Like their undead heroes, legions of Twihards — fans of the vampire-themed Twilight books and movies — live on, fed by social media sites that unite fans from around the globe.
This October marks a decade since publication of the first Twilight tale of forbidden romance between handsome teen vampire Edward and his all-too-human-girlfriend Bella. The story, set in Forks, eventually grew to include four best-selling novels, with more than 100 millions copies sold in 38 languages, and five movies that grossed more than $1.36 billion worldwide.
While some of the Twilight mania has faded over the years, the town of Forks continues to celebrate with an annual festival known as Forever Twilight in Forks, which gets underway this year Thursday.
This year’s star attraction: Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has announced that she plans to be in Forks on Sept. 12 to sign copies of her Twilight books.
To find out how to register to get your copy of “Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse” or “Breaking Dawn” signed by the author, you can check back on Meyer’s blog at stepheniemeyer.com, follow her Fickle Fish Films account (@FickleFishFilms) on Twitter or consult the Forever Twilight in Forks Facebook page.
Other events include a tour of Forks High School, costume and skit contests, a bazaar, book sale, tribal drumming and singing, a dinner date with a vampire, guided hikes in the Hoh Rainforest and to Second Beach, and the opportunity to donate blood at the American Red Cross Bloodmobile.
FOREVER TWILIGHT IN FORKS
When: Thursday-Sept. 13.
Where: Locations throughout the Forks area.
Admission: Free, but there is a cost for some events. Organizers also are selling a special weekend escape package for $200 per person.
Information: See a complete weekend schedule at forevertwilightinforks.com.