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Twilight in Forks-Saga of the Real Town (2010)

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Forks Phenomenon

  • Mar 23, 2010
Four hours away from Seattle, Washington lies the town of Forks--once a logging town, now revitalized by author Stephanie Meyers' series of young adult books--Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1), The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse (The Twilight Saga) and Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) starring vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen and the love of his long life, human teenager Bella Swan.

Approximately 90 minutes, this documentary explores Forks from the perspective of the town's lifeblood--its people. Sumptuously beautiful with a full spectrum of natural attractions: amazing timberland, the Olympic Natural Park, the windswept beaches of La Push, Rialto and Kalaloch, the Hoh Rain Forest, the Sol Duc Falls, Quileute Indian Reservation land and the intimate setting of a small American town, Forks boasts of a major tourist influx in the last few years since the Twilight books and films have rekindled the romantic imagination of the nation and the world.

For the most part this presentation is geared towards Twilight fans only. I don't believe anyone other than a die-hard fan would be willing to devote 90 minutes of their time to watch what is basically a travel log outlining the phenomenal growth of an otherwise declining town in desperate need of revitalization from a once booming timber industry.

Along came Stephanie Meyers and her cast of centuries old vampires and the Quileute werewolves to infuse the dying area with new blood in the form of tourists and business.

Mainly a compendium of various local interviews, "Twilight in Forks" acts as a huge thank you card to all the Twilight fans from grateful townspeople who so enjoy sharing their lives and the place they live with Twi-heads all around the United States and the world. Highlighted is the Twilight tour which escorts a mini-busload of the books' lovers to noted points of interest--the Swan residence, the Cullen House, the Forks High School, Jacob Black's house and La Push beach and interviews with two Quileute elders who explain the tribe's actual relationship with shape shifting wolves that are featured so prominently in the books.

Of course, there is a concentration on the fans who have arrived in droves and have actually moved to Forks as well as teachers, website bloggers and the MTV Twilight Tuesday segment host who attempt to explain the love affair between the books, characters and the people who cannot get enough of the whole series and their associated films.

Bottom line? If you love Twilight and are curious about the town of Forks in Washington State, you will probably enjoy this 90 minute presentation that affords you a townsfolk view of just what its like to live in the Twilight Zone and experience what the popularity of the books and the films have done to revitalize a town once on the decline. If you are expecting guest appearances from the cast from the films, skip this one as it concentrates on the business men and women who cannot believe their good fortune and the fans who have made an economic bonanza possible and encouragingly sustainable. Recommended and rated only for the die hard Twilight fan. For those who haven't a clue about this fan phenomenon, find something else to watch.
Diana Faillace Von Behren

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Twilight in Forks: The Saga of the Real Townis not theTwilightfilm based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, but a documentary about the impact of theTwilightbooks and movies on the real-life town of Forks, Washington, the setting of Meyer's four-bookTwilightseries and the movies that followed them. Filmed in Forks, this 84-minute documentary presents extensive interview footage of the town's residents, including chamber of commerce members, store owners, students, teachers, and Quileute tribal elders, as well as a variety ofTwilightfans from around the United States. Interspersed are absolutely breathtaking views of one of the most scenic places in the Pacific Northwest. Following a quick overview of the mystique of this rainy, yet beautiful area, the film is divided into six sections. The "Fans" segment is an enthusiastic celebration of all thingsTwilight, featuring interviews with a wide variety ofTwilightfans, including star-struck teenage girls, their mothers and grandmothers, managers ofTwilight-related websites,Twilightparodists, an MTV senior writer, and a middle-aged father who credits theTwilightseries with bringing him closer to his teenage daughter. There's no denying that theTwilightphenomenon has hugely impacted the small town of Forks, and the "People" section of the film chronicles how Forks residents feel about the increased tourism in and visibility of their small town. The "Tour" segment focuses on the town's newly developedTwilighttours, and "Characters" ...
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Cast: Various
Director: Jason Brown
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2010
Runtime: 77 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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