When I was about 14-16 I read all of the current Warrior books. That would be:
Warriors: The Prophecies Begin (2003–2004)
Warriors: The New Prophecy (2005–2006)
Each series had six books (six from six authors). I would say that I found them great at the time, I was a huge fan at first. I have since read all of the books in the different Warriors series. But my fandom level has dropped and I find them tedious, though the The Prophecies Begin and The New Prophecy were held in my memory, cherished as only a teen could.
I skip all the “traveling” chapters now. Journeys were boring even before they became an overused plot device. Even early on in The New Prophecy when it was a new thing, I remember being really disappointed that they still hadn’t made it back to the Clans by the end of Moonrise after nearly two books of being on a journey. When I get to one I just roll my eyes because they are all so similar.
There are a lot of reused plot devices in the series a couple that I recognized when I first read the books were:
Flirting between cats from different clans
“Can Starclan see me so far from home?”
Catching rats in a barn
Riverclan cat teaches others to fish
Older cat makes some reference to the Great Journey
Sheep, cows, or horses
And yet the book series seems to have so many of these obligatory plot devices to fill pages. Here are some of the obligatory elements that I have encountered:
filler pages describing the environment
trek into a twoleg place where you are guaranteed to meet: dogs, hostile rogues/kittypets, or kittypet/loner
2 pages dedicated to every instance in which the characters are trying to cross a Thunderpath (at one point, one of the characters will just barely avoid being hit by a monster)
a conversation with a loner/kittypet/rogue in which said loner/kittypet/rogue asks a question or makes a remark which prompts the character/s to explain what clans are, explain that they are clan cats, etc., usually resulting in the loner/kittypet/rogue expressing wonder, confusion, fear, or wariness
encounter with a friendly kittypet/loner
The encounter is often used to save the characters from some sort of threat, thus acting like a Deus Ex Machina tool that is employed. Though the kittypet/loner trope is one of the series’ biggest McGuffens.
encounter with hostile rogues/kittypets
The encounter is usually as a simple means to progress the story. It can either happen as a result of or be the result of one of the characters speaking with a rogue/kittypet. They will either need directions or hints as to the whereabouts of x or y that is or is not important to the core plot.
the characters get temporarily separated by a threat
encounter with a dog/dogs
encounter with a fox
eagle attack when they go into the mountains
Kaydence At A Glance
I am a city clerk by day and an tenacious TV junkie and bookworm by night. When I am not binging on books and television I can be found fraternizing with friends. At least when I am not fraternizing with my boyfriend.
And if you haven’t guessed it yet, I have green eyes.