In the wake of the Golden Globe victory of James Cameron’s sci fi epic Avatar, I came across a repot by CNN which really made me sad that I actually share the same air as many of these people. It turns out that there is a truckload of sad sacks out there in fly over country who have become so obsessed with the film (as well as the imaginary planet where the movie takes place, Pandora) that it may have lead them to contemplate killing themselves.
According to the report, a thread popped up on one of the many fan sites dedicated to the billion dollar blockbuster entitled “Way to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible”. This thread contained over 1000 posts from people all over creation lamenting that Pandora is not real and that it is not possible for them to shed their mortal coils and become seven foot tall blue cat people (like in the movie). These lamentations have morphed into an unhealthy obsession, if you will, with many watching the movie several times as well losing interest in the real world in which we all live.
"I wasn't depressed myself. In fact the movie made me happy ," states Philippe Baghdassarain, forum administrator for “avatar-forums” where the thread can be found 9as well as the second such thread which Baghdassarain had to crate to meet the demand for people needing to reach out and touch someone. "But I can understand why it made people depressed. 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."
Now we have all been a little bummed before about the blandness of our day to day lives. And who among us has not, at some point or another, wished that real life could be as exciting as it is in the movies. But for someone to feel so depressed over a fucking movie that they lose all will to live is , fr lack of a better word, fucking pathetic.
I get being obsessed with a movie. I wave my hands in front of automated doors to pretend I am opening them with the Force all the time. But I am not putting my life on hold because am sad that I don’t have a higher Midi-chlorian count…
But perhaps crawling into the heads of some of these wing nuts might help the rest of us wrap our brains the minds of these losers…
One poster, Elequin, states in her post:
"That's all I have been doing as of late, searching the Internet for more info about 'Avatar.' I guess that helps. It's so hard I can't force myself to think that it's just a movie, and to get over it, that living like the Na'vi will never happen. I think I need a rebound movie."
And that’s just the mild stuff. Others have expressed a tad bit deeper cases of the blues:
Yeah, I've been getting depression after viewing this movie as well, mainly because I want to go to Pandora and I know I can't. :(
Keeper f na’vi:
I had a couple other forums I posted on before I went to Avatar, and literally after seeing the movie I lost all the will to post there and no longer post anymore
I lost the will to do a lot of things
Me too, I haven't been on any other forums, have not been on xbox live and tons more. All I want to do is see more Avatar and Pandora! And with that, comes the depression/emptiness feeling that I can never go to Pandora.
And of course, the saddest post of them all y someone calling himself “Mike”…
"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. 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.' "
It’s enough to make you wonder why the Chinese just don’t start rolling the tanks straight for the white House, ain’t it?
Now I do realize that out of the thousands and thousands of posts on the site I looked at (www.avatar-forum.com), only a scant few of people so lost in their desire to live in the world of Pandora that it has consumed their every being. The rest of the site is actually sadder than that.
Sad people with empty meaningless lives that long to be part of a fantasy world instead of taking part in the very real one going on around them. Let’s just hope no one on these message boards makes a batch of magical “Na’vi Kool Aid’ and go all Jim Jones out there (though should one be looking for an easy buck, figuring out how to say “Come to me my babies, let me quell your pain” in the made up Na’vi tongue might be good place to start…).