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Bending-Focused Fics (Avatar)

Discussion in 'Story Search' started by Red, May 22, 2017.

  1. Red

    Red Groundskeeper

    Apr 11, 2008
    Under your bed
    Heyo guys.

    I haven't read many Avatar fics, but I am looking for any stories focused on the bending aspect. That is, the learning, combat, intricacies of water/air/earth/fire bending. I don't care who the central character is or what the pairings are. I'm primarily looking for a fic with great prose and great descriptions of bending nuances in any form. Thanks for any reccs.
  2. Shouldabeenadog

    Shouldabeenadog High Inquisitor

    Sep 3, 2010
    Embers, by Vathara.
    It has great exploration of firebending, positing on how to heal with firebending, and then goes from there. It is long and complete.
    Warning: it is a contentious fic with proponents and detractors, and you may not like the heavy focus on Zuko.
  3. Jester

    Jester Slug Club Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Could I ask what makes Embers contentious? I'm mildly interested in Avatar, just finished the first series, and am looking for something in that era of Avatar to read.
  4. NuitTombee

    NuitTombee Supreme Mugwump

    Feb 14, 2010
    The Peach State
    This is just hearsay, but from what I've been told the Gaang are initially portrayed as being ignorant about cultural customs to the point of angering spirits and the like? Which would have been fine but apparently they never learn from their mistakes and it comes across as bashing their characters. While Zuko is mainly portrayed as understanding of the various customs in general and it's mostly hunky dory for him.
    Course, anyone who knows better feel free to correct me.
  5. Arthellion

    Arthellion Groundskeeper

    Apr 14, 2017
    High Score:
    It lightly bashes the Gaang.

    Imagine making the world of avatar serious, but you still have the gaang acting like their cartoonish selves. They reap the repercussions.

    It's a brilliant fantasy world andthe author did a great job adding to the mythology.

    You'll either love it or hate it but warning it has a slow start.
  6. TheBurningBagel

    TheBurningBagel Squib

    Feb 22, 2016
    High Score:
    The bashing is tolerable, although I found Katara to be an incredible exaggeration of her canon self with all the good bits taken out, but I the endless Zuko worship gets to be grating.

    (Also later chapters introduce quite a lot of oc's that range from decent to awful.)
  7. Agayek

    Agayek Dark Lord

    Mar 20, 2009
    TL;DR version of the detractors: In Embers, Zuko is a virtuous god-child who can do no wrong and is always right, while Aang is an ignorant monkey child and Katara is a screeching harpy with no redeeming qualities.

    It's a bit of an exaggeration and hyperbole in that, but there's a kernel of truth to it. Honestly, I didn't find it all that bad, but it did grate after a while.