All I have to say is what. the. hell! As you are aware of the weekly publication in days past of Pottertastic Tidbits I am a diehard Potter fan. That should alert you to how monumental it is that I think I cried more at the ending of the Animorphs series than I did for Potter. True story. Both children's books series use a war as the focal point and feature substantial losses on both sides. However, Harry Potter ends with the final statement, "All was well," and even though there were more casualties than in Animorphs, it still ties together nicely in a little bow named King's Cross train station. Animorphs, on the other hand, ends on a bitter note portraying the aftermath of the war and it's impact on all of the characters. All but one are left miserable, and the one that isn't miserable is pretty much the reason the others are depressed. I was initially upset by this ending, but this bitch slap from K.A. Applegate has led me to finally cope and accept the ending of this series (Please note: if you actually care about Animorphs spoilers, don't go to the Applegate letter).
Yet again, I would like to state that I refuse to believe that fictional characters are not real. I don't know when (or if) I can recover from my favorite Animorph dying, but I will find a way. I somehow managed to survive Sirius Black going deadside, so I guess I can handle this. Right?