30 Day Geek Out Challenge – Day 1

One of the first things I really got obsessed over was the Animorphs book series by K.A. Applegate, in elementary school. I didn’t even know what a fandom was at that point, but I was definitely a part of it. I read EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. All 64 of them.

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For September I’m trying something just for fun. Megan over at A Geeky Gal blog created this challenge for fellow geeks to share all about what makes them nerdy. You can see her completed challenge post here.

She started the challenge at the beginning of August and I found out about it halfway in so I’ve waited until the end to start mine. I am hoping to answer each question once per day, as well as keeping up with my usual posts.

I hope you enjoy! Here is the Day 1 question:

What was your first fandom?

One of the first things I really got obsessed over was the Animorphs book series by K.A. Applegate, in elementary school. I didn’t even know what a fandom was at that point, but I was definitely a part of it. I read EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. All 64 of them.

Not only did I read every single book, but I wrote and read what I didn’t realize was fan fiction. I drew fan art. I coerced my brother and cousins to play Animorphs games with me.

I even attempted some Animorphs role-playing in AOL chat rooms (dying of embarrassment over here).

I remember picking out the fourth book in the series, The Message at my school’s Scholastic book fair (remember those?!) because it had a picture of a girl changing into a dolphin (my favorite animal) on the front.

I was hooked from the get go.

I still fondly remember those books and how they ignited my young imagination. They created an initial love of sci-fi.

I had always loved the idea of being able become other animals, and this series delivered 64 books about doing just that.

You can still buy Animorphs books. I’ve been thinking about giving them a re-read and may even try to introduce them to my kids some day. The pop culture references will be a bit dated, but otherwise, they’re still great fiction. You can check them out on Amazon.

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What about you? What was your first fandom? Tell me in the comments!

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