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I posted this to my Facebook a bit ago and thought I'd post it here as well. Took me 45minto write ON MY PHONE. Enjoy. :meow:

Okay, so I recently rewatched the Avatar: The Last Airbender series and finally watched The Legend of Korra. If you're a fan of Korra you may as well stop reading this, because it will most likely piss you off. And if you know me and how I'm a sucker for story, you should find this entertaining.

Okay, so in the first series, Aang as the Avatar was born into the air nomads, and in that series, the hardest element for him to learn was earth, because, as it was explained, earth is the opposite of air just like water is the opposite of fire, so earth was hard for him to bend because it was the opposite from his natural element.

But in The Legend of Korra, the writers ignored this completely. Fire should have been Korra's opposite element as a waterbender, but no, air was her struggle, because, "the element opposite of ones personality is the hardest for them to learn." .....really..?

And then there's the spirits. The Avatar is the "bridge between the spirit world and the physical world," and in the original series, only the Avatar could cross over. Not in Korra, nope, turns out anyone can just walk right in IN PHYSICAL FORM by traipsing through the "spirit portals." Sooo... What's the point of the Avatar being the bridge between worlds when anyone can access them?

This part made me want to scream.. In season two of Korra, we get a little history lesson on the first Avatar. Now, before I continue, in the original series, it's explained that the first waterbenders learned to control water by watching how the moon pushed and pulled the tide, the airbenders learned from the sky bison, firebenders from dragons, and earthbenders from badger moles. In Korra....ohh... In Korra the writers completely ignored the original series and changed the history to, the benders got the power to control the elements by... giant lion turtles.... Not that they learned as originally explained, but that they were given these abilities. Also, the power of the Avatar was given to them by a spirit, which makes sense, but how it was written ruined the idea of the Avatar for me. This "new" history, for me, cheepend the whole Avatar universe.

Now I'm going to get nitpicky. In season three, we have airbenders who suddenly show up out of nowhere. Not only that, but they somehow know how to control the element BETTER THAN THE AVATAR right away, when it took Korra weeks to master it. To me, this makes Korra as the Avatar weak and nearly pointless, which brings me to my next topic.

The Avatar State. Aang in the Avatar State was extremely powerful and defeated Firelord Ozai with ease at the end of the series. (Skip to 5:05…) But Korra IN THE AVATAR STATE couldn't defeat a newfound airbender who became a master as soon as he spontaneously aquired the element? And don't give me the, "well she was poisoned," gag. The Avatar State is a defense mechanism which gives the Avatar the combined power of all the past Avatars; she should have easily defeated Zaheer. But in TLoK, the Avatar State is more like a level one power up.

Now, in the original series, the culture was much different from our own. But in Korra, the line between our modern culture and that of the four nations in The Last Airbender, is muddled. In a world that's vastly different from our own, I find it more appealing for cultures to be wildly different, and Korra lost that appeal for me with the similarities.

While the character development in Korra was good, although I found Korra annoying, the script felt forced and like the writers were trying to bring the same level of comedy (that was natural and effortless) that The Last Airbender had. Some parts did make me laugh, but I cringed most of the time.

In short, the two series didn't feel like they belonged in the same universe, rather like someone made a cheep knockoff series from the original; they ignored their own history (a big no no) and changed so many things around just to fill in the plotholes for TLoK series because they were too lazy to rewrite a plot that aligned with the original universe.

No, I did not like it, and yes, I want to watch The Last Airbender again to cleanse myself of this infuriating monstrosity known as The Legend of Korra.
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Amber M.
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My brain really is an athlete. :intardnet: by LeoLeonardo

As an avid writer of high concepts since 2010, I love a fancy fantasy that will surely tickle the fanny, especially if that fancy fantasy is set in the challenging era of the medieval world. With only my wit, pen and paper, and the cat patting at that pen as it strokes the page, I work tirelessly to achieve that one goal: to one day see my book in the hands of young readers where its lessons on morality can be put to good use. A former video editor in my high school years, I work closely with young video editors and writers, helping them find that unique voice in both the visual and written arts. Although my list of qualifications is of microscopic size, I still take pride in the fact that one day my work will challenge the way we view the world.


An in-depth look into my youth
Back in '06 - '07, I was an excellent writer. I was able to create stories right off the top of my head and have a short synopsis within a matter of minutes. I even wrote out an entire 60k word fanfiction in a notebook by hand! My grammar was nearly flawless. I was a year away from graduating high school, when suddenly I broke my nose.

Now of course this is no reason to drop out. It's what ensued. In short, I went in for surgery, got it fixed (supposedly) and was sent on my merry way. Then, a few months later when working on a writing assignment, I realized that I couldn't remember anything. After a few weeks of this, I finally went in to see a natural doctor, who then discovered that the anesthetic had messed up my brain. As reported to me, the left side was left practically asleep, only able of motor function.

For two years I was in a major detox. Because of everything that happened, nearly everything that I learned from the 7th grade and up was wiped clean from my memory. Of course, I was devastated and dropped out of school. My writing ability, my straight A's in algebra, gone.

Needless to say, the critical thinking side of my brain has been damaged. Words come slow, my speech is slurred; I see it, I know it, but it's nearly impossible to express it into words. So, I became a writer--again. And it's all thanks to this wonderful story, The Guardians of Azkarale, for had God not put it on my heart to bring to life I would never be where I am today.

A special thanks to my friend :iconvalentinosonic: for taking the time to read over my manuscript and helping me during this frustrating time in my life. :tighthug: And also thanks to the characters, Arion Avalyndi, Azaleas Crisamo and Twipple the Loh'li for taking me to a world where time stands still and giving me more imagination than I ever thought possible. Without them I wouldn't be. ~:heart:

Very good journal. READ IT
What's Wrong With Praise?So this is another one of those artistic taboos we're never suppose to talk about, apparently. The idea of giving back positive feedback to an artist. It's seen as "coddling" as "babying" as "inflating the ego" and has such intense negative associations. It seems to be generally accepted that the only way to critique someone's work is to point out ONLY the negative parts. Any attempt to point out anything positive or something you liked about the work is seen as being unhelpful towards the artist's growth.
And frankly I think that's a bunch of hogwash.
Speaking from my own experience, I rarely ever get anything positive said about my work in a constructive way. I might get a lot of "good jobs" or people talking happily about my comics because they made them laugh, but I rarely if ever get any comments that go into detail explaining WHY I did something right. On the flip side, the amount of negative criticism and nitpicking is almost hilariously rampant, not just on my artwork but on th

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Happy Birthday!:)
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Thank you for the Llama and the watch :D
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No problem!! :dummy:
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Thanks for watching me, Amber! :huggle:

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No problem! :)
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