I want to talk about why the Animorphs may be my first exposure to anarchy and militancy and how it might be my “root”.
- The books are about a group of children fighting an incredibly powerful, well-organized, hierarchical group of genocidal slave owners.
- Their grasp of security culture is better than 90% of anarchists I know right now. They don’t tell you where they live. They don’t tell you their real names. They don’t talk about animorphary on the phones or on the computer.
- Remember the 90s when books and shows had actual people of color as MAIN CHARACTERS? I do. The Animorphs are a super diverse group of kids and their varied identities include poor, black, latino, femme, women, foster kid, middle class, white, and frankly I always read Tobias as a person of color but I can’t remember if I were eventually proven correct.
- They wage a GUERILLA WAR ON GENOCIDAL SLAVE OWNERS.
- They don’t trust cops. Or politicians. Or principals. Or grown ups at all.
- Rachel is one of the best female characters ever. She’s pretty and popular and people read her as ditzy which she ALLOWS AND ENCOURAGES because she’s actually the toughest bitch ever. Many times the male characters describe her as scary, as the toughest and strongest one of them all, and I’ll always remember how one character (Jake) says something to the effect of how becoming an Animorph was the best thing to ever happen to her because truly she is a warrior. But she still loves fashion and dating and that’s presented as completely fine.
So in conclusion, the Animorphs books are about a small affinity group with magic powers to change into animals so they can kill genocidal slave owners in a secret guerilla war.
The best, man. The best.