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01-17-2010, 04:42 PM #1
'Avatar' leaves audiences depressed for not being real![DOWN][/DOWN]
Acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron's 3D science fiction epic "Avatar" and its spectacular world may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world shown in the movie.
On the fan forum site "Avatar Forums," a topic thread entitled "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible," has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope, reports the website of the news organisation cnn.com.
The topic became so popular that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie.
A user named Mike wrote on the fan website "Naviblue" that he contemplated suicide after seeing the movie.
"Ever since I went to see 'Avatar' I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na'vi made me want to be one of them. I can't stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it," Mike posted. "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in 'Avatar'," he added.
Other fans have expressed feelings of disgust with the human race and disengagement with reality.
Cameron's movie, which has pulled in more than USD 1.4 billion in worldwide box office sales and could be on track to be the highest grossing film of all time, is set in the world of Pandora which is reminiscent of a prehistoric fantasyland, filled with dinosaur-like creatures mixed with the kinds of fauna found in the deep reaches of the ocean. Compared with life on Earth, Pandora is a beautiful, glowing utopia.
Ivar Hill posts to the "Avatar" forum page under the name Eltu. He wrote about his post-"Avatar" depression after he first saw the film.
"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed ... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning," Hill wrote on the forum. "It just seems so ... meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep ... doing things at all. I live in a dying world."
Stephan Quentzel, psychiatrist and Medical Director for the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York said: "Virtual life is not real life and it never will be, but this is the pinnacle of what we can build in a virtual presentation so far. It has taken the best of our technology to create this virtual world and real life will never be as utopian as it seems onscreen. It makes real life seem more imperfect."
Within the fan community, suggestions for battling feelings of depression after seeing the movie include things like playing "Avatar" video games or downloading the movie soundtrack, in addition to encouraging members to relate to other people outside the virtual realm and to seek out positive and constructive activities.
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01-18-2010, 12:48 AM #2
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