What is the actual sequence of events? Elfangor is born; Elfangor is the equivalent a young teen when his parents decide to make like Sims and Try For Baby; Elfangor shows up out of nowhere shortly thereafter, full-grown?
What is the sequence of events in the fixed timeline? The fixed version of the timeline makes much less sense than the so-called broken one. We know that fixed-timeline!Elfangor sired a child in human morph, and wrote a will under the name Alan Fangor. And yet the person copulating with the child's mother is not Elfangor. I... don't understand this bit at all. Did Loren never actually have an alternate husband? And when was Elfangor an aristh? Did he visit the Taxxon Homeworld with Arbron? Was he the same age as he was when it happened in The Andalite Chronicles? Judging by the Yeerk records of events, my current theory is that the sequence of events is thus: first, Elfangor is born, grows up, and becomes an aristh as a young teen; second, time dissolves into a fuzzy-wuzzy timey-wimey ball; third, Arbron is trapped in morph, Tobias exists, and Elfangor is an adult. I doubt any cause and effect links these events at all.
What would have happened in a timeline that was never fixed because it wasn't broken? What if there had been no Time Matrix, or what if it had not been uncovered by the Skrit Na? Would Elfangor and Loren have died in space? What about Esplin and Alloran? Presumably, Tobias would not exist; would the Animorphs have come together? Would Aximili have been born? Would he have been on the ship and found himself on Earth? Would Earth have simply been lost?
I would love to read AU fanfiction about this.
Characters: David, Marco, Rachel
Rating: Mature for implied actions between a threesome of minors
Beta: Quick Pitch-hit from rattyjol
Summary: Um, I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU GUYS. rattyjol, with_rainfall and I somehow ended up on the topic of whether or not David/Marco/Rachel could work as a OT3 here on comment_fic. This happened. As the prompt had to be filled in a 'three sentence long fic' format beware of abused, over-stuffed run-on sentences, and every grammatical trick I could whip out of my sleeves because these are a LONG assortment of nine sentences. Haven't actually written anything in forever (let alone David!) and is this too weird, or is this a way that this OT3 might actually work/happen? (As this is a fledgling pairing, any and all comments and ideas are especially appreciated!)
Notes: Please pretend that David possibly wasn't just a
Crossposted here, here, and here at my journal.
Her hand grips steadily tighter around the pencil she's supposed to be using to bubble in the answers on the scan-tron test, and she feels the wood creak just barely perceptively between her fingers; it's close to breaking, but not quite there, which is remarkably close to how she feels at the moment - squeezed, bending away from how (who) she's supposed to be, unable to fulfill or focus on her proper function in school, the war, or her own life.
They're both in the same class with her now; one two rows ahead of her to the left and the other directly behind her and to the right, and she can practically feel the latter one breathing even though he's not technically close enough for the warmed air coming from his wicked, sarcastic mouth to actually be touching her, and there's no literal way the air from his lungs is carving a glistening ruby red A in the back of her head where everyone can see and know-
( He may have been ten paces more cautious than her and two strides less publicly selfish than David, but he was no yellow-blooded, lily-liveried coward, either. )
But go look at the cover for that short story and then try to tell me that you see anything other than an Andalite. =)
(Granted, I see the differences--that creature is built, and has clawed feet instead of hooves, and no tail blade, but...still. Lol.)
I would say it's either Rachel or Ax, but I can't decide which. But you may disagree with me. You could even make a case for David being the best fighter, since none of the Animorphs were able to defeat him in single combat.
Of course, if this was ever mentioned in the books and I missed it, that would be even better.
I'm working on some fanfic right now, and experiencing major block at this point. Any and all opinions are vigorously welcome, but please keep in mind that I'm really looking for some decidedly alien behaviors, not just human behavior transplanted to an Andalite body.
Thank you all so much!
(Warning for new readers that there might be spoilers in the comments of this post)
With the relaunch starting really soon, I've been getting really excited, like any other fan who read the books as they were getting released long ago in the 90's. But then I came across this post on Racebending.com about getting the Marco model changed. On the post, they say that the two changes being made to the series are the updated covers and "the book series' trademark pop culture references will be changed to appeal to young readers".
Are they really doing that? It seems like a massive job and could greatly affect the story. It shocked me because I hadn't considered the fact that the story might be changing; I thought the relaunch was strictly reprinting the old books with new covers.
And then it got me thinking as to if they were making any other changes to the story. Certainly nothing major (otherwise whole books would have to be rewritten) but is there anything else being changed? Do we know how drastic the changes are? And how do you feel about the changes that might be made?
I think we've touched on this topic before, in one of the character discussions or something, but it's something that's irked me again as I'm rereading the ending arc and I thought perhaps we could go a bit deeper.
( So let's get all Inception up in here.... )
The Animorphs lived (and the Yeerk invasion is set) somewhere in California- something about Hollywood/celebrities being on the news so much the Yeerka figured they were the most important people in the country, yes? However, once they had made multiple intellegent people controllers, why didn't the Yeerks focus on, say, New York City or Washington DC? Their both much more populated, financial and political powerhouses, etc.
Soooo anyone see the series playing completely differently if our human heroes had lived on the east coast? Aside from the fact the wouldn't have lived in near perpetual warm weather an KAA would have had to work seasons into the series *somewhere*.
I looked through the back posts in the comm, and the closest thing I can find is this post that includes a quote from an interview with KAA and Michael saying that their influences are more philosophical than science fiction, but with Ender's Game being released originally in 1985 (and that quote admitting that Michael's a scifi fan), I can't help wondering if Ender's Game had any influence on the series. Do any of you know anything, or have any thoughts on the matter?
On a smaller note, if you haven't read Ender's Game before, I'm 90% that any of you who enjoyed Animorphs would also enjoy Ender's Game as well. I highly recommend it, if you haven't already read it, and if you have, I'm very interested in your thoughts.
Which leads me to wonder--Could Andalites spook like horses do? I mean they won't flip out the way a horse does. Andalitse have the brain to assess what they see and realize it's not a threat. But still, they'd have that moment of "gasp OHSH-- oh, it's just a plastic bag in the wind." Especially if only one stalk eye is focused on something and the other has to whirl around to grant depth perception.
Baby Andalites would probably be the ones who would take off running in full flip-out freak mode.
And poor Gafinilan. His eyesight was going bad because of the Soola's disease. Can you imagine if his instincts to spook were triggered worse by his failing vision?* Poor guy.
*Horses can sometimes spook if they see something, but just don't see it CLEARLY because they're using their monocular side vision. Same as when you see something in the corner of your eye that can look distorted, like a shadow, so you jerk your head to look. A horse's instinct is to just GTFO. My mom rode and lived around horses a lot when she was young.
Gaffy probably couldn't see too well in the final stages of his sickness, so just a person walking into the house without identifying themselves could send him scurrying or whipping his tail. O_O Depends on how sick he is and if he can still use his tail by that point. That has to suck so bad for him.
"I wasn't just Cassie the Animorph anymore. I had been moved out of the Interior Department when the new President was elected. She had appointed me instead to the new position of Special Assistant to the President for Resident Aliens."
I find the use of the word 'she' to describe the President interesting. Since the US hasn't had a female president, I imagine this would have been a big deal in the Aniverse. But more importantly, it makes me wonder - what if the President is actually a female politician that we've met before? What if she's the Governor?
We never do find out the Governor's fate - and while it's likely that the Yeerks killed her, it is also possible that she managed to go into hiding and survive. If she did survive, well...being the person who warned the world of the Yeerk invasion? That's some serious political credibility there. (And personally, I think the Governor as the President would be awesome)
Of course, this would also mean that Marco would now be able to morph the President.
Anyhow, I've found that when I read the books, I gave some of the main Andalite characters the voices of actors I'm familiar with. Do you do this, too? Here's my cast:
Elfangor - Christopher Reeve http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Aximili - Elijah Wood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Aldrea - Willow Johnson (Kikyou in Inuyasha) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Alloran/Visser 3 - Christopher Lloyd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
HOWEVER, I'm stuck on one issue for a Rachel's family-centric series I'm working on. Rachel's mother, Naomi, isn't listed anywhere I can find with a last name... And I cannot see her AT ALL keeping her ex-husband's, or using his professionally (given their head butting marital history) before the divorce.
I've wiki-ed (all I learned there was that Naomi means "enjoyment, pleasure, or gratification" - ha, irony you win again) and I've googled and I've got NOTHING concise. A little help from the fandom?
Thank you! ❀
I've been doing a mass reread in the last while, and I've been thinking about #41, with its extremely ambiguous ending.
Obviously, it's very much left open to interpretation what Jake decided ... the way he calls Cassie at the end could play into either scenario.
My personal opinion is that Jake chose to sacrifice Cassie. To me, this book marks a turning point in his character, and the events here set the stage for him to make the decision that he did in 53. In light of how he acts later, I think it seems inevitable that he did choose to sacrifice her here.
What do you guys think Jake chose to do?
Also, what do you think of the theory that the being at the end is The One? To me, it doesn't seem like it. The way it spoke was rather dissimilar to The One. But another high-up omnipotent being is hard to swallow - unless it's some kind of Ellimist squared, on a par with The One (who I always thought of as basically Crayak2). (Ooh, fanfic idea ...)