Avatar Now a Legitimate Target For Haters

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This is a response to my past self, who is a naive apologist for James Cameron. You, my past self should get over your old self and realize you just don’t know what is really going on. James Cameron didn’t just cut bacon on the myth story, he most ostensibly ripped off a specific author. Namely Poul Anderson and his story Call Me Joe.

io9 reports:

Many fans of Anderson suspect that the story was an important influence on Avatar, and some are calling for Anderson to be credited on the film. And it’s easy to see why.

Like AvatarCall Me Joe centers on a paraplegic — Ed Anglesey — who telepathically connects with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet (in this case, Jupiter). Anglesey, like Avatar‘s Jake Sully, revels in the freedom and strength of his artificial created body, battles predators on the surface of Jupiter, and gradually goes native as he spends more time connected to his artificial body.

Maybe, old self, I’m just raging against coincidence. Maybe not. Update: Link to story has some great debates about this in the comments.

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2 Responses to Avatar Now a Legitimate Target For Haters

  1. Rachello says:

    My opinion…all great ideas are inspired by something else. Think of the ancient story-tellers of primitive times passing along fantasy, fiction, history, or not. Story-telling, the art of it, didn’t used to have copyrights and “who did the original” tagged to it. I may come up with some interesting, maybe even semi-great stuff, but it’s always inspired (or ripped off) from some other person’s non-original take on something. Take pride out of the mix and you have story telling, as my great great great grandfather once told me beside the fire one night.

  2. johnnycat says:

    Yes, Rachello. And just like Mel Brooks illustrated in History of the World Part I, there was Sid Caesar as the first artist who drew on cave walls, and then a big furry guy urinated on it. The first critic.

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