Team Edward or Team Jacob?


Rain forest near the Olympic National Forest and the Soleduck River; photo by James P. Blair


The latest movie in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn–Part 1, was just released with the 5th-best opening weekend ever, according to an Entertainment Weekly report. The saga follows the love triangle of a human girl, Bella, and the vampire (Edward) and werewolf (Jacob) who are in love with her. The characters live in the small town of Forks, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. Revisit National Geographic content to find out more about challenges facing wolf populations in the United States today and about the real-life vampires that are roaming the country. Visit the movie locales with a trip through the scenic Olympic Peninsula or visit a Brazilian beach, as Edward and Bella do on their honeymoon. Perhaps more information will help you choose your team!

  • Wolf populations are on the rise in the American West and Douglas Chadwick surveys the challenges they are up against in his March 2010 article, Wolf Wars : “Packs are making a comeback. That’s a thrill for wildlife lovers. But wolves are still wolves, killing cattle and elk. Many Westerners are angry. And so, the age-old fight over land and food has begun anew.”  Photos by Jeff Vanuga. And vampires? Well, they’re apparently out there. Check out a video clip from the National Geographic show, Taboo, about people living the vampire lifestyle.
  • In National Geographic magazine’s Nature’s Champion: Olympic National Park (July 2004), John G. Mitchell recounts the making of the park, starting in 1897 with the establishment of a reserve, and the often contentious relationship between conservationists and loggers. Mitchell describes the beauty of the rain forest, saying “Among American landscapes, Olympic National Park just might be better than it ever gets.” Photos by Melissa Farlow accompany the article. If you’re in the mood to visit, check out an Olympic Peninsula road trip from our “Drives of a Lifetime” series, which includes stops at Port Angeles and La Push.
  • Looking for an isolated beach in Brazil for a honeymoon? Read about otherworldly Lencois Maranhenses in National Geographic magazine’s Brazilian Dunes (July 2010). Ronaldo Ribeiro says: “By any name it is a magical desert, with wave after wave of shimmering white sand. Shoals of silvery fish swim in brilliant blue and green pools left behind by the rains.” Photos of the magical sandscape by George Steinmetz. Find more Brazilian beaches and guides on our travel site.

Want more on vampires? Check out the book Vampire Forensics, by Mark Collins Jenkins, and the DVD, Is It Real? Vampires, at National Geographic’s online store.

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