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31 May 2010 @ 02:02 am
33 Little Reasons I Love Animorphs (Mostly Quoteage)  
So, as we should all know by now, Animorphs is one of my favorite series EVER (unless I'm sorely mistaken, the only things I've liked longer that I still like today are The Wizard of Oz, Disney, non-Disneyfied fairy tales, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music); considering that the last book was published nine years ago this month and the rumored relaunch that we can almost definitely probably expect as soon as late next year and the fact that I've just generally been feeling nostalgic for the past few well-however-long-it's-been's, it was probably kind of inevitable that I would eventually compose a list of some sort.

Note: This is called 33 "Little" Reasons not because these reasons are unimportant or insignificant -- rather to the contrary, you could easily make a case that these are some of the biggest reasons I still love the series so much, even though eleven years have passed since I got into it -- but because I thought of them almost completely off the top of my head. It might have felt more rewarding to discuss some of the grander themes of the series as a whole, but . . . maybe some other time.

1. from The Message:
We were in Rachel's room the next day, after school. Her room is so neat. Straight out of a magazine, you know? Like everything matches or goes together. She has this bulletin board where she puts little wise sayings on Post-it notes.
I drifted over to the bulletin board and read " 'Don't think there are no crocodiles just because the water is calm.' --- Malayan Proverb."
Just beside that was " 'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.' --- Sun Tzu."
It made me a little sad. In the good old days, Rachel would have had a bunch of quotes about being a good person or whatever. It just showed how much our lives had changed.

2. Marco and Jake's argument about whether or not things can taste like colors.

3. "Evidently I am insane. May I go now?"

4. "Is it not time for cookies?"

5. < . . . And for future reference, I don't give a rat's butt if it's a crocodile or an alligator, so long as it can fight. >

6. That scene in Elfangor's Secret where Cassie, um, turns white.

7. "Earth is a tough neighborhood."

8. "Battles that involve oatmeal are just never going to end up being historic, you know?"

9. "You see our might and tremble!"
"I see your might. Where's your tremble?"

10. "I have a saying for you. I got it from a fortune cookie. 'Fall down seven times, get up eight.' You know what that means? That means you don't ever just lie there. You always get up. You always come back for more. You never surrender. Maybe you die, but you never surrender."

11. "Do you just HATE TRASH CANS?!"

12. In In the Time of Dinosaurs, the kids find out that broccoli is not, in fact, native to Earth. (Marco, at least, isn't the least bit surprised.)

13. < Marco would like me to pass along a sarcastic remark. >

14. "Okay, then answer this, Ellimist: Did I . . . did I make a difference? My life, and my . . . my death . . . was I worth it? Did my life really matter?"
"Yes. You were brave. You were strong. You were good. You mattered."
"Yeah. Okay, then. Okay, then."

15. "Hi. I wanted to know if you, you know, want to dance?" Allison said.
Ax nodded. "I would like to shuffle my artificial hooves to the music with you. But you cannot have my body. My bod. Dee. My bo. Dee."

16. "Please make every effort not to drop me!"

17. "Live free or die!"

18. "Let's do it!"

19. "I wondered if---"

20. "Sometimes I wonder if the truth is that I'm some lunatic."

21. < Mr. King gave us an access code that'll get us into the main computer, > Jake said, his tone sardonic. < Everybody memorize it: Six. >
< Six? > I said.
< Six, > he confirmed.
I sighed. < You know, I'm sure the Pemalites were wonderful people and all, but using a single-digit security code? I mean, good grief. What a bunch of idiots. >
< They trusted, > Cassie said simply.
< They're dead, > I said, just as simply.

22. I mean, what is it with people killing themselves? How big a moron do you have to be not to figure out that at least if you stay alive you have some hope, as opposed to being dead and having zero?

23. "You know, I could swear I heard that bird talking. I must be nuts."

24. "How about putting on a shirt?" Marco asked.
"The men who are young and restless do not wear shirts. I am young. And I am occasionally restless."
"Yes, Marco?"
"Put on a shirt."

25. "Yellow is the color of warning. I do not know why."

26. < Ax? You okay? >
< Yes, but I must maintain silence till we go to These Messages. >

27. ""People say I'm pretty, and I guess I'm okay. People say I'm self-confident, and I know that's true."

28. < Why is the meal happy? >

29. < I have a crazy idea, > Tobias said. < The bellmen and all? They have these kind of tall hats as part of their uniforms. And they keep tipping their hats to the guests before they pick up their bags. >
< That's very polite of them. Who cares? > Marco asked.
< Well, they raise their hats off their heads . . . >
< Don't even! > Marco protested.
< You want us to zip in under some guy's hat? > David asked. < It would take split-second timing. And then he'd have to not notice this two-inch-long bug on his head. >
< Dragonflies can hover, > Cassie pointed out.
< Let's do it! > Rachel said.
< What is a hat? > Ax asked.

30. < Self-help books? > Ax asked. < Are they similar to instruction manuals? >
< Not exactly, Ax-man, > Tobias said. < Self-help books are like instruction books for living. >
< Indeed? Instructions for living? Such as "Consume necessary nutrients"? "Breathe sufficient air"? >
"Hey! Ax just made a joke."
< I did? >

31. That moment in The Discovery where Marco and Rachel are flying around David's house in raptor morph, trying to retrieve the blue box, and they're being chased by David (with a baseball bat or something) and his cat, Megadeth, and . . . Marco flies past the TV and notices that Buffy is on. And he forgot to record it!

32. Marco's commentary on the Battle of Agincourt.

33. "Ram the Blade Ship."
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Angel of Def, with my rhymes against humanity.homunculus on May 31st, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
i think i might want to read this. lol
Ryan: appa is bigger than aanghexperiment on June 15th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
Dude, you totally should! I'll help you track down the books if you want!