'Twilight': Scenes from the 'Breaking Dawn' release party
Previously, only the "Harry Potter" series had inspired these nationwide book parties--nights where stores stay open late to host trivia games, costume contests and giveaways while counting down the clock until they're officially allowed to sell new books to eager fans.
There was also some lively debate about whom Bella should end up with. ... Team Jacob got pummelled by the overwhelming showing of Edward fans.
Apparently, the references to the Quileute tribe, its culture and lore, are so superficial and fleeting that even avid readers can't remember them. And Edward the white vampire is so much more appealing than Jacob the Quileute werewolf that he's won every girl's heart. Nice.
Would readers forget that, say, Little Tree is a Cherokee? Probably not. But they can't remember what should be a basic fact about Twilight's Indian.
This reminds me of Natty Bummpo and Chingachgook (The Last of the Mohicans) or the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Namely, a situation where the Anglo and Indian characters are supposedly equal but the Anglo is really superior. Where the Indian primarily serves to reflect glory on his predominant partner.
Not having read the series, I'm wondering what Jacob's fate will be in the fourth and final book. Will he die tragically while saving his true love Bella? That would fit my perception of Twilight. The noble savage vanishes sadly but inevitably, while the white victor settles into his place.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Books.
Below: Girls favor the Twilight character with the same skin color as theirs.