sent to 386 people this week, it's... ------------------------- ANIMORPHS ~ weekly ~ NEWSLETTER ------------------------- ISSUE #131 WEEK OF JANUARY 14, 2000 <HI EVERYONE!> Okay, the last group of subscribers has been added to the eGroups list, so if you're reading this, it should have come from eGroups, even though "firstname.lastname@example.org" is shown as the sender in whatever e-mail programs you're using... There's a bit of EXCITING, yet sad news in this issue, so be sure to read all the news. &&&&&&&&& AWN FORUM &&&&&&&&& Last week's forum question was: CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR ANIMORPHS #49!!! How could Cassie's parents, Rachel's family, and Loren have reacted better when being snatched away from their homes by the Animorphs? "I think they could have tried to believe that their kids were not crazy. That always helps!" -- Carly "I really enjoyed book #49, it was very good, but the way the Animorph's parents reacted to the fact that their kids had been fighting in an universal war for more than two years seemed very unrealistic to me. It's hard to explain, but they didn't ask as many questions as real people would (may) have (well, maybe they did ask alot of questions. The author probally just left it out...anyway...). Another point I noticed was the fact that Loren didn't seem as greatful for Tobias and the Animorphs as I thought she should (or could) have been. She seemed very happy, but not as greatful as I expected." -- Tyler I personally thought the reactions seemed like the ghostwriter thought too hard about them and so they ended up sounding fake. If the reactions had just been written as naturally as the questions came into the author's mind, it would have sounded more realistic. I would have expected the parents to want to hear the story more than once... Like when Cassie told her parents and they were like, "Oh, I'm so sorry, it must have been horrible." I would have thought they'd say something along the lines of, "Hold on...what did you say? Aliens?!" Anyway, those are my thoughts. ***This week's forum question is: If you could change one thing about the entire Animorphs series, what would it be? Please send in your forum responses to email@example.com with "forum" as the subject! You can also respond online at the AWN website, http://awn.ani-news.com ! %%%%%%%% AWN POLL %%%%%%%% Last week's poll question was: CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR ANIMORPHS #49!!! Do you think that the capture of Jake's family foreshadows that he will be the one to die? Yes: 80% No: 20% ***This week's poll question is: Is it likely that we humans might one day invent a technology similar to morphing? Even if it's 1000 years from now? Send in your poll responses to firstname.lastname@example.org with "poll" as the subject, or respond online at http://awn.ani-news.com ! ====== NEWS ====== -- REVIEW OF ANIMORPHS #49 THE DIVERSION Guillermo sent me his review for #49. I must say that I completely agree with what he says! Here it is: "Can I just say this is an awesome book? Awesome, amazing, extraordinary, these words can't say how good this book is. But this phrase can, #49 The Diversion is now my all-time favorite Animorphs book, the BEST book since #1 The Invasion. I loved it so much, it's an AMAZING book. The writing is first rate, Lisa Harkrader did an awesome job in writing this book, her best work ever. The emotion of a mother and her child is portrayed so well, I almost cried. But what HAPPENS in the book is even more amazing, the characters, the planning, never would I imagine reading the words I read in #49, it's totally amazing. This book is a landmark, a turning point. It was organized extremely well, never got confusing and never, never ever got boring. I can't tell you how much I loved this book! Another thing I loved about #49, was that a few quotes made me laugh, and no other Animorphs book has made me laugh. #49 had EVERYTHING, humour, emotion, action, intrigue, suspense. Just so amazing, an amazing book! My grade is more than an A+." -- TITLE OF ANIMORPHS #54 RELEASED Thanks to MZ boarder TAS (and B. Dalton bookstore), we now know the title to the very last regular Animorphs book (I say "regular" because there's still the Animorphs Bible to come after that). I predicted many weeks ago that this should be the title, and despite evreybody who thought "The End" would be appropriate, well, apparently Scholastic decided to spare us one last pun like that... Anyway, for those who are dying to know, the title of Animorphs #54 will be............. "The Beginning" -- DAVID B. MATTINGLY SUBMITS PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN ARTWORK FOR ANIMORPHS BIBLE As you all know, there will be an Animorphs "Bible" released around September of this year. It will contain K.A.'s conceptual work, sketches, behind the scenes stuff, etc. In the "Ask David" column at Monster's Animorphs Site (MAS, http://www.animorphs.org ), David B. Mattingly wrote "I submitted some material for the Animorphs bible to Scholastic, including some unseen sketches and a rejected cover version, but I have no advance word about what will be in it." Perhaps we'll get to see what this rejected cover is and decide if we like it better than what was actually used! I'm really looking forward to this book... (I'm leaving the following headlines in AWN this week just because they're rather important and I felt like they need more than one week of publicity.) -- BIOGRAPHY OF K.A. APPLEGATE IN THE WORKS MORPHZ has reported that an unofficial biography of K.A. Applegate is in the planning stages and will probably be released this September. K.A. will be among other honored authors such as J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Dr. Seuss, and Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach, The BFG). You can see the Amazon.com listing for the book at: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1584150793 . -- COVERS OF TWO NEW HARRY POTTER BOOKS RELEASED The covers of two new small paperbacks written by J.K. Rowling have been released. "Quidditch Through the Ages" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will hit bookstore shelves in February, 2001, and all profits will go to benefit a charity named Comic Relief. The images are here: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0439295025.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg (Quidditch), and http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0439295017.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg (Fantastic Beasts), and http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0439284031.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg (both books together) -- PRODUCTION IMAGE FROM HARRY POTTER MOVIE RELEASED The first image of Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Harry Potter has been released! It shows Harry in his Gryffindor robes, his arm outstretched with Hedwig perched on it...it's a really great picture, and I think it captures Harry very well! You can catch a glimpse of the pic by clicking this link: http://nothlit.virtualave.net/images/harry_production.jpg . $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ADVERTISEMENT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Reana asked me to post this in AWN: "Attention Harry Potter fans! I'm starting a newsletter for all the fans out there. If you would be interested in joining, or receiving a preview of the newsletter, e-mail me, Reana, at email@example.com for more infomation. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!" +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ ON THE BOOK CHARTS -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- On the charts this week: #49 The Diversion is at 112 this week, up from 116 last week. <><><><><><><><><><><> WEB PAGE OF THE WEEK <><><><><><><><><><><> -- http://www.geocities.com/anitribute/cheese.html -- Animorphs: The Cheese Okay, I know I used this same site last week, but Chris, the webmaster, has made a new ten-part Animorphs movie in full color called "Animorphs: The Cheese" and it is HILARIOUS! This guy is good. And you just gotta love the morphs...and the Ellimist is just SO COOL LOOKING! I love it! :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CLOSING REMARKS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks for reading AWN this week! School starts back for me on Tuesday (ugh) but hopefully it won't be all that bad. I hope you all had a great holiday...and don't forget about your New Year's resolutions! See ya next week, Nothlit <QUOTE OF THE WEEK> -- <CHEEEEEEEZE!> ... "Cheeeeeesuh!" -- Ax, in "Animorphs: The Cheese" (I really am obsessed with this...) ****************************************************************** Get all the latest news, polls, and forums at the Animorphs Weekly Newsletter's Official site! All that and more...only at http://awn.ani-news.com . ****************************************************************** ANIMORPHS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER #131 is copyright (c) 2001 by Adam Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org). NO NEWS SHOULD BE POSTED ON ANY WEB SITE OR NEWSLETTER WITHOUT GIVING ANIMORPHS WEEKLY PROPER CREDIT AND LINKING TO http://awn.ani- news.com .