Chinese Author To Sue James Cameron Over Plagiarism

This isn’t the first time James Cameron has been accused of plagiarism, and let’s be honest, the Avatar storyline isn’t completely original nor is it overly complex (it’s been referred to as “Dances with the Wolves in Space”). But Beijing-based author Zhou Shaomou, author of the online book “Tale of the Blue Crows,” is now suing James Cameron $146 million for plagiarism. He claims 80% of the “Avatar” plot is the same as the “Tale of the Blue Crows” plot.

So what is Cameron allegedly plagiarising from “Tale of the Blue Crows”? According to Sky News, this:

[Tale of the Blue Crows] tells the story of an epic journey taken by six astronauts to a distant planet which is home to a race of blue-skinned beings.

“I wrote in my novel that their space journey took them six years but in Cameron’s movie the journey takes them five years nine months and 22 days,” he says.

Blue people on a distant planet? Well, hell, maybe he’s also plagiarising every other sci-fi film that’s featured blue aliens. As for 80% of the plot being the same, well, it never was original in the first place. If 80% of the plot is the same, then you could possibly say that Shaomou also wrote a “Dances with the Wolves in Space” and that neither of them are completely original.

What would probably make a better plagiarism case is “Avatar’s” similarities with a Russian series of novels known as “The World Of Noon”. Both feature a lush, green planet called “Pandora”, both take place during the 22nd century, and where “Avatar” has the Na’vi, “The World Of Noon” has a race known as the Nave. But with all the similarities, there are also several differences (there are two humanoid aliens in “The World Of Noon”), and the author of the series has decided not to support the allegations.

So what do you think? Is Avatar plagiarised?




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  • Zack Blastoff

    Ahem, has anyone else noticed the ‘similarities’ in the plots of Avatar and Pocahontas?

    Just change the names and the setting and…….

    (Dances with Wolves in Space is being too kind!)

  • tbone

    Cry! Cry! Cry! The sound of sour grapes and comparisons to other movies is getting old… Sure, the story behind Avatar is derivative from several sources, as James Cameron has freely admitted. But by the same token, aren’t most stories derivative of previous works? Really, what would it take to come up with something original, never before presented in history?

    The bottom line is that Avatar is an amazing breakthrough in cinematography, unlike anything any of us had ever seen before. Let the critics, belittlelers, and cry-babies moan all they want – it doesn’t mean a thing. Avatar clearly struck a cord with several hundreds of millions of people from all around the world and made an assload of money in the process. Well done, Mr. James Cameron, you’re an amazing storyteller and director. I eagerly await your next movie. Crybabies go home!

  • tbone

    Cry! Cry! Cry! The sound of sour grapes and comparisons to other movies is getting old… Sure, the story behind Avatar is derivative from several sources, as James Cameron has freely admitted. But by the same token, aren’t most stories derivative of previous works? Really, what would it take to come up with something original, never before presented in history?

    The bottom line is that Avatar is an amazing breakthrough in cinematography, unlike anything any of us had ever seen before. Let the critics, belittlelers, and cry-babies moan all they want – it doesn’t mean a thing. Avatar clearly struck a cord with several hundreds of millions of people from all around the world and made an assload of money in the process. Well done, Mr. James Cameron, you’re an amazing storyteller and director. I eagerly await your next movie. Crybabies go home!

  • tbone

    Cry! Cry! Cry! The sound of sour grapes and comparisons to other movies is getting old… Sure, the story behind Avatar is derivative from several sources, as James Cameron has freely admitted. But by the same token, aren’t most stories derivative of previous works? Really, what would it take to come up with something original, never before presented in history?

    The bottom line is that Avatar is an amazing breakthrough in cinematography, unlike anything any of us had ever seen before. Let the critics, belittlelers, and cry-babies moan all they want – it doesn’t mean a thing. Avatar clearly struck a cord with several hundreds of millions of people from all around the world and made an assload of money in the process. Well done, Mr. James Cameron, you’re an amazing storyteller and director. I eagerly await your next movie. Crybabies go home!

  • xino

    Face it!
    Avatar was just a hidden racist movie!

    Blue Aliens- Black people
    marines- white people
    Pandora planet- Afrika/Africa
    Motto is to find the source of a special material- find golds and silver in Africa

    the only good thing about the movie was the visual realism 3D Graphics

    • Asger

      Racist?

      Against whom?

      Moron!

    • Asger

      Racist?

      Against whom?

      Moron!

    • Asger

      Racist?

      Against whom?

      Moron!

    • Asger

      Racist?

      Against whom?

      Moron!

    • Asger

      Racist?

      Against whom?

      Moron!

    • Asger

      P.S.

      In Star Wars there are VERY many races.

      So that must be an EXTREMELY racist movie, then. Right?

    • Asger

      P.S.

      In Star Wars there are VERY many races.

      So that must be an EXTREMELY racist movie, then. Right?

    • Asger

      P.S.

      In Star Wars there are VERY many races.

      So that must be an EXTREMELY racist movie, then. Right?

    • Asger

      P.S.

      In Star Wars there are VERY many races.

      So that must be an EXTREMELY racist movie, then. Right?

    • balbal

      you are a moron ! Avatar is a great movie , Greater then the hurt loker . I saw people go 3 times to this movie , it a great story.

    • balbal

      you are a moron ! Avatar is a great movie , Greater then the hurt loker . I saw people go 3 times to this movie , it a great story.

  • xino

    Face it!
    Avatar was just a hidden racist movie!

    Blue Aliens- Black people
    marines- white people
    Pandora planet- Afrika/Africa
    Motto is to find the source of a special material- find golds and silver in Africa

    the only good thing about the movie was the visual realism 3D Graphics

  • xino

    Face it!
    Avatar was just a hidden racist movie!

    Blue Aliens- Black people
    marines- white people
    Pandora planet- Afrika/Africa
    Motto is to find the source of a special material- find golds and silver in Africa

    the only good thing about the movie was the visual realism 3D Graphics

  • xino

    Face it!
    Avatar was just a hidden racist movie!

    Blue Aliens- Black people
    marines- white people
    Pandora planet- Afrika/Africa
    Motto is to find the source of a special material- find golds and silver in Africa

    the only good thing about the movie was the visual realism 3D Graphics

  • xino

    Face it!
    Avatar was just a hidden racist movie!

    Blue Aliens- Black people
    marines- white people
    Pandora planet- Afrika/Africa
    Motto is to find the source of a special material- find golds and silver in Africa

    the only good thing about the movie was the visual realism 3D Graphics

  • xino

    Face it!
    Avatar was just a hidden racist movie!

    Blue Aliens- Black people
    marines- white people
    Pandora planet- Afrika/Africa
    Motto is to find the source of a special material- find golds and silver in Africa

    the only good thing about the movie was the visual realism 3D Graphics

    • Asger

      Racist?

      Against whom?

      Moron!

    • Asger

      P.S.

      In Star Wars there are VERY many races.

      So that must be an EXTREMELY racist movie, then. Right?

    • balbal

      you are a moron ! Avatar is a great movie , Greater then the hurt loker . I saw people go 3 times to this movie , it a great story.