Herbert’s inspiration for the Bene Gesserit were his ten maternal aunts, devout Irish Catholics who attempted to force Catholicism upon him in his youth (and ironically thus resulted in him taking up Zen Buddhism instead). All either Jesuits or members the Society of Jesus, the name “Bene Gesserit” was corrupted from “Jesuit”, as Herbert imagined what an all-female Jesuit order would be like.
Apparently, white folks can Bend. Also, Aang is all grim and gritty avenger of the night or something. On the plus side, we get to finally see Appa, and it looks pretty awesome. Sorta like how The Golden Compass movie looked awesome. Err.
If anyone reading this hasn’t seen the original animated series (Avatar: The Last Airbender), then please. Better TV or better fantasy is hard to find.
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io9 is pushing a post-vampire takeover movie called Daybreakers which sounds quite interesting: