While I was writing reviews for the last four chapters of this beautiful series I found myself defending several plot points that many Avatar fans have correctly labeled as deus ex machina, a rather prosaic plot device in which some entity swoops in to solve the unsolvable conflict.
I know what…
While I still feel like the ATLA finale involved no small element of Deus Ex Machina in order to maintain appropriateness for its younger audience, this essay is brilliant in explaining the logic of the avenue the writers chose. From the perspective of a mature fantasy reader, I maintain that having Aang kill Ozai would have made for better writing - though that would have only had full effect in things set after the finale, like The Promise - but a lot of people have made very articulate defenses of the energybending/lionturtle elements and I will concede that they have good points. This essay in particular is one of the best that I’ve come across, and I’m amazed that it doesn’t have more notes.
Wow, I am totally flattered by this! Thanks for the compliments!
If you take any joy in reading what I have to say about Avatar, this is one of my favorite and most laboriously drafted theoretical commentaries. Feel free to read through it!
Take a look! Click the link! Enjoy the read! :P