It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you miss from your past! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
Last month, Kaela blogged about Goosebumps, and that reminded me of Animorphs! Oh, man, I miss that series. I was obsessed with it in junior high and in 2006 when I read the entire series. My bestie introduced it to me actually when we were in junior high. She and I were in the bookstore, and the cover for The Andalite Chronicles caught my eyes. I mentioned to my bestie that the “blue thing” looks really evil, but she told me otherwise! She actually started reading the series before I did, and she told me that the “blue thing” was an Andalite, an alien species who looked freaky, but was actually nice. That piqued my curiosity, and I started reading the books.
I was hooked. The basic premise of the story starts with an Andalite named Elfangor crash landing in front of five teenagers, and he tells them that Earth is being invaded by these parasitic alien species called the Yeerks. These Yeerks are capable of crawling into an opening (like an ear) and they creep into the skull and wrap themselves around the host’s brain. After explaining this, Elfangor gives the teens a special Andalite technology — it’s the ability to morph into any animal after they obtain the animal’s DNA. With that ability, these teens, who are later joined by a couple of other allies, fight the Yeerks on their own for the next few years.
As the series progressed, the themes of the books became darker and edgier. That was one thing I liked about the series. The author (and her ghostwriters later) didn’t shy away from complex and some very mature and dark issues that appear in the later books. I would say that the first fifteen books or so have more comedic elements to them; slowly, the humorous situations that the teens find themselves in begin to decrease as their battles against the Yeerks continue and become deadlier.
I do admit that the books in the middle of the series were super tedious and repetitive, but I’ve a strong fondness for the first thirty books of the series because those were read during my junior high days, and those tug my nostalgic heartstrings. I really loved the characters and their interactions. Tobias, Marco, and Ax are my favourite characters. The world building K.A.A. Applegate did of the different alien species and their world, along with their backstory, was so well-planned. In fact, I don’t even care for a lot of science fiction stories, but the Animorphs was an exception.
Did you guys read any of the Animorphs books? If yes, have you read the entire series, including its side stories, like I have? Tell me what were some of your favourite things about the series! If you haven’t read or heard of it, tell me about your favourite book series while you were a child or teen. Share your memories in the comments or share your memories by writing a post about it for Timeless Thoughts!