Short answer…yes. While fans of Avatar will be able to enjoy a prequel of sorts to Avatar (potentially by the end of this year), said prequel will not be arriving in movie theaters, but instead on bookshelves. According to MTV, James Cameron will be writing a prequel companion novel to Avatar that will fill in some of the gaps that were missing in the film.
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This is very similar to what Cameron did with The Abyss. He didn't write the novel himself, but he hired Orson Scott Card to "flesh out" the story of the movie. As such, the first 3 chapters were devoted to explaining the history and backstory of each of the 3 main characters in side stories that were not shown or referenced in the movie at all. Search on Google for -> abyss chapter buddy <- and you can read the first chapter for free on Card's site. This will give you an idea of what Cameron's approach with the Avatar novel will probably be.
im so excited
No. Fail. If fans feel gypped out of explanations impertinent to the film's plot, then not having a bad book packed with exposition to fill them in is the least of their problems.
Avatar was the same old "Fern Gully" and "Pocahontas" story. Fleshing out the universe of Avatar would be pretty lame in my opinion, as it would just tell the history of a couple of seperate characters, and should therefore be seperate stories. Jake and Dr. Augistine didn't meet until Pandora, and Pandora is the interesting part of this story. The prequel should be about Pandora, not Jake, and should be something new and fresh, not yet another story of humanities' greed overwhelming a "primitive" society.
I admit I enjoyed the movie for the 3-d effect. The movie story line has been done already great example Dances with wolves. Explores move in take over native's lands 1 explore has a change of heart, goes "native"and turns on his on people because of the unmorale way they are treating the local population.
I enjoyed Avatar and will read the books but I wonder why nobody has mentioned the sorta kinda similarity to Barsoom and Pandora, and why not do the incredebly rich vivid Barsoom saga with this new technology? hummmmmmm?
I'm not really one to need the bedazzlement of things jumping out at my face in order to enjoy a movie, but that is neither here nor there. I thought Avatar was great simply because of its characters and storyline. So sure, an Avatar prequel in the form of a book seems like something that might be enjoyable, for those readin' types at least.
I'm in, as long as the plot is better than the one in the actual movie
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