Tuesday I mentioned the signs of vampires in Forks.
The “Twilight” phenomenon has taken over the town. We rolled in a few days after a big celebration in honor of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer. Sept. 13, the birthday of Meyer’s fictional heroine, Isabella “Bella” Swan, apparently was Stephenie Meyer Day in Forks. And the signs are still everywhere.
Readerboards and shop windows all over town bear little hints of the town’s infatuation with the book, author and characters who put them on the map.
On the way into Forks on 101 from the north, you’ll see this sign:
I’m not sure about the “race fans” reference. Here’s the flip side:
In town, the readerboard at the Dew Drop Inn sports these messages:
Sully’s Burgers was closed, but these images are still soaped (or shoe polished?) onto the windows:
Sorry about the flash in that first pic. I had to shoot this dry-erase board special through the window, so it’s no good either:
There are stacks of “Twilight” novels in the local Thriftway, and I have to tell you about Pacific Pizza. We had some take-out from Pacific in town Wednesday night, and nearly every window in the place still bears a “Twilight” message. They advertise Ed Bread (named after Edward Cullen, Bella’s vampire beau), Swan Salad and, my favorite, Bellazagna. I didn’t have my camera at the restaurant, but I doubt you really need to see the “I (heart) Edward)” sign or the bloody hand prints. Also, there’s a tribute to www.twilightmoms.com, whose members apparently descended upon the town last weekend. How many members? “Like, all 1,000 of them,” according to the girl at the counter. I think she might have been exaggerating.
The restaurant was still advertising tours of Forks High School (Bella’s school; did I mention this is a young-adult series?) and a “Wolf Dance” at La Push, all of which took place last weekend. The wolf thing is a reference to the werewolves who, according to the novels, inhabit the Quileute Indian Reservation in La Push. Some of the story takes place there on First Beach and in the Quileute cemetery.
We drove by the high school and the police station, which also are mentioned in the books, but there was nothing interesting to shoot. However, we cruised by Forks Community Hospital and snapped this shot:
Dr. Cullen is Edward’s father. I believe he treats Bella after a car accident.
By the way, apparently not every establishment in town is on the “Twilight” bandwagon: