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So it turns out that too many people picked up on the new movie, Avatar, being a revamped Pocahontas story in 3D, with more action and oomph. The image below is being forwarded all over the web to prove it. Avatar is apparently doing extremely well all over the world, though. Are you disappointed? Surprised?

Well, if you are disappointed or surprised, then you shouldn’t be. You should actually realize that you can learn a lot from this phenomenon. I’ll let you make your conclusions and follow your own path with this one, but I will leave you with one piece of advice that can be very helpful to you when you think about this issue later on. The advice comes from the director and writer, Jim Jarmusch; you don’t need to know him, but you should be able to see the connection between his advice and the phenomenon in question here (a new movie being very successful although its core plot or storyline is far from original):

“Rule #5: Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.’ [Source: MovieMaker]”

Document showing how Avatar is almost a copy of Pocahontas with some labels changed

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