Today Jaypaw tackles the question, Why do all fanfictions include a prophecy?
Prophecies are a major part of most fanfictions you read. Sometimes they’re easy to figure out. Sometimes you’re like WHAT BE YOU SAYING STARCLAN! But prophecies are almost always important.
I think this is because of how important prophecies are in the books themselves. Each series has a prophecy of its own, sometimes two or three. (Usually they fit in the second category.) This seems almost an essential element to a Warriors story, and the prospect of making up your own is what makes Warriors so perfect for fanfics.
Prophecies add tension, and mean something bad will happen, which, well not too good for the cats, is a great plot element! You can create tension around something else, but it’s hard unless something very major happens. A fanfic about cats chasing mice for twenty chapters is boring.
Also, when you create characters you get pretty attached to them. It’s tempting to give them a prophecy all about themselves, especially if if it’s about special powers or saving the clan.
Prophecies add mystery to the story as well. Everyone loves speculating about who the prophecy is about. If you figure it out before the hero, you feel on top of the world. Even otherwise you think, ‘I’ll get it next time!’