I’m just getting to the climax of Animorphs Book 1, so let me share some initial reactions I’ve had from the end of the construction site scene through now. I’ll post “some time to think” reactions when I’ve finished the book. Book 2 is already waiting for me at the library; the next may take longer because I’ll have to buy it.
Animorphs be like: today is a lovely day, and conservation of matter does not exist. We're just dropping the neutered thing like no big deal, all right then.
(I had a huge emotional reaction to Jake in dog morph, and it was an immediate reaction, but that’ll be in the delayed reactions post because figuring out how to explain my reaction is more complicated and I want to keep this post relatively light.)
Oh, thank goodness Marco picked up on Tom being a Controller. It’s I guess in character that Jake would be very reluctant to suspect his beloved big brother, but if I got smacked on the head with any more unmissable hints…
2-3 minutes is actually a really long amount of time to spend shifting shape. I thought there might have been an initial morph at the construction site, but if it takes multiple minutes for them to shift right now they would have gotten slaughtered. So good thing they didn’t.
“It’s terrible when birds have to be locked up in cages.”
I’m just… very into the whole “let’s explore the emotional experience of being different animals.” Love it.
…Tobias ends up getting stuck in hawk form, doesn’t he?
Ok, seriously though. (The Sharing.) Tiered membership. A show of positive fun/friendly stuff for new people. Active recruitment. People losing their previous interests/having major personality changes. Talking about it in "life changing" terms. Cryptic statements that hint at some knowledge being held by the in group that isn’t shared to newcomers right away. Seeming normal and fine and wholesome on the surface. Actually, presenting itself as better than normal, actively positive. Getting invited by normal people that you know personally. I’m not sure Applegate is intentionally making a “here’s how actual cults work in the real world, just a heads up” thing but it sure functions that way.
Jake. Are you out of your mind. Do you not think your brother would recognize the family dog?
Well. I guess one of the fun things about having a group of kids save the world is you don’t need any justification for them making incredibly bad decisions, other than them being kids. And incredibly bad decisions do make for entertaining stories.
Ok, he does realize he has to keep out of Tom’s line of sight. Good, I guess? Yeerks do know about morphing technology after all; they don’t think any Andalites are alive on the planet, so they’re not suspecting it, but still.
Ah. So the cover morph is a lizard, not a snake. I wasn’t sure.
Having to set down the book while lizard!Jake was pinned down by his tail was excruciating. I mean, I know how he’s going to get out, but still.
The spider is still alive?????? I take it back, the cover illustration expresses perfectly how this story is going to be.
Yeurgh aaaaaa blech
Jake is having a horrible, no good, very bad day.
…is there any remotely plausible reason there would be a secret underground room hidden in the back of a broom closet in a school? Eh, I guess this is what “suspension of disbelief” is for.
Why don’t stories for adults ever involve turning into lizards and swallowing spiders whole?
(While they’re in The Gardens getting gorilla DNA for Marco and someone who actually works there comes up) how the heck do these kids survive dozens of books without getting caught?
So far there have been three falls and all of them have been Jake.
Omfg these idiot kids are just running into animals’ cages are they nuts?
Of course it’s a frikkin’ tiger.
Ahem. Please do not break into animal cages at a zoo or similar. I don’t care that much about protecting you from the consequences of your own bad decisions, you get to make your own risk assessment in regards to your own personal safety, but I do care about protecting the zoo and the big cats or what have you from the consequences of your bad decisions.
Anyways! It's a book! I'm reading it! So far I haven't had a single "yes I remember reading this before" but I honestly don't know if that's because I didn't read this book or just because it was sufficiently far in the past that I don't remember anything. More thoughts later!
Just me thinking about how Riley's version of death is nothingness, oblivion but that he’ll have purpose in the microbes and bacteria that live on him, in feeding life but in the end he burns to ash on that boat, never getting to fulfill that purpose
it was really heartwarming the last time i got to be at a party because i was wearing this really cool shiny outfit and this woman wanted her blind partner to be able to ‘see’ it (enjoy, i suppose, would be the word????) so she described it while i let her feel the fabrics and her smile made me happy
I really wanna continue the main storyline but around living world season 3 i just got. exhausted. The story started to feel really frustrating around Braham and there really wasn’t any player agency or any kind of relief from that (at least, not as far as i got before i had to stop.)
I understand why people love Braham, but i also understand why people don’t. I think he’s a very 3 dimensional character with flaws and perks and all that, and personally i don’t hate him. But as of where i am in living world season 3, I just find him exhausting.
I’m hoping to dig back in and finish the season and hopefully have some sort of relief where you get some semblance of control back but tbh the idea of going back to that just doesn’t appeal to me.
I've not seen anyone complain about concerts or sports (for a while) and suddenly because BTS are doing a concert it irresponsible - the standards are different for BTS and
do it, link the bad love mv in all your gifsets and meta and screencaps don’t be shy 🔑👑
Hot take but nobody is truly anit recovery for people that have more mild cases of stuff like depression and anxiety those horrible feelings can feel like a crutch a way to justify why they feel the way they they do and with the more severe cases of those mental illnesses it can become apart of someone’s personality or core identity and the idea of that leaving is scary the same reason why those with long term mental illness are often scared to recover because there so used to this feeling and it can’t get any worse if it stays the same and for those of us who have mental illness that are extremely stigmatised the “help” and “recovery” are extremely painful and inhuman so you have no choice but to stay the way you are
my dnd group hasn’t played in like a month because of one person not being clear about their schedule/not replying to scheduling texts/now just canceled 30 minutes before we were supposed to meet
Garcia gives people thank you cards for thank you cards.
My best friend is raising funds for the treatment of his Dad. His dad is suffering from multiple organ failure and he is in uni 1st year and has a brother who's 12. His mom is not in the picture cuz she died 3 years ago. He has been through a lot in his life and now he and his little brother just have their dad who is fighting for his life. Its worse now cuz they have no money left for further treatment. I really really really need your help. Please donate any amount you can. It could be anything.. Just PLEASEEEE
turns out my best friend has to quarantine and now idk what to do...
every single day i think about dropping out of grad school and i was the bitch who really loved university........ enough 3
hey, remember how non-american people were saying many times that americans don’t care about stuff that don’t affect them?