls each month. A place where success is measured in sweat and four-wheel drive.
But Forks was quick to embrace the frenzied fans.
More than 100 fans a day
Forks' "Twilight"-inspired turn has been nothing short of magical, Marcia Bingham, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, says.
"We've probably had more than 100 people a day," says Bingham, who has eagerly watched as van after van of giddy readers — mostly female — pull up in front of the town's visitors center.
For many fans, the line where reality ends and imagination begins is starting to blur, says Michael Gurling, who caught inspiration from the tourism boom and started his own Twilight Tours.
After enlisting a few locals, he asked for help in picking out houses that could serve as stand-ins for the book's famous Forks' stops: Bella and Edward's houses, a field where vampires play baseball. Other locations, such as the police station, where Bella's father works, and the hospital, where Edward's father is a doctor, play their own parts. They chipped in, providing cruisers near which fans may take pictures and reserving a spot for "Dr. Cullen" in the parking lot.
"The most popular spot is probably the beach, in LaPush, where Bella finds out the truth about Edward," says Gurling.
On a recent Friday, Gurling's van headed out of the visitor's center parking lot — packed, as itis most every weekend, with teenage girls. Outside the stand-in for Edward's house, a sign on the door says "Cullens" are volunteering a blood drive.
"It's not quite how I thought it would be," says Yena Hu, a University of Washington sophomore who made the four-hour trek from Seattle to visit. "They're always talking about all the windows — and in the book, the house is on the water."
But it's surprising how much Meyer did get right, considering she'd never been to Forks when she wrote the first book. A quick Internet search revealed Forks was one of the rainiest places in the world, and from her home in Arizona, the stay-at-home mom began rewriting history.
While locals are accepting of their newfound fame, they're all too aware of the mania that is continuing to grow.
Almost everyone has a "Twilight" story: the teen who dropped his library card, only to discover Twilighters had found it and kept it; the cheerleader who has out-of-town mothers stop her on the street offering cash for her uniform; the Quileute native, who heads to LaPush to chop wood and sees giddy teenagers snatching up driftwood as souvenirs.
Jessica Hartman, an 18-year-old who works at the town's pharmacy says "Twilight" has more than doubled profits for the corner store.
Flipping through a guest book for Twilighters, the recent Forks High School grad smiles as she touches signatures from around the globe — Europe, Asia, South America. They're all here, recorded in the tattered pages that spell out the town's fame.
Businesses cash in
Spurred by the boost in tourism and influx of money, are businesses eagerly trying to cash in on the craze.
Wander down the town's main drag and you'll see "We Love Edward and Bella" signs in store windows and a Forks' Speedway sign welcoming "Vampires and Racers."
Restaurants have started offering Twilight-themed options: Subway's "Twilight Special" which oozes marinara and the ever popular Bella Burger at local hangout Sully's Drive-in, which comes with special sauce and pineapple.
Stacks of "Twilight" T-shirts sit behind almost every counter in town.
At Sully's, 32-year-old Eleanor Currit waves a pair of plastic vampire teeth in the air — a standard side for any customer who orders the Bella burger.
"When I go back to my book club, I'm definitely going to have bragging rights," she says. "The women in my group are honestly crazy about these books."
Currit, a stay-at-home-mom with a master's degree in English, says being in Forks is like opening a page of the book and jumping in.
"This town just has a pretty primal way about it," she said. "It's really a mysterious beauty."
While the fourth and final "Twilight" book was released earlier this summer, Gurling, a former National Park Guide, says he thinks the release of the "Twilight" movie, set for early November, will only generate more attention for Forks.
And while some long for quieter days, others say "Twilight" might have been what this town needed.
"It seems like we're Twilighting all the time," says Charlene Cross, the town's florist. "But at the end of the day, it makes you feel like we're part of something bigger — and I think that makes it worth it."
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
"And then we continued blissfullY into this small but perfect peice of our forevr."
I like Jake now but not enough to be Team Switz.
I FREAKED OUT when Alice came back OMG! I WAS SOOOO HAPPY.
I was sooooo happy, I was really depressed when Irina died though, it just happened so quickly. And then Tanya flipped out and that was depressing. Am I the only person who didn't get that Jacob had imprinted on Renesmee when at the end of book 2 it was like "A changing heart" ? I was soo confused. I hope Stephenie starts writing these again, I seriously have no idea what I'm gonna read, I'm reading the series over again. :P
It was a good book, second fave tied w/ Twilight
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Oh my god, I've only been reading it since July but it feels like alot longer
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Twilight-Once, when she left the airport to find James
New Moon-Eight times, when EDWARD (AAAHHHH!!!) left, when Bella heard his voice, whenever Jacob said "The Cullens" and whenever Bealla was to afraid to say his name, so probably more than 8. I sobbed eight times OH OH OH! Also a totally started sobbing when it was like, October, November, December, January
Eclipse- At the graduation party-
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
███ 20% Emmett obsessed
████ 30% Alice obsessed
█████ 40% Carlisle obsesed
██████ 50% Music lover
███████ 60% Rosalie hater
████████ 70% Jacob Hater
█████████ 80% easily dazzled
██████████ 90% Edward lova
███████████ 100% TWIHARD
Influences: Twilight Source
Favorite News Sources: Twilight Source
MAJOR KUDOS TO ALL MY FELLOW TWILIGHTERS!
We kicked some major flippin' butt in the woman of the year award. We beat Britney and Miley (Miley never had a chance I HATE HER) Beyonce and Katy Perry. HOLY CRAP! So according to MTV us and Lil' Wayne represent 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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╔╝╚╗♫╚╣║║║║╔╣ ♥ Edward Cullen♥
╔══╦══╦══╗ you have been diagnosed
║╔╗║╔═╣╔╗║ with Obsessive Cullen
║╚╝║╚═╣╚╝║ Disorder. Put this on your
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u know you're OBSESSED with Twilight when:
1.) You read all the books at least twice
2.) You spend your time on the Internet looking up Twilight
3.) You like to find songs that relate to Twilight
4.) You can quote lines from the books
5.) You annoy people by talking about it
6.) You can reread the books without getting bored
7.) You are extremely excited about the movie/other books
8.)You will bring your friends to the Twilight movie
9.) You actually get showered and ready for bed in a rush because you think that Edward will be waiting for you.
10.) You get disapointed when he's not there, so you pretend he's there any way.
♥«´¨• Twilight •´¨`»♥
♥«´¨• New Moon •´¨`»♥
♥«´¨• Eclipse •´¨`»♥
Country: United States
Occupation: Being obsessed with Edward
Companies: MT Books
Interests and Hobbies: Twilight, looking at pictues of Edward, looking at interviews with Robert Pattinson, hating on jacob
Movies and Shows: TWILIGHT! BEST MOVIE EVUR!!!!!
Music: The Mtch Hansen Band, The Bella Cullen Project, Paramore
Books: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn
Team Jacob's kind of ridiculos, again waht's the point of rooting for him when you know he's not gonna win. Here think about this; though Jacob claims he's in love with Bella he completely disregards Bella's feelings with his predjudice comments about vampires, though Edward may hate Jacob as much as Jacob does him Edward doesn't say things like that to Bella because he cares about her to much.
plus Jacob is...
Sort of homicidal
I am Team Edward, it's pretty obvious by now. Team Edwards the obvious pick and there's really no point. What's the point of rooting for Jacob when you know he's not gonna win. Edward cares for Bella and would do anything for her... and Edwards hot.
Edward is obviously more mature, he's a hundred and seven for god sakes and he fits Bella because, as Renee said, he and Bella are both old souls. We all new Edward was gonna win from the get go, anybody who picked up Twilight who knew anything beforehand knew that Edward was THE ONE! Jacob's just there to make the story interesting. Plus, remember New moon? Edward thought Bella was dead so he tried to kill himself. If Bella really did die he'd run away again probably attack Leah a few times whine a little and after a few months he'd be okay. Edward is the only one for Bella. It's obvious.
TWICASTS! My fave Twilight podcasts
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