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I am not a Twilight hater. I like to think that I’ve proven that from my almost 5 (FIVE!) years of dedication to the saga*. Yes, the books aren’t perfect (but I loved Breaking Dawn far more than I loved *some* other series enders (I’m glaring at you Allegiant)). Yes, the movies are
terrible terribly amazing. Yes, I think parts of the fandom are really weird. Yes, ROBSTEN kinda took the joy away from it after awhile (obviously because I’m such a hater & couldn’t stand their perfect love). And so while I try to act above it & cooler than it- and not like one of those “Twilight Fans,” I’m not. I’m basically a huge nerdy Twi-hard who only wears her Twilight Christian T-shirt around the house
and invites her perfectly normal friends (that she met on the internet because of Twilight) to sleep over and doesn’t mind when they snuggle with an Edward Cullen pillow:
That’s why I’m not ashamed to admit that when I saw this expose on Forks, Washington that my friend Marah produced, I had all the feels:
About 3 things I am positive: First, it doesn’t matter that it’s been over 5 years since I first read the books. Second, it doesn’t matter that I’d much rather spend my time writing about tons of other things I also obsess over here rather than just writing about Twilight. Third, I think there will always be a part of me, though I’m not sure how dominate that part will be, that is unconditionally and irrevocably in addicted to Twilight.
This video brought to mind a couple things:
1. Stephenie Meyer SAVED that town. I knew that in theory, but seeing it & hearing from the people in Forks, I was struck by what an incredible and RANDOM thing to happen to a tiny place. I bet there’s a huge portion of the population who would like nothing more than to never see anything associated with Twilight again, but Twilight SAVED it. What a weird thing to write a book, pick a place to set it in, and then be responsible for its survival. (Also.. I think Twilight fans will come for years (ME) but… eventually that is going to dry up. What then? I’m a little concerned. Do you have a back-up plan, Forks?)
I thought “Stephanie Meyer Day” was just some weird convention for people to get together and talk about how much they want to be BFFs with Stephenie, but it turns out it’s just a day in celebration of a woman who literally changed a town. That’s pretty special!
2. I want to go to Forks. Forks looks SO damn pretty & I regret not making it to Mecca in the past 5 years. But I know that one of these days I will make it there. With Nikki of course! Isle-Esme themed bedroom for 2 please!
3. Twilight the first movie (aka the worst movie) will forever be my favorite. I can’t look at clips of that blue, foggy film without getting so sentimental. To me that’s what Forks looks like 24/7. WHEN I make it to Mecca, if there is one speck of sun, I’m asking for a refund. I want blue, foggy, misty Forks of Twilight movie #1. And if they can throw in a TGIFridays-like Margarita with Cathy Hardi, I’ll be happy for life.
And that’s how I feel! Forks, Washington- it’s on my bucket list: Yachting in the Mediterranean, making it into Fast Company’s 20 under 20 (oh crap) and Visiting Forks. That’s Normal.
Have you ever been to Forks? Did you get all the Forks feels like I did watching this clip? Do you miss ROBSTEN?
*for you newbies, That’s Normal grew out of a Twilight Site that Nikki & I started in 2008 where we made fun of Twilight and Twilight fans but loved it and them so damn much.