The Ultimate Fan's Guide to Avatar, James Cameron's Epic Movie (unauthorized) [NOOK Book]

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This is an indispensable and witty guide to James Cameron's movie, Avatar. At over 45,000 words this is the most comprehensive analysis of Avatar yet produced. Kevin Patrick Mahoney examines the accusations of racism that have been hurled at the film, the controversial depiction of the US Marine Corps, Pandoran sexual relations, and depictions of disability in Avatar and other SF films.
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The Ultimate Fan's Guide to Avatar, James Cameron's Epic Movie (unauthorized)

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Overview

This is an indispensable and witty guide to James Cameron's movie, Avatar. At over 45,000 words this is the most comprehensive analysis of Avatar yet produced. Kevin Patrick Mahoney examines the accusations of racism that have been hurled at the film, the controversial depiction of the US Marine Corps, Pandoran sexual relations, and depictions of disability in Avatar and other SF films.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000890370
  • Publisher: Punked Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 425 KB

Meet the Author

I was born in Slough in 1972, and where I went to Slough Grammar School (although it was called Upton Grammar then). I attended Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge for three glorious years (during which the University changed name twice - from AHEC, AP, to APU), where I was a member of Cambridge Student TV and a founding member of the Cambridge Media Group. Returning to Slough, I worked for Ottakars booksellers and became an editorial assistant on Story Cellar magazine. From 1995 to 1997, I attended Thames Valley University (which, unusually, has not changed its name), and was awarded an MA on their excellent Cultural Studies course. In 1998, I began a long stint of working for Amazon.co.uk, where I won the Amazonian Award in 2000, and where I edited their internal newsletter Amazone. In 2002, my essay on Masculinity in Dune, Spartacus, and Lawrence of Arabia was studied at the University of California. I left Amazon in 2005, and now live in Ealing with wife Michelle. My main preoccupation is editing the literary review magazine, Authortrek, portions of which have been reprinted in the US edition of Joanne Harris's Sleep, Pale Sister, and quotations from the site were used on the cover to plug Neal Asher's debut novel, Gridlinked. I also wrote a reading guide for the US edition of Joanne Harris’ novel Gentlemen & Players. I have performed poetry at London's Poetry Cafe, and at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Names

    GIRLS:
    Neytiri
    Sylwanin
    Eywa
    Nirvana
    Natana
    Sabazia
    Ayngahu
    Mawey

    BOYS:
    Eytakan
    Yerik
    Tsutey
    Atokirino
    Ninat
    Turuk
    Shaytaki
    Makto
    Kelutral

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    This witty guide reveals hidden depths to Avatar

    For instance, did you know that Neytiri's sister Silwanin was killed by the soldiers at Grace's school, an incident in which Grace herself was shot? Or that Norm and Trudy were in love? Kevin Patrick Mahoney provides a very close reading of James Cameron's original script, and reveals many details such as this that were not included in the finished movie. However, his very intelligent reading goes well beyond this, as he conclusively proves that James Cameron has very much adopted Joseph Campbell's theory of the Hero's Journey for this story (that's why it seems so familiar to us - as the Hero's Journey is beloved of filmmakers such as George Lucas). Kevin also discusses James Cameron's rather confused politics in the script, and all those references to the Iraq War. Kevin has evidently done his homework very well, for he reveals just how related Avatar is to James Cameron's previous films, even Titanic. Indeed, if you'd been watching James Cameron's films quite casually, then you'd think that his views of the Marine Corps had practically been reversed since Aliens, yet Kevin shows why this is not so. Since it's Eywa and Neytiri that save the day, Kevin takes a look at Neytiri as a feminist icon. The book also examines Science Fiction's history when depicting disability, which has tended to be very negative, and so shows how Avatar is very much the exception to the rule. This book doesn't shy away from some of the controversy surrounding Avatar, as the accusations of racism that have been levelled at the film are fully debated. It also fully explores the rather strange and contradictory biology of the Na'vi, especially with regards to their mating practices. In short, this book is a real eye-opener to all the events in Avatar, which very much proves that James Cameron's apparently simple script is much more complex than it first appears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Kaltxi all navi friends

    I must say it did offer info but only for the critics. It was published but obviously not for the fans. It was ok but i wouldnt recomend. And when you add all this up youll most likely permanently borrow it or immediatly delete it. Farewell and may you stay The People friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    EEEEEK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2010

    Ugh! If you are a fan not a good read

    I picked this up as a fan and I was very disappointed with this read. I have watched the movie over 30 times - yes I like it that much and I wonder what movie Kevin was watching. I would suggest the following reading material to kevin...McCaffrey Dragonriders of Pern and Jean M Auel clan of the Cave Bear so that he can have a better understanding of the movie concepts presented. His belief that everything has some sort of sexual connotation is absurd. He reminds of the kids that thought National Geographic was light porn and were titillated by the breasts of the native women portrayed. His ideas were way off and I have spoken with several fans and they too do not understand his thought process in regards to this movie. (homosexuality?, beastiality?) Then to offer immortality as a theme for the next movie? what movie did you see kevin?? The good news is that I purchased this as an ebook and therefore did not pay full price the bad news is I will never get that hour back it took to read this drivel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2010

    eBook "Sample" isn't

    If the whole concept of an eBook sample is to help a reader decide whether or not to buy the product, this one falls flat on it's face. There should at least be SOME of the content with which to make a decision with. This eBook's "sample" shows NO content beyond the publisher's pages and a DRM warning. I immediately deleted it.

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