Reuters’ Alex Dobuzinski expands upon a theme we’ve been posting about a lot concerning the “Twilight” teen vampire books and movies. They’re much in the news again these days because of the release of the most recent film, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Here’s how Dobuzinski puts it:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It took “Twilight” to do what Hollywood’s major studios have struggled with for over a century — treat Native American teenagers like normal kids.
No leather loincloths, no hair feathers, no dancing around campfires, no tales of woe on reservations.
Sure, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which opens in theaters on Wednesday, is pure fantasy with its tale of romance among vampires and the werewolves who sometimes stalk them, but for the actors of the “Wolf Pack” their roles seem very real.
When they aren’t battling vampires with their razor-like claws and sharp teeth, the werewolves take the human form of Native Americans from the Quileute tribe.
Chaske Spencer, who plays the leader of the pack, told Reuters that working in the “Twilight” movies has been exciting because it portrays Native Americans in a new and positive light and is aimed at a young audience.
Members of the Wolf Pack dress like modern kids at the mall in denim jeans and shirts — when they are wearing shirts because the pack is famously bare-chested in much of the movies — and they posses a quick wits and generous spirits.
“There’s a lot of stereotypes that have been squashed,” Spencer tells Reuters. “We’re part of this pop culture phenomenon, and we’re put in a different light. And the kids see that, and they’re digging on it. They love that vibe.”