My Thoughts on Where the Warriors Series is Going by Beardrop

Beardrop discusses the future of the Warriors series.

Artwork by Wayne McLoughlin

Hello! I’m just going to be analyzing the Warriors series so far and my thoughts on where the Warriors series is going.

MAIN POINTS:
If I’m being entirely honest, I’m not sure I enjoy the Warriors series that much anymore. Let me explain.
The first series (TPB) was very well done and highly enjoyable. Especially when I first discovered the Warriors books, they were my favourite series out of everything I have read, and they were like an escape from reality to me. The books were well written and very high quality, and very minimal mistakes were made.
I feel that as the series progressed, however, there was less communication between the authors, and the editors were getting a bit sloppy. Mostly just small things like Dovewing’s eye colour and messing up the names of characters hinted at this, but it still took away from the magical feeling that, “hey, this could be real.” Of course, I know it isn’t, but it’s nice to pretend sometimes, and these little mistakes make it harder.
When I was younger and my cat died, I pretended that they went to the world of Warriors. It comforted me. It’s simply harder to imagine that now.
And no offense to the writers, of course! They’re wonderful at what they do and the Warriors series was an amazing thing to bring into the world.
I’m just saying that, perhaps, as the series progressed, maybe the writers were losing interest, ideas, and inspiration.
Again, mostly it’s just little mistakes, but that’s not the only thing I’d like to point out. Another thing is the actual plot lines of the newer books. It feels to me that as the series goes on, the Erin Hunter team is running out of ideas to write about. The first few series’ had solid, believable plot lines, but in my opinion, around AVoS, the plots became more sloppy and a little less realistic. The plot of TBC, in my opinion, was a bit of a stretch, especially compared to plot lines of other series’. TPB- Firestar and his journey to becoming a warrior cat and leader of TC(as well as other things). TNP- The Clans having to find a new home to escape the terror of the Twolegs. PoT- Jayfeather, Hollyleaf, and Lionblaze discovering they have powers (or don’t) and an opening to OotS. OotS- The battle between good (StarClan) and evil (The Place of No Stars.) AVoS- The rediscovering of SkyClan and fighting Darktail. TBC? A previously never evil cat somehow possessing a leader and taking control of the Clans. What? That doesn’t make sense according to the rest of the series. Maybe it’s not super far-fetched, considering the plot line of OotS, but it’s still really weird. And ASC- As far as I know, it’s just RC losing their leader and then SC forcing leadership into the paws of a helpless medicine cat apprentice. Uh… that’s a little weird.
Overall, my point is, I think the Warriors series needs to end, or at least take a break so more ideas can come up and maybe take more time to figure out some of the lore points in this series.

EXTRA:
I’m just going to take a bit of time to talk about AVoS and Super Editions. This isn’t really necessary to the rest of the article, it’s just me adding more points to the main point 😛
So, about AVoS.
[SPOILERS TO AVoS AHEAD] A little plot summary- basically, we have three main characters: Alderheart, Violetshine, and Twigbranch. It starts off as Alderheart (Alderpaw at the time) getting a vision from StarClan about a missing, scattered fifth Clan called SkyClan. As the story progresses, Alderheart learns the truth about SkyClan from his father, Bramblestar, and is eventually given permission to go on a patrol to find the missing Clan. As the patrol (consisting of Alderpaw, Sandstorm, Molewhisker, Sparkpaw, and Cherryfall) heads out, they run into Needlepaw of ShadowClan and are forced to take her with them. The mission is unsuccessful, however, they run into a group of rogues led by a cat called Darktail, and on the way back, Alderpaw and Needlepaw find two kits, who are eventually named Twigkit and Violetkit, bringing in our two next main characters. As the story goes on, it’s basically Alderheart insisting upon trying to find SkyClan, Violetshine and Twigbranch struggling to find a place in the Clans, and Twigpaw being a little rebellious girlboss (which eventually leads Twigpaw to actually finding SkyClan, took ‘em long enough). Eventually, Darktail and his group of rogues turn up by the lake (surprise, surprise) and are introduced as the manipulative main antagonists of the series.
May I also mention there’s a great STORM Alderheart got a prophecy about near the beginning of the series? Oh yeah, that’s right, THAT WHOLE PLOT LINE WAS CONCLUDED IN A DANG S U P E R E D I T I O N.
At least, that’s what you’re lead to believe, until The Raging Storm comes along and just, la di da, changed EVERYTHING you believed about the “Great Storm”.
Let me just say, AVoS was very disconnected, very confusing, and in my opinion, was not a very great series.
Now, moving on to my thoughts on ✨Super Editions✨
The Super Editions are supposed to be side plots; not very important to the main series, mostly just to let you know more about a certain character and get a look into their life if it wasn’t shown in the main series. However, the more Super Editions we get, it seems the more important the plots of them are to the main series.
I spent the whole second half of AVoS going, “heh? What Great Storm? When did this happen?” because I didn’t know it had taken place in BRAMBLESTAR’S STORM. Same with Tigerheart’s Shadow- in the main series, Dovewing and Tigerheart kind just disappeared and reappeared, no questions asked. It’s the MOST CONFUSING THING. Yeah, that’s right, that’s because if you haven’t read Tigerheart’s Shadow, a SUPER EDITION that SHOULD NOT BE IMPORTANT TO THE PLOT, you’ll never know what happened with Dovewing and Tigerheart and their little journey into the unknown.

Anyway, that’s just my opinion on the Warriors series right now. Its a great series overall, but it definitely needs some clean up.

dang, i think i made the extra points as long as the main ones-

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