Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fletch 'Avatar' Driving Fans To Suicide?

That's the heading of an internet news article I read today - 'Avatar' driving us to suicide, say fans.

And why is that, you may ask? Well, according to the article, the alien world of Pandora is so beautiful and the 3D makes it so real that fans actually pine for it and are depressed at having to wake up every day in our world.
LOS ANGELES: 'Avatar' may have enthralled worldwide audiences with its imagery of an utopian alien world but movie-goers have complained of depression and even suicidal thoughts after watching the sci-fi hit.

Fans of James Cameron's 3D magnum opus are seemingly finding it hard to separate fact from fiction and Internet forums have been flooded with posts by movie-goers plagued with suicidal thoughts about not being able to visit the planet Pandora, reported CNN online.

North American fan site 'Avatar Forums' has received 2,000 posts under a thread entitled 'Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible'.

Forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian said, "The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don't have here on earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed."
We Christians also hope for a better world when we die called Heaven, but it is only in belief in the saving power of the sacrifice of God's son, Jesus Christ that gives us the hope that we will one day be with Him there.

8 comment(s):

KG said...

The world we live in is staggeringly beautiful, for those with the energy to go look and the wit to appreciate it.
What these idiots want is to be spoon-fed paradise.

Ciaron said...

I have no objection to stupid people relinquishing their oxygen allowance. I'm no psychiatrist, but I'd venture there would be more reasons to those peoples depression than a bloody movie.

Oswald Bastable said...

'The world we live in is staggeringly beautiful, for those with the energy to go look and the wit to appreciate it.'


ZenTiger said...

Feeling suicidal after watching blue skinned people frolic in an exotic jungle? Sounds like a standard case of "Smurf Disease".

Psycho Milt said...

I remember in the mid-70s reading a piece in the newspaper about a teenager in England who'd thrown himself off the roof because he'd read Watership Down and couldn't stand the fact he wasn't one of the rabbits. People unable to figure out a useful response to their lives not being what they'd like them to be have been around for a long time - probably as long as people have.

ZenTiger said...

Sounds like he was one of the rabbits, unfortunately.

I like the theme song for Watership Down, as sung by Art Garfunkel.

MathewK said...

Would be nice if this Pandora did exist, i'd be on my way there, to join the rest of us earthlings kicking ass and colonizing the planet.

Not being expelled by a bunch of bow & arrow savages like in the leftist fantasy.

I.M Fletcher said...

Zen, interesting fact - the theme for Watership Down was written by Mike Batt, who wrote all the songs for those Wombles albums in the 1970s (of which I had one when I was a kid). The songwriting was actually very good and they still sound catchy.

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