I felt like shit, so I googled “baby ocelot,” because that is guaranteed to make anyone feel better.
scp-261 is a national treasure
things to remember about animorphs:
- two of the main cast are poc. the alien in his human form is a poc as well.
- the traditionally feminine, concerned-with-looks character, who spends her free time shopping and who has perfect blonde hair and who follows fashion trends, is also the team’s main combat powerhouse and is generally ferocious and terrifying in combat and a Soldier more than anyone else in the team. these things do not negate each other
- the other female character is the kind and gentle one but also strong as fuck and the most talented at the animorph’s Main Skill
- there are love plots, but they are understated and affect the characters without defining them. they are also, in one case, fucking tragic
- realistic portrayals of ptsd and general trauma
- varied family compositions and firm calling out of families that emotionally abuse children
- characters are not portrayed as single handedly able to save mankind, they are just trying to hold out so that the cavalry can arrive
- it is all available free, online, right fucking now
LITERALLY EVERYBODY NEEDS TO READ ANIMORPHS.
OMG I FORGOT THE WHOLE SERIES WAS ONLINE
LEMME HAVE IT
I was not aware that the whole series was put online.
It’s a pretty awesome series, I loved reading it when I was a kid.
Yeah, I loved reading it as a kid, too.
Which begs the question, shouldn’t you have graduated from 5th grade chapter books by now?
my apologies for finding out that a thing i enjoyed as a child held up as an adult? i read through them on the bus because they were free and i have no money, and they were actually good books? don’t try to act like i can’t read, i’ll throw heavy russian novels at your face
I absolutely loved Animorphs as a kid, and I still love them now. Sure, they were written for a young audience (although, there is a lot of content in those books—especially in the Chronicles books—that is questionably appropriate for kids, upon looking back), but since when does that mean they can’t be any good? If that’s the case, we better toss out Harry Potter right now, considering that although JK wrote the books to age with the audience that originally started reading them (which worked out perfectly for me—I was seventeen when Deathly Hallows released), they were still written with kids in mind, particularly the early books. The His Dark Materials books are kids books as well (Pullman himself has said this, don’t try arguing with me on it), and they’re fantastic, too.
But this isn’t about those books. This is about Animorphs.
What makes Animorphs great isn’t that it’s about a bunch of middle schoolers that morph into animals to fight aliens, but that it’s about a realistic portrayal of a bunch of middle schoolers morphing into animals to fight aliens. It was mentioned briefly up above, but the trauma of war starts in on these kids as early as book three. As early as book one, if you consider the fact that Tobias becomes a nothlit at the end of the first book. (You’ll understand what that means when you read the books, if you haven’t already.) I’m not just talking about consequences like slipping grades, either, but rather consequences as in destroyed relationships, nightmares that either keep them awake or wake them up in the night (they never get over the ant morph), and actual changes to their personalities as the series goes on. Rachel gives in more and more to her bloodlust, and has to come to terms with the fact that she is honestly being driven crazy by the combat. Jake becomes hard and relentless in his leadership, to the point where he lashes out at those closest to him and makes cold, unforgiving calls. Marco, too, gives into his cynicism to a ridiculous degree, and Cassie ends up becoming ostracized from everyone she ever loved. These are just base descriptions, but you get the gist. K.A. Applegate is not at all afraid to drive home the idea that war is Hell, that kids fighting a bloody, gruesome war (because believe me, carnage is described in great detail in these books!) is not cool, or fun, or easy. In fact, when fans were outraged over a major character death in the last book and tried to petition her to rewrite it, she actually laid the smackdown on her website, telling everyone that she was always telling a war story, and that people die in war, people suffer and are harmed physically, mentally, and emotionally in war and that it’s a fact that people need to accept.
Oh, and that’s another thing. Applegate is a female YA author, so you know, that’s pretty awesome, too.
Animorphs is a very dark series. The war aside, there are also the torture scenes (Taylorrrrr), the betrayal arc (DAVIIIIIID), and just … just … !
Animorphs will forever be one of my favorite book series. Ever. I don’t care what anyone says. The character development and exploration is absolutely fantastic, as are the themes of xenophobia and racism and how they’re explored from all sides. (I mean, let us not forget that in the time travel Megamorphs book, they were transported to past, where Cassie encountered some racist dickbags that threw slurs at her for being black. And what did she do? She morphed into a polar bear and asked if she was white enough for them now. BAM FUCKING BOOM YOU GO CASSIE FOUR FOR YOU CASSIE I LOVE YOU CASSIE.)
I’m really tired right now, so I’m not being coherent, but Animorphs is amazing and everyone should read it regardless of your age. Just, make sure to grab a snack before you sit down, since the main series is 54 books long. Might I recommend some cinnamon buns?
To be honestly, looking back, part of me is like holy shit how were we allowed to read this stuff as kids?! How did it not give us nightmares?! Because the gore and blood is definitely not shied away from. Just wow.
But it’s online, huh? That’s awesome~ That’s certainly easier than digging through my bookshelf to get the books back out…
oh god I remember this series
i was sucked right in and only stopped reading them when i was cut off from the source because my only access was by ordering each book one at a time, one volume per month, through the school via fundraisers (Scholastic). I was absolutely pissed because the point where I cut off was when I found out what happened to Marco’s mom and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS
this is the most romantic thing i’ve seen all day
No shit. That tom cat was like:
"This thorn invested wall means nothing."
"I will gladly walk on it a thousand times over, if that means I could be with you, my lady."
and the lady cat was all:
"My brave darling."
OOOPS MY HAND SLIPPED!!
Suddenly my muse insisted me to draw the personification version of the last pic, and who am I to reject inspiration when it comes so willingly to me? At least this will help with the artblock issue I currently have to deal with.
Russian imperial era inspired because hot damn.
Note: I tried google reverse image (and other reverse image search engines) those photos and came up with nothing. I wish I knew the original photographer because I want to love hug him/her so hard for capturing such inspiring moments.
OMG that’s the cutest thing ever and the best courtly love ah so brilliant.
Few romantic heroes could do better.
I don’t post cats often but that illustration.
Okay, tumblr, I need your help. I’ve seen things like this get thousands and thousands of notes, and I really think that this is a cause worth sharing.
This couple is an elderly couple that live in my small town in Canada’s smallest province. They both suffer from dementia and for the last 55 years, they’ve sent out Christmas cards to everyone in their neighbourhood. They’re both in a home now, and their son is doing a little project. The woman, Bev, her favourite movie is A Miracle On 34th Street, and she especially loves the part where the christmas cards come in by the hundreds. Her son is trying to get that to happen for her.
It would make this lady’s Christmas to get the hundreds of Christmas cards from all over the world. I think we owe it to this kind soul to come together and give her a Christmas miracle. If you would like to send a Christmas card, their information is;
Don and Bev Enman, C/O Summerset Manor
15 Frank Mellish Street
Summerside, P.E.I. Canada
Please reblog this and spread the word, guys. There’s also an article here x if you want to read more about them.
worst possible time to find out about your superpowers
oh my god
I LAUGH EVERY TIME. EVERY GD TIME.
girl scouts are letting in trans* girls and letting girls replace God with whatever they want in the pledge, also they use cookie income to support abortion and LGBT agendas
boy scouts are just now allowing gays in, officially in january, but gay leaders are still banned and they’re talking about segregation on camping trips, with gays and straights in different tents. also they still ban atheists,
girl scouts: 10000 boy scouts: 0
this is amazing
lmao the pope better watch his fucking back
Hey, what’s Winnie the pooh’s favorite color?
No it’s red because of his shirt
No, it’s yellow because he loves honey
You have no idea what you’re talking about
DID I FUCKING STUTTER?
Things heating up at the Winnie the Pooh fandom