Just saw an interview with James Cameron, whose new movie, Avatar, looks to be a hit. Not going to see it, don't need to. The director's movie Titanic, tells me all I need to know. We still though can glean some interesting points. Apparently a lot of trouble went into conceiving thousands of new plant species, a new language, for these inhabitants of another planet. All this novelty is spent on --- a boy meets girl plot. Couple of things-- for someone with a certain aim, all fiction becomes inane, it is recycled fumes for one trying to breath at a new altitude (altitude measured in millimeters of course)l.
Also---we can ask, what underlies this reliance on a threadbare plot. When I spoke of trying to get a breath of air from a higher zone, I was pointing to the possibilities for an individual. This focus on coupling is magnetic perhaps because it points to the dreams of the mass of humanity. For the species to endure, we must procreate. These biological necessities point to the fact of immortality---or should I say, the possibility of immortality--at the level of a species. This game is worthy of the attention of fictioneers, regardless of the silliness of their plots. In this particular movie too, we get to see what is a growing trend, I think, and that is the mechanical dreams of some scientifically based individual immortality, on the part of those who think they have given up the illusions of mechanical religion. (In the movie a crippled person is put in a new body.) This whole impetus behind research into and stories about robotic intelligence, brain dumping, cryogenics, are driven by children who cannot accept the fact that immortality, is, so far as anyone can tell, not an option for the individual.
At least with mechanical religion the plot lines were a little more interesting than boy meets girl. That thought could be a last salute to mechanical religion.