Avatar: A Guide for Fanfic Authors Oct 8, 2006 21:00:10 GMT -5
Post by Funk Oni on Oct 8, 2006 21:00:10 GMT -5
kohthefacestealer said:Wow, very in-dept. Of course, one thing is nagging at me. Is religion canon? Obviously, not the Western- or Middle East-born religions, but the worship of deities? There have been some instances where authors have their Fire Nation characters pray to Agni, the fire god/dess of the Hindu pantheon. Religion has not been explored in the Avatarverse, but could it be possible to incorporate it in a believable way?
Well, my personal interpretation of religion in Avatar is that the existance of spirits and supernatural instances make the whole perception and following of religion fuzzy.
Our world has no instances of religious or supernatural occurance that'll go without question or debate. There's no spirit of the forest or spirit of fire to confirm a faith. The Avatar universe however, has this. In spades.
Thus, I feel it'd be difficult for someone to write religion effectively in Avatar beyond the creators/writers. But that's personal opinion; it isn't to say that sort of thing should be avoided.
If someone REALLY wanted to write religion into Avatar and wanted to take a step beyond that which has been noted or identified in the show, here is what I would advise:
-Following one of the religions that the supernatural traits of the show are actually based in and following off of that; not making up something completely.
-Not allowing the religious trait to be so powerful that it guides the hearts of a huge count of people. (A village obeying the will or avoiding provocation of a spirit is believabe; the entire Fire Nation doing so, not so much.)
-Don't presume to know something beyond what canon has revealed. You can take risks, sure. Just be willing to shrug and say "Yeah, I took a couple," instead of defending it to the bitter end.
-Don't make it a point to throw an argument or belief in someone's face using fanfiction. You can make a statement, that's fine. Just don't be spiteful or try to start somethin'.
Thanks for this question, it was awesome. I think it'd make a find addition to the guide in the next update! But before that; I'd appreciate your particular feedback on these points.