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Do you live in the 'Twilight' belt?

November 18, 2011 |  1:06 pm

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Fans of Twilight form an intense slash through the country, according to Goodreads. More than 880,000 Goodreads members have read "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer, and the company parsed its numbers to discover that if you live in South Carolina, you're more likely to run into a fellow "Twilight" reader than if you live in North Carolina.

The map above shows "Twilight" lovers are concentrated in red states. From the top, that's South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, then east to Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama, with a hop over to South Carolina.

Pink states are somewhat warm on the book, turquoise states less enthusiastic, and deep blue states decidedly cool on the vampire saga. The proportion of readers to population is fairly consistent, Goodreads says, except for Utah. That's the 34th most populous state, with the sixth-highest total number of "Twilight" readers. Could it be that Stephenie Meyer's Mormon beliefs make her teenage vampire romance appealing to the heavily Mormon state?

One other Goodreads metric that may not be a mystery: "Twilight" is read by12 times as many women as it is by men.

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Graphic: Goodreads

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