'Avatar' Viewers Going Into Pandora Withdrawl

Contributing Writer

Have you seen Avatar yet? It's a remarkable piece of filmmaking and is quickly making James Cameron's already sagging award shelf sag even further after the Golden Globes last weekend.

For several viewers, however, it seems that Avatar presented more than an excellent example of modern 3D filmmaking – it was a whole new world altogether and one that is being sorely missed when away from the silver screen.

This CNN story describes how some people have been going through depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing – and then leaving – the alien world of Pandora.

Fans posting on fan forum site Avatar Forums in a thread called "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible," where users share their stories.

"That's all I have been doing as of late, searching the Internet for more info about 'Avatar.' I guess that helps. It's so hard I can't force myself to think that it's just a movie, and to get over it, that living like the Na'vi will never happen. I think I need a rebound movie," a user named Elequin posted.

Another user offered the following advice: "Start living like Neytiri: in touch with nature, the environment, and not being greedy and wasteful. Pass on the burger, for something more healthy for you and less cruel to animals. Spend your time on this forum, or volunteering in your free time, instead of getting high or drinking, twiddling your thumbs, being apathetic and complaining about how bad the world is."

The forum thread has since been closed due to flamers and trolls, but all the original 52 pages remain there for record.