Timeless Thoughts: Animorphs

Timeless Thoughts

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!

Animorphs

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!

Comments

  1. I read a few of the Animorphs books but I wasn’t a huge fan. I had a friend who was obsessed with them and loved Tobias though! I think the ones that I read were the earliest ones. It’s interesting how book series can change a lot over time, in particular I remember those Sweet Valley ones changed a lot over time too. It seems to be the big series that end up having different writers and different types of books in the series.

    • Ahhh, Sweet Valley! There were so many of those books! It is interesting how some long-running book series changes over the year.

  2. I had one book from the series. Not sure why I had gotten it, but never really read it till like a year or so ago. XD I rather enjoyed it! I should really try to hunt down the series. It sounds so awesome!

  3. This is the first time I’m hearing of these books!

    As a child of the age of 8-10 yrs old, my favourite books were those by Enid Blyton. Not the Noddy series, but the Mystery Series, Secret Seven series, etc. And later on I moved to awesome series like Harry Potter! (Potterhead through and through!)

    • Harry Potter! :D Big Potterhead here, too!

      I don’t think I’ve read any of Enid Blyton’s books, though. I’ll have to check them out one day :)

  4. I vaguely remember these – I think I may have read some of them but I can’t remember. I definitely remember seeing them in the school library though. Strange blast from the past!

    It’s really strange how design has changed over the years – you’d never get book covers like that now.
    xxx

    • Strange blast from the past, indeed :) I enjoy going back to my favourites from the past!

  5. To be honest, I am no bookworm when I was a kid but I do have favorite book when I reached college and its The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. Its a story about two people. The first one wants to speed up the time and the other wants to slow down the time.

    Its my first time hearing about animorphs but its pretty interesting because I am now into supernatural with a bit of sci-fi . I wish I can read them.

    • I loved Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and the premise of that book sounds intriguing. I’ll definitely check that out!

  6. Oh wow! I totally remember these books. I never actually read them (which is weird because they seem right up my ally and I read practically anything I could get my hands on when I was younger) but I remember a lot of my friends reading them. I love when you can see the author grow through the series and even see the series grow (does that make sense? maybe I mean plot).

    I remember loving these books in elementary school about The Littles ( I think that’s what they were called). They were basically about these little people who lived in a house with the Bigs and they had all kinds of adventures!

    • Never heard of The Littles! You should totally check out the Animorphs books if you can. They are so fun ^^ I am tempted to re-read them again!

  7. Oh man, Animorphs were sooo popular back in the day! I actually never read them. I think I was really into mystery novels back then, like the Nancy Drew series, and didn’t give Animorphs a try. My brother collected and read them though!

    • Oddly enough I never really got into mystery novels back then and even now! Still, glad you enjoyed them when you were younger! ^^

  8. The books and show were awesome! I don’t think I read or saw much of them, but I know I enjoyed them and the show just made the world just creepier.

    Anyhow, great memory!

    • I didn’t like the show X_X It just didn’t fit my vision of the series, so after a couple of episodes, I stopped watching XD;

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