The Nicktoons Facebook account has posted the following: “Calling all AIRBENDERS!! In honor of AVATAR WEEK, we’ll be posting about the show all week long, leading up to a big Avatar surprise this weekend!”
On twitter, Nick responded to a tweet with the following: “…the big news is only Avatar-related, not Korra :)”
So this isn’t a Korra Book 2 date, but still apparently will be big Avatar news.
Well ya know just waiting on season two of Korra
you misspelled season three of sherlock
you misspelled my foot in your ass
1) With regards to Katara, there’s a general rule in fandom, and maybe even in life in general, that people will always find reasons to dislike female characters. I think the common criticisms in S1 are that she’s whiny, aggressive and makes poor decisions. I suppose you can justify these dislikes, but bear in mind I’ve also just described Zuko and yet there are never any long posts on how terrible he is.
2) Bloodbending’s great. But I think it’s a better plot device when used sparingly. And no, Korra shouldn’t learn it. Not only because it’s a morally repulsive technique, but because Mako would definitely be dead within 3 episodes.
3) Hannibal is an awesome show. If somehow I wake up tomorrow as God (or just a TV exec, but whatevs), I want to make a spin off where Hannibal and Alice Morgan meet.
It must be something that’s done occasionally in the industry? I have no knowledge in this area so I’m the wrong person to ask.
I can understand planning a story for 3 seasons, that’s good and makes sense. But actually doing animation work seems strange to me, what’s the grand hurry? Why not just focus on one season and get it the best you can before moving onto the next one. I’m not really judging, just genuinely interested in why they are doing that.
For some reason, this “tight rough” for the second piece of press art we released didn’t make it into the Korra art book, but I like it so I’m posting it here. I based it off of a storyboard panel of Joaquim’s from the premiere episode, and he did some further revisions on top of my drawing, which are included here in what you might call a “jam.” I wouldn’t call it that. Without wincing.
Sorry again for the lack of posts! Our production schedule is simply brutal as we are working on Books 2, 3, and 4 simultaneously, and I have little time for anything else once I try to fit “being a human being” in there. Such is the nature of TV production and its protracted, overlapping schedules… Despite the absence and the delays (which are all symptomatic of The Difficulty of Making Animation and little or nothing else), I would (as I have in the past) humbly ask you for your continued patience: It is a good year to be a Korra fan, and a lot of great stuff is coming down the pipeline that we are excited to announce (when we are permitted to announce it) and to share with you all. Thanks, sincerely!
happy mother’s day!
I’m not saying the Avatar state doesn’t have incredible—and helpful power. But you have to understand, for the people who love you, watching you be in that much rage and pain is really scary.
Avatar: The Last Airbender // Favorite Female Characters
Saying that “Arya does sometimes ridicule the worth of more traditional female characters” is admitting there is internalised misogyny. That is pretty much the definition of internalised misogyny, you can’t really exaggerate facts. Brienne is even worse, because in the book she actively praises the worth of traditional women. She compares child birth to battle and laments that no songs will be sung about the woman that die there. In the show she attempts to shame Jaime by comparing him to a woman. It is so antithetical to the book I was shocked that line made it in.
And even though they do a good job with Cersei and Sansa, the writers underlying motivations are laid bare in their treatment of ~badass~ female characters (Arya, Dany, Brienne) compared to the more traditional ladies. Case and point is Catelyn Stark who’s storyline in Game of Thrones has been absolutely murdered. For a character who gets chapters devoted to her POV in the book, it borders on amusing how much they shit on her character.
The show has a borderline respect for traditional women, but my goodness do they revel in female characters that break the mold. But in doing that they miss the huge core of the original novels that were in their essence about subverting normal tropes. Catelyn Stark is supposed to be a deconstruction of Caring Mother trope, but the writers are so obsessed with fighting female characters that they simply are not interested in really understanding and fleshing out the more traditional ladies (probably out of fear that the audience will find it boring).
Sorry what, this is an Avatar blog? Have a gif to compensate.
If anyone wants to chat/argue/brood over Game of Thrones, I’m always open to talking about it on my personal blog btw. I feel bad clogging up this one.
Erm, interesting question! I’m going to separate the books from the tv show, as they differ significantly in their interpretation and portrayal of the characters. So when I talk about GoT, I mean the show, not the books.
Avatar does female characters better than GoT. In the HBO series, femininity is often portrayed as something that inherently weak and to be scorned at. Unconventional female characters (Arya, Brienne) often exhibit internalised misogyny which simply isn’t present in their book characterisations. The show suffers from thinking a badass female character = fighting female. Avatar completely avoids this pitfall by consistently showing that traditional female characteristics are nothing to be ashamed of. The line spoken by Suki, “I’m a warrior, but I’m a girl too” is pretty much a perfect summation of how ATLA treats femininity.
GoT does moral ambiguity better. It’s not really a fair comparison because frankly the entire series is based off the premise that there are not inherently “good and evil” people. That’s a fake dichotomy. The real world is messy and GoT captures that beautifully. Avatar does a good job too, Mai being a great example of a character you’re not quite sure whether or not to root for. But in the end ATLA has some very one dimensional villains while GoT pretty much spends its entire time making you doubt your original perceptions of the characters.
Oh, and GoT wins hands down in terms of foreshadowing. It is actually ridiculous how many little one liners in the show come back to haunt the characters. Equally the prophecies that are uttered in the show are a great source of speculation (“Three treasons you shall know, once for blood, once for gold and once for love.”) There’s just so much fans can get stuck into. ATLA has excellent foreshadowing, but on the other hand things like Aang learning energybending in the finale could have been better set up.
In the end both series are spectacular, and they are too different to make a fair judgement in certain categories. Bryke should offer their services to write female characters better, and in return they can give some tips on plotting.