The New York Times Cover the Forks Transformation

The New York Times took a trip to Port Angeles and Forks. They got a first hand glimpse of the changes the towns have experienced.

“Charlene Leppell’s longtime flower and gift shop was on the brink of closing until she started printing up “Bella for Prom Queen” T-shirts and applying glitter to red ceramic apples. Now her shop, renamed Twilight Central, is doing so well that “the question isn’t whether I could afford to take a vacation this year,” Ms. Leppell said, “but whether I could take off time from the store.”

Check out the two-page New York Times Forks feature. Also check out their photogallery.

Dakota Fanning: NY Times Interview

The New York Times has a brief article and photo gallery featuring Dakota Fanning who they describe as a grounded 15-year-old going on 30.

“Dakota Fanning is so self-possessed and so articulate that the only reminder you’re speaking with a 15-year-old and not someone much older is her occasional tendency to giggle when she’s sharing some droll aspect of her life.”

Check out the full spread on the New York Times.

Robert Pattinson: It’s a Hair Thing

Perhaps the answer for the guys who can’t quite figure out “What is it about this Pattinson dude?” lies in Rob’s hair. At least the New York Times thinks that has something to do with it.

“ROBERT PATTINSON — he of the wild, teased mane — may stand alone in this summer’s teenage-adulation market: Us Weekly published its first-ever “bookazine” about him and his “Twilight” co-stars, a decision Janice Min, then the editor, chalked up to a “hunk recession.”

His hair, however, has plenty of competition. There is a minor eruption of major hair atop the country’s young male populace — and, as hair is wont to do, it’s growing.”

See the rest of the New York Time’s take on hair raising success.

Electronic Piracy Threatens Publishers and Authors

The New York Times examines various author and publisher sentiments on the double-edged sword of electronic books.  Now that they are in this format, it’s a never-ending battle to keep them off of file sharing sites.

“It’s exponentially up,” said David Young, chief executive of Hachette Book Group, whose Little, Brown division publishes the “Twilight” series by Stephenie Meyer, a favorite among digital pirates. “Our legal department is spending an ever-increasing time policing sites where copyrighted material is being presented.”

Everyone from Stephen King, to Ursula K. Le Guin, to Harlan Ellison chimes in about a problem that Russell Davis describes as, “…a game of Whac-a-Mole. You knock one down and five more spring up.”

Despite the piracy, the Twilight Saga is still bringing in big bucks for parent company Hachette.

Get the full story on the New York Times.