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From the Pages of the Avatar: The Last Airbender Show Bible 
1st-Nov-2009 10:16 pm
Last week, we came into the possession of a few pages of the Avatar:The Last Airbender's I.P. Bible.

A show 'Bible' is a reference document that television shows use to establish continuity, setting, character histories, the 'rules' of the world and other details. These pages of the I.P. Bible establish the premise of the pilot episode and beyond.

For example, the show Bible establishes certain facts such as "Animals do not talk in this world" and that the Water Tribes "have not been in contact in decades" and that "Fault line energies strengthen Earthbenders." Also, "When it is raining, Firebenders are less powerful." Fans almost never get to see this stuff, so prepare to squee out!

That said, these pages of the I.P. Bible also establishes the environment of the show. The section titled "Environment" says:

"This is an ancient, fantastical Asian environment, primarily Chinese. There are no modern things like electricity. However, the Fire Nation is in their industrial revolution. They use steam powered ships, lay tracks to move supplies."
- The A:TLA IP Bible

The I.P. Bible also insists on respect for source cultures from the very beginning, stating: "We generally do not show signs or writing in the show. If there needs to be a sign, it should be in Chinese with the proper translation, accompanied by subtitles." (As fans, we know that while signs did end up appearing every once in a while with shows, they were able to get away with not using subtitles by having characters read the signs or otherwise place the sign in context using dialogue.)

To view the pages from the I.P. Bible, click here!
(And don't forget to check out the revamped Racebending.com!)
2nd-Nov-2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Seconding the yay for the staffer who sent this in! Very awesome indeed. This should totally help in the arguments against the (obvious) Asian/Chinese themes.

*is also flailing for Eeeeee~ IP Bible! I've seen photos of the Bending Reference Bible, but it didn't occur to me that there'd be a general show Bible, as well. Hahahaha, so Firebenders are like Colonel Mustang when in the rain. xD I so wish we could see more pages. *_*
2nd-Nov-2009 08:16 am (UTC)
.... Lt. Colonel. And in arguments that are against/in denial of the obvious Asian themes. @_@;
2nd-Nov-2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
No, Mustang is the Colonel. Maes Hughes is Lt. Colonel.
3rd-Nov-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks. I'm always confusing myself on the titles. I need to make myself a cheatsheet. xD;;
3rd-Nov-2009 02:04 am (UTC)
I like your icon quite a lot.

Oh, yes, in response to this Bible: Yaaaaayyyyy!~ (ad infinitum)

Not only does it make me very happy as an anti-Racebender, but it makes me giddy as an Avatar fan. C:
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