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  When deciding where to set the vampire stories brewing in her brain, author Stephenie Meyer researched the rainiest places in America, eventually deciding on the real town of Forks, Washington. With a population of just over 3,000, the sleepy little logging town was a place to stop for lunch or rent a surfboard on the way to the nearby Hoh Rainforest or one of the beautiful beaches, and little more. When Meyer’s Twilight series exploded up the charts with impressive speed and force, that changed. So what happens to a small town thrust suddenly into the spotlight and onto the radar of millions of obsessed fans? I set out to see for myself, and think about other famous literary locales while I was at it.

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