I finally found the book store and Bella Italia. It only took me about 10 tries. For some reason I just kept not seeing it. Anyway, those pictures are uploading to the gallery as I type this. I plan to have dinner at Bella Italia tonight and I went into the book store and purchased The Kite Runner. The FABS have already read it but the Book club that does not have a name yet is reading it as the next book.
I tried to get a picture of the house that the Cullen house was based on but that shop keeper wasn’t lying. A dog came flying out and there was a huge tree in front of it. Then some shady people started to creep out the woodwork. So I faked a turn around but wasn’t able to get a picture, just a glimpse of it from the side as I came down the drive. Still it wasn’t anything we imagine it to be, but I can imagine a Real estate Ad with no picture and just a description being the foundation for what we see the Cullen house as.
I was able to get a copy of the Forks Forum from Bella’s birthday aka. Stephenie Meyer Day and you are all welcome to read it.
Final Thoughts on Forks and Twilight
Forks was the friendliest place ever. Everyone I talked to and the establishments are all behind Twilight. For a struggling logging town this is the best thing that has happened to them in a long time. When I was taking the picture of the book store a kid rode passed me and made a remark, “Why are you taking a picture of a bookstore?” I smiled as he rode away. I thought to myself, “in two months this whole region is going to understand why I am taking a picture of this store.”
It is so very rare that fans of fiction ever get to have something physical to see. Most of the settings all take place within ones own head. The worlds are 100% left to the imagination and you create all of it from the authors words. Once I found out Forks was a real place I probably spent a good 3 days researching it, reading about it, and matching it up with Twilight. This place was REAL. Forks, La Push and Port Angeles – where so much of the story took place was within my grasp – to walk in the footsteps of characters I had experienced so much with. It takes the imagination to levels that it hardly ever gets to go.
All of us dream of experiencing things that we just aren’t sure will be possible. If I could be a Vampire Wizard Heir to the throne of Gondor believe me I would. I’ll never say something doesn’t exist or that something isn’t possible. To do that stomps on the dreams of the millions of people and children that believe in Vampires, Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and magical creatures of all kinds. It takes some real pompous egotism to do that and I won’t. I won’t because I understand how important these things are to people. People weave the very essences of fantasy into their own soul. “Perception is Reality” :p … I feel very strongly about this sort of thing and I’ll do everything I can to make sure people keep on having dreams and fantasy. Ever since I started to write my book (which is almost complete) I have had one sentiment in mind: “I don’t care if it flops on its face and I never write again. I don’t care if everyone in the world hates it. If one day, some kid down on his luck finds my book and it gives him some escape from life that he has been longing for… then it was worth every second I spent writing it.”
Even though Canada gave me the boot (har har “aboot”), going all the way up here to see Forks was totally worth the effort.
Well geez Danny, so what now? Well! you guys totally delivered with the suggestions (as you did with the whole trip) and I’m formulating a new plan as I write this. My map is right here and its time to get to work. I should have a plan before the night is out!
Danny Machal October 23rd, 2008