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Topic: Is there a book that tells the Avatar story?

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Subject: Is there a book that tells the Avatar story?
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 3:34 AM ET
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the movie with the blue people, sorry if this is the wrong area.  thanks for your help!

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 10:27 PM ET
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It wasnt (to the best of my knowledge) based on a sci fi story if that's what you are asking.  There are already quite a few books out based on the movie though.

From Wikipedia:

 

Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora, a 224-page book in the form of a field guide to the film's fictional setting of the planet of Pandora, was released by Harper Entertainment on November 24, 2009.[84] It is presented as a compilation of data collected by the humans about Pandora and the life on it, written by Maria Wilhelm and Dirk Mathison. HarperFestival also released Wilhelm's 48-page James Cameron's Avatar: The Reusable Scrapbook for children.[85]The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure was released on November 30, 2009 by Abrams Books.[86] The book features detailed production artwork from the film, including production sketches, illustrations by Lisa Fitzpatrick, and film stills. Producer John Landau wrote the foreword, Cameron wrote the epilogue, and director Peter Jackson wrote the preface.


 

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 4:25 AM ET
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I've seen a few mentions of Poul Anderson's story "Call Me Joe" as a probable influence for some aspects of the plot; I've not read it, but glancing at a summary the premise seems remarkably similar.

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 4:36 PM ET
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I guess there are similarities but it's quite a different story. I can see how it might be considered an influence but only an influence. Everyone in Joe is angry and there's no (if I recall correctly) aliens actually living on the planet prior to Joe. The only real match is t hat he's been modified to exist on the planet with a human controller (he's modified and contacts the controller person but he's autonomous) and he decides to stay. I did read it a while ago though so I could be mistaken about some of the details. It's a good story but I didn't think of it when I saw Avatar. Which I really liked by the way -very enjoyable movie!

 



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Date Posted: 1/4/2010 7:40 PM ET
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See, when I saw Avatar I kept being reminded of Fern Gully. . . but no one but me seems to think that, so maybe I'm way off base. Or maybe everyone's just forgotten that poor non-Disney animated movie. . . ;)

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 7:58 PM ET
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ya know when i saw the movie I thought that it reminded me of Fern Gully as well.

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 8:29 PM ET
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now that you mention it.  I totally see the connection -It's much more like Fern Gully than Call me Joe. happy, simple but intelligent creatures -at one with nature, environmental issues, bad guys with contruction equipment wow it's spot on...  I have to believe a lot of people made that connection.  If they remembered Fern Gully (which I didn't until you mentioned it)

I liked Avatar a lot more. 

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Date Posted: 1/6/2010 8:41 AM ET
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If you want the basic story many people have said it's like Dances with Wolves.

Based on this article, if you want to read a book about Avatar, just read Pocahantas:

;)

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:09 PM ET
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Or, you can try Timothy Zahn's Manta's Gift. Same idea about a human going to an alien planet not in his own body. Beyond that though...

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:44 PM ET
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oh,  I've read Manta's Gift I thought it was really good.