I haven’t seen James Cameron’s new film Avatar yet. I generally like Cameron’s films—The Abyss is one of my favorites—but I really, really hate movie theaters. I’ll catch it on DVD someday.

While reviews of Avatar have been mixed, to say the least, there are clearly a lot of people who like it. Having said that, I think that some people have taken the film a bit too seriously. Quoting from an article that appeared today on CNN.com:

James Cameron’s completely immersive spectacle Avatar may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.


I suspect I’ve made myself much more depressed by reading this article than I would have by watching Avatar and suffering from fictional world withdrawal.