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Forks, Washington Not the Only Town to Benefit from “Twilight” Films

By Tracy Rosenfield

hollywoodnews.com: As you likely know, the Forks, Washington economy has been positively affected by the “Twilight” franchise. Despite the “Twilight” films never actually filming in Forks, much of the film sets were made to look like buildings located in Forks. Now the town plays regular host to “Twilight” fans and some town members have even become entrepreneurs, starting “Twilight” tours and gift shops.

However, Forks isn’t the only town benefiting from the series. Port Angeles, Washington, which played a central role in the first “Twilight” film and is frequently mentioned in the “Eclipse” novel, is also gaining tourism. This is the town where Bella buys a book on Quileute legends and discovers Edward is a vampire. It’s also where she almost gets assaulted by a group of boys before Edward comes to her rescue in his shiny silver Volvo.

Cruise ships have been stopping over in Port Angeles on their way to Vancouver, B.C., but 2009 and 2010 were the first years since the “Twilight” films were made. While some passengers just visit for the scenery, the 900 to 1800 people disembarking from the ships have the chance to visit some of the “Twilight”-related places. In particular, “Dazzled by Twilight”, a gift shop which is popular among fans of the novels and films.

Though Port Angeles doesn’t see as many “Twilight” fans as Forks, they are just as excited to welcome them and hope to continue to host them through the release of the final “Breaking Dawn” film, if not longer.

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About Tracy Rosenfield

Tracy, a Chicago native, is a Client Services Manager for one of the world's largest internet marketing companies. When Tracy isn't working, she spends her free time with friends, watching films, planning her wedding, traveling and blogging. In the past year, she's allowed "Twilight" to take over her life. She's interacted with and met numerous members of the cast, including the entire Cullen coven (excluding Nikki Reed) and the entire Wolf Pack (excluding Taylor Lautner). She visited the "Eclipse" set and has seen many of the locations where the upcoming film will take place. Tracy has experience both reporting on "The Twilight Saga" and interviewing cast members. She's looking forward to bringing you the most exciting "Twilight" news with a unique perspective - She's over 30 , a self-proclaimed Twi-hard, and "Team Edward". Watch out Twi-hards - here she comes!

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  • June 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m confused as to why they posted a picture of the book store from the movie which is NOT in Port Angeles.

  • June 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hi Madison,

    Thanks for your comment. The purpose in posting the picture was to remind readers that pivotal scenes were supposed to have taken place in Port Angeles (like Bella finding the book at the book store). None of the movie shots were actually filmed in the settings in which they are supposed to take place.

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