By Albert Chessa
A recent post [on r/avatar] reminded me of how internally frustrated I get with others bagging on Avatar for no reason other than its trendy to do so.
But something always stops me from feeling the need to lash back out when others lash out at me --
I choose to spare myself from the debates, and continue to politely express why Avatar is worthwhile, and no-pressure suggest that anyone who disagrees would benefit from reconsidering their criticism.
That’s something that isn’t noted enough --
That Avatar fans don’t lash out nearly as much as Marvel/Star Wars fans.
We’re genuinely happy with what we have, and scarcity has taught us appreciation in the intervening years between film 1 and 2.
We haven’t been constantly stimulated by regular Avatar content (series, books, film, other), which has prompted us to really cherish and dive into what we do have (which is in-theme with the film, teaching us to appreciate and protect ‘Pandora on Earth’, our own creatures, cultures and environment) 🙏
Whenever someone feels the need to knock someone down in order to feel tall, it speaks of their insecurity that if they didnt do that, their beliefs and the thing they love would crumble, which would expose that their belief is in fact weaker because it’s easily shaken.
Doesn’t sound like a lot of confidence to me,
Like Cameron and his filmmaking style, I feel Avatar fans are resilient, and not shaken by doubters and critics.
And, also like Jim, the Avatar community is just quietly, self-sustainingly confident in the inherent worthwhile-ness and always-relevant message (and unparalleled artistry, and ultra-detailed world lore) of Avatar.
I’m grateful for that, for the insanely hard-working crew and cast of all upcoming Avatar projects, and for all of you here too ☺️