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Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
by just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
at January 27th, 2008 (03:01 pm)
current mood: accomplished

A Guide to the fandom of Avatar: the Last Airbender on Eljay

So much for being "just a cartoon".

Avatar: the Last Airbender is a show that defies definition. It borrows from strong influences from multiple Asian mythologies and cultures to create a rich universe in which some characters are able to "bend" fire, water, air, or earth (i.e. manipulate these "elements" through a mixture of spirituality and martial arts moves). But, at the same time, the characters and situations are identifiable to anyone, no matter what background the viewer comes from. The plot is solid, moving, and intriguing (sometimes conveying more in its 30 minutes than most hour-long shows do). The animation itself is superb, able to convince us that the martial arts is more like dancing. The music is engaging with an original blend of Eastern and Western instruments. The voice actors are superb (Mae Whitman, Mako, and Jason Issacs, to name a few) and the comedy is of the spew-your-drink-because-you're-laughing-so-hard variety. Add the many not-so-childish elements of the show (e.g. genocides, murders, political manipulation, imperialism, brainwashing, torture, POW camps, and morally-gray situations) and you can see how this show, extremely popular in its 6-to-11 demographic, is quite addictive to us "grownups" as well.

Avatar: the Last Airbender is in its third and most-likely final season of its epic plot... but there is also an Avatar movie in the works (directed by M. Night Shyamalan) in the works. :)



Overview

The Avatar fandom used to be small and fringe-like but I really can't say that this is the case anymore. There is so much going on that anyone can easily find his/her niche and fit in to have fun. And since Avatar attracts such a vastly diverse audience, it's really cool to see some people of different interests fangeeking about this show. In the end, at least in LJ, we're a good-humored fandom that has so much to offer for anyone.

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Fandom Vocabulary

Avatard: an obsessive fan of Avatar: the Last Airbender (i.e. most of us here!)

Avatarverse: the universe in which Avatar exists

Cabbage Guy: a poor cabbage salesman whose love for cabbages and his profession get constantly tested as some main character ruins his business (picture)

Foam Guy (also known as Crazy Foaming Guy or CFG): a big fan of Aang who foams at the mouth when Aang arrives in Kyoshi. He's sort of an exemplary Avatard (picture)

Modern AU: A fanwork tht usually takes the characters of Avatar and places them in a contemporary setting within our "universe"

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General Links (mostly outside of LJ)

These are some places that you might want to check out that are outside of LJ.

Official Sites and Stuff
Official Site (US)
Official Site (UK)
TurboNick: streams full-length Avatar episodes for US residents

Unofficial/Fan-based Sites
The Wikipedia Article: very comprehensive when it comes to descriptions of characters and episodes
The Avatar Wiki: an entire wiki devoted to information about the show
Giancarlo Volpe's DeviantArt: He's an illustrator and a director for many Avatar episodes. You can see some behind-the-scenes artwork as well as some other fun Avatar-related tidbits
Rufftoon is a fan artist who also works as a storyboard artist on the show. Her gallery contains many lovely and hilarious fanarts!
AvatarSprit.Net: has interviews, screencaps, episode trasncripts and guides, videos, and pretty up-to-date news
Distant Horizon - has information on the shor and merchandise as well as a forum for fan discussion

DeviantArt

These are very active communities at Deviant Art and, if you're a fan artist or even simply a fanart admirer, these links are some great places to check out!

Avatar Fan
Avatar Cosplay Club
AangxKatara Fans
ZukoxJin
AvatarSlash
ZukoxAang Club
The SoKo Empire

Discussion Forums
AvatarFans.Net Forum
AvatarSpirit.Net Forum
Distant Horizon Forum

Episode Transcripts/Quotes
AvatarSpirit.Net Transcripts: has very description word-by-word recaps of episodes.
Wikiquote entry for A:tLA: useful if you want to look up memorable lines... or perhaps you just want a laugh! :)

Fanfiction
Fanfiction.Net: still very much "The Pit" when it comes to A:tLA fanfiction. Still, there are gems still there!

Screencaps
AvatarSpirit.Net's Screenshot Database: You can search through their archives of screencaps for specific characters or places
Iroh.org's screencaps: has high-quality caps, panoramic shots, and other image resources by plushulala
Screencaps by whoresque: great quality caps made by bentfire

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The LJ Fandom

General Communities
avatar_fans: a general community to discuss the show and enjoy fanworks. This is probably one of the largest Avatar communities in LJ so it's a good place to start out.
atla_press: a newsletter community that will keep you up-to-date on Avatar news and LJ happenings. It's quite useful to friend this community because it will provide you with daily posts of discussions and fanworks posted that day.

Discussion Communities
avatar_fans: a general community to discuss the show and enjoy fanworks
avatar_esp: a general discussion community for Spanish-speaking fans of Avatar
avatarfans: a more liberal discussion community
spoil_me_atla: a discussion community for spoilers, especially for episodes that have yet to air in the U.S.
avatar_rewatch: a community to host discussions as member rewatch the episodes of the series
atlaforgrownups: an adult-friendly discussion and fanwork community
boozebenders: an over-18 discussion community
avatar_meta: a discussion and meta community
metabender: another discussion and meta community
capslock_atla: A CAPSLOCK COMMUNITY (YOU WERE WARNED)
avatar_slash: where you can post and discuss things of a slashy nature
avatar_femslash: where you can post/discuss things of a femslashy nature
atla_rants: a community for Avatar-related rants
atla_makesusmad: a community for Avatar-related rants that does not tolerate character bashing
drunkposts_atla: a place to post about Avatar when you're drunk
atla_unspoiled: a moderated membership community to discuss Avatar without being inflicted by spoilers
wank_theatre: a community to discuss wank occurring in the fandom
queerbenders: ALL CAPS, ALL AVATAR, ALL GAY, ALL THE TIME.

Writing/Fic Communities
General Communities
avatarfic: where you can post all Avatar fics of all kinds up to an R or M rating
avatar_slash: where you can post and discuss things of a slashy nature
avatar_femslash: where you can post/discuss things of a femslashy nature
avatar_gen: welcomes gen fanworks and discussion
avatar_oc: a place to post your fanworks with original characters in the Avatarverse
avatar_ficlets: a short fic and drabble community
theavatar100: a drabble community that holds weekly challenges but also welcomes all non-challenge drabbles
2ndcircle_atla: a community for mature fanworks
avatar_smut: a community for Avatar-related smut
roundoctorobin: a round robin fic writing community

Challenge Communities
theavatar100: drabble challenges
7_chakras: a fic challenge community with prompts based on the seven chakras as described by the character, Guru Pathik
avatar_seven: a fic challenge community with prompts based on seven sins and seven virtues
20_bendings: a fic challenge community for the "twenty random facts" fic format
avatarflashfic: a fic community with weekly challenge prompts for writing fics
avatar_flashfic: a monthly fic-exchange challenge
avatar_contest: a weekly fic challenge community for drabbles, one-shots, and free-length works

Writing Help
avatar_hotline: a community for fic help and beta requesting
avatar_critics: a community to post fanfic or fanart in order to get honest constructive criticism

Fic Recommendations
avatar_recfest: a community to recommend well-written Avatar fics

Fanart Communities
avatar_fanart: a community to post artwork for A:tlA
avatar_doodles: a community to post doodles, sketches, and unfinished artworks for A:tlA
avatar_critics: a community to post fanfic or fanart in order to get honest constructive criticism

Icon/Graphics
avatar_icons: accepts any icons, banners, and other graphics relating to Avatar
avatargraphics: another community that accepts all avatar graphics, from icons to layouts to moodthemes

Challenge Communities
iconbenders: a general Avatar icontest community
avataricontest: a general Avatar icontest community
avatarstillness: an Avatar icontest community for non-animated icons
avatar_hush: a textless Avatar icontest community
avatar_lims: a Last Icon Maker Standing icontest community for Avatar
atla_battle: an RPG-style Last Icon Maker Standing icontest community for Avatar
avatar_icon100: an icon community for posting 100 icons on a claimed Avatar theme
frozen_avatar: an image-provided Avatar icontest for non-animated icons
avatarlims: a newer Last Icon Maker Standing community for Avatar icons

Vidding Communities
avatar_vids: a community to post and discuss Avatar fanvids
avatar_clips: a community for posting short clips of Avatar episodes

Other Themed Communities
captionbending: a caption contest community for Avatar screencaps
avatar_photos: a community for posting any and all photos relating to Avatar
avatar_cosplay: a community to post and discuss about cosplaying Avatar characters
avatar_meetup: a community to discuss and organize Avatar fan meetups
threadbending: a community to post about any personal Avatar projects relating to knitting/sewing/etc.
avatar_crafts: a place to discuss and post about Avatar-related craft projects
musicbending: a place to post and discuss about songs that relate to Avatar
avataraddme: an Avatar friending community
avatar_mirror: an Avatar character stamping community
atla_reflection: an Avatar character stamping community
avatarstamping: an Avatar character stamping community
avatarnations: An Avatar-themed sorting community with subcommunites that host writing, competitions, RPG's, discussion of the Avatarverse, etc.
avatar_exchange: a holiday gift-exchange community for Avatar works.
atla_doujin: an anthology for Avatar doujinshi
avatar_dreams: where you can post and discuss Avatar-related dreams
avatar_spork: a community for the mocking of poorly-written fics
atla_marysues: a community for the mocking of poorly-written original characters that can be identified as Mary Sues
avatarmarysues

RPG Communities
omashu_mills
The Soap @ hiddenstrength
300_avatar
capslock_atlarp
atladressing

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Character Communities

Aang
aang_fans
aang_love

Azula
fire_prodigy

Cabbage Guy
thatcabbageguy

Combustion Man
sparkyboomman

Haru
hiddenstrength

Iroh
iroh_fans

Jet
king_of_rebels

Katara
katarafans

Mai
razorsedge_mai
maisaman

Ozai
fire_war_room

Sokka
sokkas_crew

Teo
teo_flying_high

Toph
eyes_of_earth
break_therules

Ty Lee
ty_lee_fans

Yue
yuefans

Zuko
zuzu_fans
zukogetslaid

Minor Characters
avatar_moreplz
minor_atla

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Shipping Communities (or perhaps lack thereof)

Shipping Essays at ship_manifesto


atla_crackship
avatarcrack_otp
atla_rule34 (modded community for adult themes)
avatar_gen
avatar_ship_war

brothersin_arms: Sokka-Zuko friendship community
muddy_friends: Katara-Toph friendship community

Het Ships

Aang/Azula
aangxazula

Aang/Katara (also known as Kataang)
aangxkatara
capslockkataang
kataang100

Aang/Meng
maang_love

Aang/Toph
aang_toph
taang100
capslock_taang

Haru/Katara
haru_katara

Iroh/Toph
tophxiroh

Jet/Katara
jet_katara

Longshot/Smellerbee
shootingbees

Ozai/Ursa
fire_war_room

Pakku/Kana
pakkuna

Sokka/Azula
sokka_azula
sokka_x_azula
sokkla100

Sokka/Suki
sokka_suki
sokka_suki_fans

Sokka/Toph
sokka_toph
tokka100
capslock_tokka

Sokka/Ty Lee
tykka_love

Sokka/Yue
sokkayue

Teo/Toph
teoph

Zhao/Azula
zhao_and_zula

Zuko/Jin
jin_zuko

Zuko/Katara
katara_zuko
capslock_zutara
zutara_sanity
zutara100
zutara_exchange
avatar_rewatch
zutarotica

Zuko/Mai
maizuko
maiko100
capslock_maiko

Zuko/Song
zuko_song
soko_7

Zuko/Toph
tophzuko_love
high_born

Zuko/Ty Lee
emocircusfreak

Zuko/Yue
zukoxyue
zue100

Slash/Femmeslash Ships

avatar_slash
avatar_femslash

Aang/Sokka
sokkaang

Aang/Zuko
aangxzuko

Azula/Katara
azulaxkatara

Azula/Ty Lee
azula_tylee

Hahn/Zhao
zhahn4ever

Jet/Zuko
jetheartszuko

Katara/Toph
toph_katara

Roku/Sozin
roku_sozin

Sokka/Zuko
sokka_zuko_love
zuko_sokka

Incest Ships

avatar_incest

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Voice Actor Communities
mako_memorial


If you have any questions/concerns/corrections/suggestions, please comment below as I would love to hear them.

Comments

Posted by: expo (poptartmuse)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
house - oh boy you're good

memming! this is really cool =D and a great compilation of links, too!

Posted by: just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
{a:tla} ♫

Glad you found it useful! :D

Posted by: Jaycee (aunt_jc)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Toph motion

Wow! We got a mention! Awesome! Can you include something in the blurb about avatarnations that we have sub communities about challenges, writing, etc.??? That'd be great! Thanks!

~*Jaycee*~

Posted by: just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
{a:tla} wanna ride my dragon?

Sure! I've edited it just now, so let me know if it works!

Posted by: Jaycee (aunt_jc)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Material Boy

*glomps* Perfect!!! Thankies! You should come join ^_^

Posted by: Bwahahahahahahahahaaa!!!! spiralingvortex (spiralingvortex)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)

Nice guide! There is an AvatarWiki too.

Posted by: just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
{a:tla} I'd tap that Hakoda

Thanks for the info! I googled it and added it to the list! :)

Edited at 2008-01-28 03:12 am (UTC)

Posted by: i might be barely breathing, but i'm not dead. (bentfire)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
azula // blood in my mouth

Hi, I kind of love you for this. +mem! :]

PS. Two teeny nit-pick-y things I noticed were a) for the Vocab section on Foam Guy you forgot to close a parenthesis and b) the description for Distant Horizon is simply "has". I know some people don't like their typos pointed out to them, so if you're one of those, sorry.

Posted by: just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
{httg} edit >>

Oh no offense taken! I'm a big typo magnet anyway so thanks a lot for the nitpicking! :)

Posted by: dararoked (dararoked)
Posted at: July 17th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)

I can see why people would like them though, having had them on some of my mice. Re HP: I wonder if this could be incorporated into a BIOS update if I begged enough.

Posted by: I-chan (inuyatta)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
giggly yay

Very thorough for the most part--I wanted to come here and give you the link to the Zuko/Song (Soko) devart group:

http://the-soko-empire.deviantart.com/

Excellent work, it must have taken ages!

Posted by: just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
{a:tla} ♫

Thank you! I'll add it to the list! :D

Posted by: ROCK AND ROLL BAGPIPES (modillian)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)

*siiiigh* I've enjoyed what I've seen of Avatar, I just need to make time to watch the episodes in order! Thanks, this is a great overview.

Posted by: just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
{a:tla} I'd tap that Hakoda

You're welcome! :)

Posted by: dave roman (yaytime)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)

super cool!

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Posted by: just a Holocene voyager (dharmavati)
Posted at: February 28th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
{a:tla} wanna ride my dragon?

Added! :) Thanks for letting me know.

Posted by: Wendy Raimi (khlara)
Posted at: November 15th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
fictional cocaine

So I finished the entire series and spent 2 days finding bad fanfic until I tip-toed into this community (remembered that the Doctor Who guide helped immensely). Seriously, thank you so much. I was getting really bad withdrawl symptoms.

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