|Date(s):||1996 - 2001|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||Official Scholastic site|
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Animorphs is an English language science fiction series of young adult books written by K. A. Applegate (and ghostwriters) and published by Scholastic. It is told in first person, with all 6 main characters taking turns narrating the books through their own perspectives. Horror, war, dehumanization, sanity, morality, innocence, leadership, freedom, and growing up are core motifs of the series.
The story revolves around five humans, Jake, Marco, Cassie, Rachel, and Tobias, and one alien, Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill (nicknamed Ax), who obtain the ability to morph into any animal they touch. Naming themselves "Animorphs" (a portmanteau of "animal morphers") they use their ability to battle a secret alien infiltration of Earth.
Published between June 1996 and May 2001, the series consisted of 54 books and includes ten companion books. The books were re-released beginning in 2011.
Though not a major fandom, the books were very popular and still have a fan following and active communities.
The main type of fan activity is fiction, though there are also icons. The height of fannish activity was probably around 1999-2002, and it has been getting quieter since. However, many fans in their twenties still remember the books fondly, and will consider writing stories occasionally for Yuletide and similar challenges.
Main pairings, genres, tropes, fanon?
- Eleutherophobia (link) by SoloMoon - post-canon AU where Tom survives
- Daemorphing (link) by Poetry - Daemon AU
Archives & Communities
- Animorphs fanfic and crossovers on Fanfiction.net.
- Works on Archive of Our Own.
- Unconventional Animorphs, archive for 'unconventional' het and slash pairings, now defunct.
- Fans of the Animorphs general discussion and fanworks community on Livejournal.
- Fans of the Animorphs on Dreamwidth.
- Animorphs Fanfiction LJ comm.
- Animorphs fan forum.
- Animorphs fic forum.
- Anirarepair: Yahoo! Mailing list for discussion and fic about unconventional pairings. No longer working.