Reasons Why I Love the Original Series by Spikey

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Spikey explains why they enjoyed reading The Prophecies Begin SOOOOO much more than the other series

Hi, I’m Spikey, and these are the reasons why I enjoy reading the original series more so than other Warriors books. *Spoilers*

1. Timing and Character development
When I read Into the Wild, it seemed that it flowed so smoothly, and it never felt rushed. I’ve heard different opinions on how time passed in the first books. I’ve heard some people say that Firestar and Graystripe were made Warriors too quickly, however, I thought the timing was very fitting. Many times when I read the newer Warriors books, it seems that the main characters are apprentices for SO LONG. Even though apprenticeship does take time, it can get boring to read about the younger cats. There was a certain feeling of success that came when Firestar and Graystripe were made warriors, because they had been through so much.

Now we come to character development. At the beginning of the books, the characters are introduced in such a way that we feel we already know them. And by the time we reach The Darkest Hour, we’ve learned so much about our favorite characters. Take Bluestar for example. When we first meet her, we think, “Oh, she’s just like any other leader from any other book would be.” But by the time we’ve reached the Darkest Hour, we find out that she ACTUALLY made mistakes. We find out that she was in a forbidden relationship, and that Mistyfoot and Stonefur are her kits. We also see her go crazy after believing that StarClan has betrayed her.

One common argument among fans of the series is whether or not Firestar had proper character development. I believe that Firestar did have some moments of character development, however. Every Warriors fan seems to complain that Firestar is a Gary-Sue, and that he always does everything right. They also complain that he is never properly corrected, and that he is always in the right. This is not so. One of the first things he does is hunt for himself and Yellowfang, therefore forgetting to put the Clan first. And he gets punished.

2. The Bad guys

The characters in the original series are so well thought out, even when it’s obvious who is good, and who is bad. For instance, we all begin to realize very quickly that Tigerstar is a negative, but we never know to what measures he will go to fulfill his dreams. And he doesn’t simply become the bad guy overnight; he does a little more evil each time and slowly becomes a big bad.

Another bad kitty that I’d like to talk about is Brokenstar. Brokenstar is not as popular a villian as Tigerstar or Scourge, but he was probably the first well-developed villian we see. He isn’t just the “I was always an ambitious cat,” type. In just a few books we learn that this horrible cat was born to a medicine cat, and that he broke the rules before and during his leadership. LZRD WIZRD even relates Brokenstar to Hitler, which has a lot to do with his character development. He uses kits to do his dirty work in battle, which almost makes him a worse villian than Tigerstar or Scourge (at least, in my opinion). When we read about Brokenstar and his fall, it almost distracts us from the bigger picture.

3. The Good guys
When we first meet characters like Firestar and Graystripe, we don’t even realize what is ahead of them. As the books go on, we see their constant struggle to serve their Clan and remain loyal. As I mentioned earlier, Firestar and his development can be a controversial subject. Another reason for this is the character’s helpful attitude. Many times, we see that Firestar can be WAY too helpful. At first it’s not so bad, but then, as a leader, he has a hard time remembering that the other Clans don’t want his help. I can see why this would be a struggle for Firestar, and that’s only the half of it.

Firestar wasn’t the only character that had struggles. More so than we see Firestar’s struggle, we see Graystripe’s. He meets Silverstream in Fire and Ice, and that’s where his struggles begin. After her death, he’s unsure of where his loyalties lie, and we see how he struggles with this later. He goes to RiverClan with his kits and stays there for a while, and even after he comes back, he struggles with Silverstream’s death. In The Lost Warrior, we see how he dreams about her, and at first we see a reluctance to move on. All of this effects the characters later, and helps them to know what is right.

4. Plot lines
At the beginning of the books, the plot lines were somewhat obvious, but they carried a certain mystery to them. One of the best parts about Into the Wild is that we see Clan life from an outsiders perspective. After all, how easy would it have been to read from a normal warrior’s perspective? Because we know nothing about Clans and cats until the books, we must start from the perspective of someone exactly like us; someone young and nieve.

Another part of this great plotline is the prophecy. At the beginning of the book, we know nothing about prophecies. This is one reason why the ‘Fire alone’ prophecy fits so well. It’s not hard to see who the prophecy is about. The hard part is the fact that we have no idea how Firestar (Firepaw at the time) will save the Clans. Because of this mystery, we keep reading.

5. Suprises
This should probably fall under ‘plot lines’ but there’s a reason I separated the two. The best part of these books is, at times, the suprise at the end. Who would’ve guessed that Tigerstar would be made leader of ThunderClan? Or that poor Cinderpelt would never become a warrior? I never would’ve known that Spottedleaf would be killed so quickly, or that Graystripe would be captured by Twolegs. These are some of the greatest parts of the series, because of the shock that we experience. Is mainly in those shocking moments that we become emotionally attached to characters, because we realized the realness of it all. With the series, anything could happen at any given moment, just like in the real world. And those are the reasons that I love the original series.

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23 comments

  • I like the first series very much too and I think you wrote down most of the reasons why so many of us do so either.
    But I like the new books and storys too. They have great charakters and the story might seem a bit repetative in some parts (Clan-to-Clan relationships, etc.) but they always contain some new aspects about that (Like Dovewing rejecting Tigerheart).

    Some people say that warriors got lame after series one and I have some points to say about that.
    Hmm… Maybe I could do an article about it some day! ;P

  • I love the original series, but I think The New Prophecy is my favourite. Something about the cats heading into the unknown was pretty cool to me, but The Power of Three and Omen of the Stars were slightly disappointing personally (With the exception of the Fourth Apprentice, I love that book XD) I enjoyed The Apprentice’s Quest, and I hope that Thunder and Shadow is just as good. AVoS seems almost like a fresh start for the series, and I’m loving it XD Nice article!

  • OH MY GOSH. IF I COULD, I WOULD LITERALLY GIVE YOU A MILLION DOLLARS!

    Everything in this article is correct, and you have thought of everything. The reason why people say that Firestar became an apprentice too early is because his apprenticeship lasted only ONE book. However, about a third of the way through Into the Wild, it breaks the confusion by saying “a few moons later…” When we reach the fall of Brokenstar, it has been over five moons at least since Firepaw entered the forest.

    But some may think Firestar became a warrior early because he had only been training for five moons (like I said above). I think the reason he was apprenticed is because he was such good friends with Greypaw, and it was time for Greypaw to become a warrior. Also, some say that he was made a warrior at least a moon before Dustpaw and Sandpaw. I believe, as the same reasons as above, that because he was friends with Greystripe, he became a warrior with Greystripe, and that Greypaw became an apprentice BEFORE Dustpaw and Sandpaw.

    Great article!

    (*☻-☻*)

  • I did really like the original series, but I didn’t like the fact that in those books no one cared about parentage (it was barely mentioned). And the kits were never called by their name. They were just called kit/kits. We never really found out their names until the became apprentices. I liked it better in the other series when cats cared and we went more in depth with heritage, and the kits go SOOOO much more attention. My personal favorite series would definitely be The New Prophecy. Great article though! 🙂

    • I always liked to think the lack of kits being mentioned in the first series was that Fireheart was just really oblivious to how many kits the Clan had, what their names were, and who their parents were.

      He’d just sort of be like, “Oh yeah, that little tabby one, I think that’s Speckletail’s?”
      “Fireheart, Speckletail doesn’t have any tabbies”
      “Oh well, back to moping over Spottedleaf and stalking Tigerclaw”

      I also feel like he was very oblivious to family relationships, like who is mates with who, and especially who the parents of his denmates as an apprentice are.

    • Most likely down to it being the 1st series so there wasn’t a standard set, and, in terms of action value, there’s not much point on focusing on ‘minor’ characters who won’t impact the plot until later down.

  • I like all the series. They’ve all got something original inside: The stories are different.
    But I like the “Original” most 🙂

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