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To be honest, I kind of debated on rather to post this or not. But as other fan fiction has been posted on this site, I thought I'd go ahead and drop mine in, as well, if no one had any objections. So here it is. It's called Dreamwalker: A Pandora Chronicle, but it's not really a novel or essay or anything literary. To best describe it, this is written as a sort of strategy guide to my own mentally developed Avatar video game (in other words, what I'd like to see in a well-thought out and executed game adaptation; who knows, maybe we'll get one sometime in the future?). I crafted it as a prequel to the film to allow myself some creative space, and though I will admit that some elements borrow heavily from what we've already seen in the first…Read more >
Today while browsing a local bookstore, I noticed a magazine with the theatrical poster of Avatar on its cover. I normally don't read magazines and couldn't honestly care less about them, but because it was about Avatar, I couldn't resist. As it turns out, the name of the magazine is the Christian Research Journal. Don't know if anyone out there knows about it (I know I didn't), but inside it features a very lengthy article about the themes and spiritual spectrum covered in the film. I gave it a read, but what I really wanted to do was post it here on the site to share it with everyone else to see what you guys think. I've included a link of the article below for anyone who wishes to read it and share their opinion. Please note that it's in…Read more >
Anyone who's seen Avatar will instantly recognize the above quote, spoken by none other than Colonel Quaritch during he and Jake's final confrontation. Midway through their battle, Quaritch taunts, "Hey, Sully, how's it feel to betray your own race?" And as a viewer, one cannot help but contemplate such a thought-provoking comment. I write this blog not to impose my own opinion, but to hear the thoughts of others on the matter by asking a few questions. Answer however you wish. I will listen keenly.
- From a perspective of our race as human beings, could Jake's allegiance to the Na'vi be considered a betrayal? Even if he was defending the lives of an oppressed peopl? If so, are there instances in life when "betrayal" is necessary to defend th…
Toward the end of the film, when Jake Sully wakes up in his avatar in the ashen ruins of Hometree, what did he mean when he said that "he was in the place that the eye does not see"? Could this refer to how a country's general populace who adamantly supports its military does not, for the most part, ever truly witness the horrific reality of militaristic cruelty and violence on foreign soil? Or the innocents who are inevitably caught in the crossfire because of a warring nation's ambitions? Perhaps it could also refer to James Cameron's quote "We know what it feels like to launch the missiles. We don't know what it feels like for them to land on our home soil, not in America." Keep in mind that this is just my interpretation, but I would l…Read more >
Found these snippets on the Avatar film page of Wikipedia, and they've been posted for months now (practically ever since the film's release) but they've been bugging me, so I wanted to share them. Here they are:
- Armond White of the New York Press wrote that Cameron used villainous American characters to misrepresent facets of militarism, capitalism, and imperialism.
- Russell D. Moore in The Christian Post concluded that propaganda exists in the film and stated, "If you can get a theater full of people in Kentucky to stand and applaud the defeat of their country, then you've got some amazing special effects."
Where to begin? Really? Where, exactly, in the film, was any facet of militarism, capitalism, or imperialism misrepresented? Is this Armond Wh…Read more >