But along with the thrill of ridiculous blue Na'vis cavorting about on magical alien horses to which they bond by connecting their hair comes a real problem: some fans have become so obsessed by Cameron's immersive 3D environment that they claim to be experiencing "Avatar depression," a terrible dissatisfaction with the real world that occurs following their visits to Cameron's Pandora.
A CNN report explains:
"On the fan forum site "Avatar Forums," a topic thread entitled "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible," has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. The topic became so popular last month that forum administrator Philippe Baghdassarian had to create a second thread so people could continue to post their confused feelings about the movie."
Richard: "I also have 'confused feelings' about this film, such as WHY is it so fucking popular?"
Chip: "Can't this 'depression' be attributed to the love of any film? I mean, after I spend an afternoon watching porn, I'm depressed that I'm not banging three chicks at once."
The article also offers quotes from the Avatar message boards, such as this one from "Eltu":
"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed ... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning. It just seems so ... meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep ... doing things at all. I live in a dying world."
Chip: "Wow, these Avatards are really sad, aren't they?"
Richard: "They sure are, Chip, and I don't want our readers to think that we don't sympathize with sad geeks, because we do. But at the same time I think they should just get over their 'Avatar depression' by doing what the rest of us geeks do, which is moving on to the next shitty fantasy film, such as Denzel's post-apocalyptic Book of Eli and maybe this weekend's flick about angry killer angels who come to Earth to wreak havoc."