Do guns and other similar weapons belong in the world of Avatar?
When I was planning ideas for my fanon, I thought about this question. I personally loved the advancement in technology in the show, such as the progression of balloons, to war balloons, to airships, and the eventual submarines and everything else. I wanted to implement more technology into my fanon, and one of the first things I thought of was guns. I think that this would be cool, and would fit logically with the progression of tech in the series, but I also wonder if some of the greatness in the show would be lost if it becomes too modern. Here, I'm going to present reasons why I think it would be good or bad for their to be better weapons in Avatar. Then, please comment and tell me what you think about it.
For Guns in Avatar
In the world of Avatar, technology has been improving rapidly. The Fire nation has a great knowlege of fossil fuel technology, and even has invented blasting jelly, which could easily serve as gun powder. The Fire Nation also has invented minor cannons, used on their airships, which work on the same principle as guns. It would seem logical that guns would soon follow in this advancing technology.
Also, we know from Legend of Korra that many people are beginning to resent benders some 70 years after the War. One thing that could not necessarily cause this, but still contribute to it, could be guns. If non-benders were armed with such weapons, they would be on a much more level playing field with benders, and feel more equal to them. The invention of guns could be a transition between the mindset of the two shows.
Against Guns in Avatar
I don't have much to say here, except that the world of Avatar we know and love is very simplistic. I lacks advanced machinery that we have today. Something makes me feel that seeing Aang log on to a computer (I know this is far beyond guns, but still) would just take some of the charm out of the show. Guns aren't a big leap as far as science and technology goes, but it is a step in that direction, and that direction is away from the world we have come to know.
In conclusion, guns could logically fit into the progression of technology in the Avatar world, however, they would make the show vastly different from what we're used to.
Honestly, I'm not sure where I stand on this issue, but I just think it's interesting. So what do you think? Should guns be a nice addition to the world, or would they just mess with a perfectly nice show? Please comment to share your thoughts.
Thanks for reading!