My Opinions on Mapleshade by Hollykit

Hollykit shares their opinions on the conniving villainess from RiverClan, Mapleshade.

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I love Mapleshade. In my opinion, she is very underrated. Almost everyone seems to hate her, usually also because they think she’s overrated! Well, here’s what I think.

1. “She’s so unreasonable!”
She didn’t have to harm anyone. It’s true. She was hallucinating, though, and wanted vengeance for her kits. Tigerstar killed just for power and leadership. And maybe Mapleshade wasn’t the smartest.. that isn’t bad.

2. “She’s so cruel! Why did she kill Frecklewish?!”
Frecklewish was so kind, and helped Mapleshade take care of her amazing kits. Then Mapleshade killed her. Why? Frecklewish cruelly let her kits die. And maybe Mapleshade did something wrong by breaking the warrior code. Maybe Appledusk did something wrong, killing Birchface. But what did the kits do? Frecklewish could have saved those kits. Mapleshade loved them, and she wanted Frecklewish to feel that pain.

3. “She’s mouse-brained for bringing her kits across the river!”
She made a mistake. Not her fault that she didn’t know the river was flooding.

4. “She keeps killing everyone..”
Yes. Yes she does. She never stopped. She just couldn’t. She didn’t want a boring life in the dark forest. She wanted to kill. And maybe she isn’t relatable. “I drowned my kids and had a hallucination where they told me to kill everyone! So I did!! Yayy!” But she was never meant to be.

5. “SHE BROKE THE CODE!1!11!!!1!!”
She loved someone. And she broke the code to see them. So did Leafpool, Crowfeather, Bluestar, Oakheart, Graystripe, Silverstream, Dovewing, Tigerstar, Fallowtail, Reedfeather, Yellowfang, Raggedstar.. and is it bad that Mapleshade did too? And she killed others. There is no way I can get a list for the many cats who have killed others.

6. “She is evil.”
Yeah, she is. And I love it. Villains can be interesting. That doesn’t make her a bad character, simply because she’s evil. I hate some characters for what they did, like Rainflower. We all have opinions though, and I don’t think Rainflower had any story but being Crookedstar’s evil mother.

I think that’s it. I hope you enjoyed my first Blogclan article. This is just my opinion, we all have them. I’d love to hear your’s in the comments!

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