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This is my favorite post of all time.
THANK YOU, JIA.
@Princess Slayer yeah. once someone on twitter said he looked like a middle animorph it was all over for me and my all-consuming obsession with middle animorphs
@Princess Slayer I just LOST IT. I wish I could thumbs up this post 520525 times. And I wish we could thumbs up the tags. I would thumbs up that tag 520525 times as well.
@j-i-a I've always thought he looked like the perfect midway point between Christian Coulson's Tom Riddle and Ralph Fiennes's noseless Voldemort. He's Voldemort, about 3 horcruxes in.
@Scandyhoovian I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS! His face, oy, his face. Like, you know how some people you think, don't say anything, just sit there and look pretty, honey? With him I have the exact opposite reaction.
@Scandyhoovian "He's Voldemort, about 3 horcruxes in".
That is probably the best description of Benedict I have ever heard.
Benedict Cumberbatch is not cool enough to be in a tag set with the mighty Animorphs.
Now thinking of all the times that "middle Animorph" kind of happened in-canon (Marco in a gigantic flea morph! Marco when his morphing was out of control and he morphed a skunk-spider! Marco and Jake in the bathroom when Marco was halfway morphed to osprey and had a beak face!).
@maybe partying will help Poor Marco.
@Megasus PRETTY SURE I need to read all of these again. Since I recently became funemployed it would really be a waste not to.
pssst reread along with my BFF and I! :B
@Megasus "maybe partying will help poor Marco"
I was in love with Marco and when I finished the series I resented the "bubbling Hollywood honeys" and you can tell it made an impression since I remember the phrase "bubbling Hollywood honeys."
Did I totally make this phase up? I might have. REGARDLESS partying will help poor Marco.
The Benedict Cumberbatch tag! Ahhh guilty cackling.
PS Also "I work at a start up" is killing me.
And then Visser 3 walks in and everyone casually tries to hide behind their purse.
Is No. 3 Batyonce?
Wait...is #12's head turning into the rattle of a rattlesnake?? How does that make any sense?
@meetapossum I was just about to post the same thing. I assume she's turning into a snake, but that definitely doesn't look like the head.
@meetapossum She's a butthead.
I'm sorry I really couldn't help myself.
@meetapossum I can't believe I remember this, but she's turning into a starfish. She then gets split into 2 starfish, for a fun Good Rachel vs Bad Rachel plot. (I didn't even read that one until I was 19 and I skimmed it at the library, why do I remember it?!)
That book was hardcore, even for Rachel.
@Maladydee Well, I remembered it too, god knows why, and was coming here to let them know. Worst morph ever!
@Maladydee A starfish? Wait, what? Starfish don't even have brains! How would she morph back? How would she care about anything but eating and procreating?
"On a field trip to the beach, Rachel is exploring tide pools when she loses an earring in the water. Wishing to get it back she comes across a starfish, acquires it, and morphs into it, retrieving the earring. Unfortunately, before she can demorph, a child chops her in half."
@meetapossum I remember that one too. YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Favorite Animorph cover.
WHY DON'T I STILL HAVE MY ANIMORPH BOOOOKS!?
Is there an omnibus I can buy?
@Megasus NOOO THEY DON'T MAKE IT ANYMORE!?
AND SOMEONE IS SELLING BOOKS 21-25 FOR $140!?
@Megasus Thank you, because now I can justify the way I'm hoarding mine
@Megasus Gahhh this is tragic. Especially because I'm pretty sure my mom threw out all our Animorphs and other Scholastic-y kid books when she moved a few years back.
This is everything. This is everything to me.
I am crying with laughter at the tags. I cannot stop. Send help.
Are Animorphs a millenial thing? Because I look at this and all I see is heart-stopping terror.
@Heat Signature yeah, it's not a thing i'm at all familiar with. wiki tells me that it was first published in 1996, which made me 13 ... maybe i just missed them in nova scotia?
@Heat Signature Yeah, they sold them in those monthly Scholastic book-order forms, so you'd get a new one every month (assuming you could convince your parents to give you $5 for books every month, a safe bet). I started reading them in grade 5 or something and didn't stop till I moved to a school that didn't do the book ordering thing anymore. My sister and I shared them, it was like, our first fandom.
My little brother and I convinced our parents to take us on monthly trips to the bookstore to pick up the new ones whenever we could with our allowance. I was a little bit too "old" and he was a little bit too "young" (6 year age gap, and I was already 13 when we discovered them), but there was a fandom of 2 in our house, and we were very careful to share our books. They're all stored in his old bureau at our dad's house now... I keep thinking about stealing them to read, but then I remember what ELSE got stored in that bureau in the intervening years, and I'm not sure if I want to get too close to the teenage boy stink.
@Heat Signature I seriously thought these were teensy joke Redon paintings. Which seems like a great new genre, really. But yeah, I was in college when these came out!
@Heat Signature I'm the right age to be familiar with these, but I was too terrified by the covers to ever read any of them.
Some of these middles are WAY farther along in the morph process than others (#4, #11....and to some extent #s 8 and 13). I am going to assume these books were later in the series so the computer technology that went into making the covers was just better at blending. Because some others (#10 I'm looking at you)? Yikes.
Jake. I loved Jake. He was my first ~boyfriend.~
@honey cowl I know, right? The fearless but reluctant leader, so careful in his decisions, so afraid of his friends getting injured or killed that he's willing to sacrifice himself... *swoon*
@honey cowl In an effort to be different, I always said I preferred Tobias. Even though he was described as an out-of-shape loner who was also permanently a hawk.
Now that I'm thinking about it, Marco may have been the root of my liking for guys with long hair...o.O
@honey cowl I started an Animorphs club in middle school! It was just me and one other kid and we would meet under the tube slide at recess. I got two iron-on shirt decals with one of the books and I had my mom put them both on the front of a white t-shirt and wore it under my school uniform as often as possible :)
@likearollingpin Tobias was my first fictional crush. Accordingly, I didn't much care for Rachel.
Where are you, Hawk Tobias?
@LaLoba NEVER MIND YOU ARE NUMBER 9 <3 <3 <3
@LaLoba omg his expression is so funny
@j-i-a Wavy-face-hawk-face . . . oddly reminiscent of a character from The Stinky Cheese Man and it's parade of grotesqueries.
Okay I loved this but did anyone read the Everworld series by the same author? I never got tooo into Animorphs but for some reason I devoured Everworld (& no one ever seems to have heard of it :( )
YES YES TALK ABOUT EVERWORLD WITH ME. I was such a mythology kid so they were like tailor-made. :D
Did you read Remnants? K.A. is the best at fucked-up kids books.
@fabel YES. I think I only read like, the first two or three books though.
@maybe partying will help @Megasus yay yay yay, other people have heard of it/like it! I read the whole series multiple times, I loved the mythology aspects but I remember getting super into the characters (David! April! SENNA! Christopher! Jalil! I was so mad the series ended on April's POV, because that meant Jalil got less books than everyone else)
Jalil and April were my favorites. If I reread it now (which I need to do but may prove difficult since I don't own them), Senna would be my new fave, obviously. The weirdest things from those books stuck in my head, like how April's friend Magda had a barbed-wire tattoo and Christopher said Etain was like a "cherry-red Viper" and her mother was a Rolls Royce.
I really liked how she worked in world mythology as well as aliens. It was a cool mix.
@maybe partying will help yes! I think Jalil & Senna were ties for my favorites. Weird lines stick out in my brain also, like Jalil being described as never turning his head to look at you, only moving his eyes. And the segment where Christopher & April are on the phone, & he's perving on her, & she can see him making thrusty dance motions from where she's looking out the window.
But, hmm, I realize I didn't answer you before in regard to whether I read Remnants--- no! I think I read the intro though, because maybe it had been inserted into the last Everworld book?
@fabel Remnants was, like everything else K.A. wrote except maybe Making Out, a fuuuuucked-up series. However it did provide me with a quote that I use to describe Steve Jobs to this day, which is that he "built an empire in his garage."
I def need to reread that one, because now I'm not sure I ever finished the series.
@fabel @maybe partying will help I read everything K.A. Applegate I could get my hands on at the school or public library. I managed to read almost all of the Animorphs books (never the Andalite or Visser Chronicles though :'( ), but only got 1 or 2 into Everworld and 3 or 4...? into Remnants. Weird things from each stick in my memory, like how April loved Rent and how *shocked* I was that there were tampons in her backpack (idk...), or how the main character of Remnants had a self-driving car called a Ford Libertad! that he drove around listening to Neo-opera in...in a year that was either very close to our present times or possibly slightly in the past. I would love to revisit all these series someday and fill in the gaps, but I do wonder if the magic would be ruined now that I am no longer a preteen.
Well, my best friend and I are rereading Animorphs and finding that they are way more disturbing than we remembered. Does that count as the magic being ruined? :B
April's tampons are one of the few instances I can think of off the top of my head of menstruation being addressed in survival scenarios in teen books. And I think but I'm not sure, maybe fabel remembers, that later on April noted that she wasn't getting her period anymore because of stress or malnutrition or something?
Who need a new avatar? Some of these would be great. I would grab one except I am already a sponge with a face.
1, 2 and 5 are all turning into hedgehogs, yes?
There have been some great Animorphs parodies too. Snoop Lion recently of course, but this one always makes me chuckle:
HOW DID I MISS THIS POST
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Now thinking of all the times that "middle Animorph" kind of happened in-canon (Marco in a gigantic Nao vet ho ga Quang nam flea morph! Marco when his morphing was out of control and he morphed a skunk-spider! Marco and Jake in the bathroom when Marco was halfway morphed to osprey and had a beak face!).
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