Forks, Washington is the setting for Stephanie Meyer’s Twlight series. While I’m not a Twlight ‘fan’, I appreciate it any time an author sparks a reading frenzy as she has. And today, we drove through Forks (on the way to somewhere else, but we decided we had to stop). We went to the visitor center and chatted with the proprieters who reported that 73,000 people passed through their doors in 2010. We were the only ones today.
Forks is a town of 3000 people. The visitor center employee, who was very nice and knowledgable, said that 95% percent of the citizens of Forks were supportive of their role in the Twilight series and had embraced the tourists and the experience. (She has a bumper sticker which says ‘Team Jacob’. He has my vote too 🙂
Her parting comment was how wonderful it was to be part of a ‘modern day Romeo and Juliet’. I suppose that’s true if you consider that in both stories, the hero and heroine end up dead. Otherwise . . . hmm, maybe not.
That said, the real reason to visit the Olympic Penninsula is not to see Forks, but for this: