Twilight in Forks explores how films, books, fans impact Twilight’s real setting

When they’re not standing in line to watch The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Twilight fans do more than swoon over Robert Pattinson’s sparkling abs, Kristen Stewart’s hair color, and Taylor Lautner’s blank stare: they take pilgrimages to Forks, Wash., a real town where the Twilight books and movies are set. As part of the merchandise and media the series has spawned, there’s a documentary about its impact on its setting that’s been on DVD for a few months now.

Twilight in Forks: The Saga of the Real Town, was released last fall by Summit Entertainment, the production company behind the films. It explores both the series’ fans and the impact it had on Forks, Wash., which is a real town, through “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 of Twilight fans from around the United States,” according to Amazon’s description.

There was also apparently a second documentary, Forks: Bitten by Twilight, but it doesn’t seem to be available. The Seattle Times reported that Summit Entertainment “filed a federal lawsuit [in early February] in California accusing Renton’s Topics Entertainment of ripping off its cover art”; “Summit’s documentary was filmed and produced by Heckelsville Media” and Summit’s lawsuit “claims that Heckelsville talked to [Topics Chief Executive Officer Greg] James last August about possibly selling the licensing rights to Topics, but James was not familiar with the ‘Twilight’ movies.”

Here’s the extended trailer for Twilight in Forks: Saga of the Real Town:

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