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Is Avatar making people suicidal?

The idyllic planet depicted by director James Cameron in his blockbuster film Avatar is giving rise to depression and suicidal thoughts among people who regret not being able to visit the planet populated by blue aliens.

entertainment Updated: Jan 15, 2010 21:03 IST

The idyllic planet depicted by director James Cameron in his blockbuster film Avatar is giving rise to depression and suicidal thoughts among people who regret not being able to visit the planet populated by blue aliens.

The plot of the film is set in the future when Earth’s resources have been depleted, and tracks the story of a corporation trying to mine a rare mineral. The humans clash with the natives — a peace-loving race of 7ft-tall, blue-skinned creatures called the Na’vi, who exist in perfect harmony with nature.

Fans have taken to the Internet to tell about their depression, reports News.com.au.

On the site Avatar Forums, the topic, ‘Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible’, has more than 1,000 posts.

In a similar forum, one user wrote: “When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed grey. 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.”

On another site, one fan was even more affected, admitting, “I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it, I will be reborn in a world similar to Pandora.”

According to Daily Mail, the incredible visual realism of the film could mean viewers become particularly attached.

On the official Avatar website, David Scott Jaggers posted: “I can totally relate [to people feeling depressed about having to leave the world of Pandora]. I think most us can here. So many things from the movie, like the idea of brotherhood, we can bring to this very real world of ours.”