Before I go in-depth to discuss this topic of lacking of realism in the Warriors series, I would like to acknowledge the fact that this is a fiction book. Fiction means non-factual and imaginary, in short. I do not have an issue with the fact that the book is a fiction book, since I am a fan of numerous other fiction series that are written well. However, as much as I do not have a problem with the label on the book, I have a problem with what the book itself contains. I would like to note that I understand Warriors is a completely fictional series, but as far as reincarnation, death meanings, battle numbers, love expression, and the super-powers go, my mind has difficulty grasping these ideas in a book, especially since they do not blend in well with the main focus of the series.
What Went Wrong
I honestly love the Warriors series- I truly do. I have no desire in having second thoughts before I read a newly released Warriors book, because I want to keep being able to like the series. I have known the Warriors series for quite a long time, now, and I have no intention in halting my reading of the books just as they come out. However, there have been outrageous ideas from Dawn and forward introduced in these books, and the ideas that have been added only prove how desperate the Erins are. That is when the lack of realism has revealed itself, and the levels of it have only been skyrocketing up to the end of the series. That is where the line between decent fiction and unbelievable fiction has been crossed.
What Emphasizes Their Desperation
Knowing how the Erins write, I would have expected better ideas out of them, as the series after The New Prophecy continued to drag by. Every book I have read after Dawn, I end up more and more disappointed with the series as a whole. The death counts of every battle and journey made were intolerable, the reincarnation bull was not well thought out, the way the Erins expressed love made it seem like an easy road, and most of all, the annoying powers that ended the series worse than the long-awaited final book could have been made into. These ideas were most certainly not thought out well. Without further ado, allow me to explain the issues I have with death in the series.
Death and Meaning
Death in Warriors is thought out in the form to be a departure of a spirit from a body to ancestors, mentioned in Into the Wild. I admire the structure that the Erins created for this, as it gives fellow readers a chance to open their minds about religion. It is expressed in a way, especially after Cloudtail an Mothwing are brought into the series, that you are free to believe in what you have faith in- or simply not believe in anything. To my disappointment, this structure began to fall apart, gradually as each new book was released. Putting this simply, death has no meaning in Warriors, anymore.
Some of you might ask when it ever did. Warriors began to lose fans the instance the Cinderpelt incident with Cinderheart occurred, and the book can claim as much as it desires. However, that was most definitely not a real reincarnation. If anything, that was just the spirit of Cinderpelt reappearing in the body of a newborn kit that was named after her, then departing when Lionblaze helps Cinderheart set her free in The Last Hope. While on the note of The Last Hope, the death count numbers were unacceptable for such a big battle that has been well-awaited by several fans. Hell, in the BloodClan battle, more cats were killed- that was only a brutal Clan. In this final battle, we are not talking several warriors, but a likely endless flow of hungry, ambitious spirits that have been plotting revenge for goodness-knows-how-long. The Great Journey rivals this- one death of an apprentice after at least two moons in blizzards, starvation and cold. It is hard to tell which is more disappointing while comparing death numbers, the final battle or the Great Journey.
On the subject of the Great Journey, upon gaining this new knowledge from The Sun Trail, and recalled memory from Sign of the Moon- it should not have happened. If the cats had just moved to a different area of the lake, or hell, stayed there, this journey would not have occurred seasons into the future. It makes absolutely no sense for cats to move from the lake to the mountains, send some from the mountains to the forest, while keeping some in the mountains, and having the forest cats several years later, move back to the lake. In addition, if there was a Tribe for the journeying cats to actually encounter, then surely that must mean not all of the mountain cats died, as many thought. The excuse Rock made was utter bull, in regards with the reincarnation idea, which leads me to explain the next unrealistic aspect of this topic: Reincarnation.
Reincarnation Ideals and Facts
Reincarnation is relevant to the belief that after a biological death, a spirit proceeds to begin a new life in a new body. New life, which refers to the fact that the idea of Cinderpelt as a reincarnation was never a reincarnation, since the memories belonging to Cinderpelt returned to Cinderheart, later on. One can argue that Cinderheart started out with a new life, as a kit, but how exactly long did that last? Not terribly long, but it was because of Jayfeather that he was told by Yellowfang to bring Cinderheart to make a decision. How did that benefit the plot of the story? Not well.
I was not too completely satisfied with the Three reincarnations, as well. In Long Shadows, at least they made Jayfeather have a similar situation as far as reincarnation goes, but that is all the credit I am prepared to give, on that note. I honestly have no clue what the benefit in bringing the Ancients and reincarnation into the series was, considering that it did not have much to do with the series before Jaypaw even went to the mountains. Why not keep the story going, rather than sending the Two and Hollyleaf to the mountains? I do not see a reason for bringing Lion's Roar and Dove Wing into the series- they hardly did much as characters, including Lion's Roar's birth. Powers or not, there was no good reason for the assumed Three, at the present time, to be sent to the mountains, which aids me to the following discussion that many Warriors fans have solid opinions over: the Powers.
How Powers Affected The Series
I will admit, I once found the powers idea rather cool. However, that was back when I was still new to the Warriors series, and never once thoroughly thought about how unfairness and the dropping of the decency of the cats who contained them had been. I know that this topic has been butchered enough by several people, but I am going to reiterate for the sake of exposing my opinion and the truth about these powers.
These powers destroyed the Power of Three series for me. All of the potential that I saw in the next two arcs would be destroyed the moment I reread The Sight, because of these powers. When I reread this book, I imagined that Lionpaw would not end up as an arrogant warrior, but at least a decent one for his Clan. The apparent invincible bull surely flushed that image down the toilet. Lionpaw, of course, had to be the strongest warrior of ThunderClan, arrogant beyond belief to the point he frightened Hollypaw, at some point during Outcast. Of course, we have Dovewing, who takes too much advantage of her powers to spy on other Clans, and while reading Omen of The Stars, one question enters my head:
Why all in ThunderClan?
If the Erins absolutely had to add in powers, they surely could have at least placed the three cats in different Clans. Spicing up the storyline with three cats having to meet up and figure out the plans of the Dark Forest to save the Clans from destruction- seems like a pretty damn good series to me! But no. They all had to be in ThunderClan, and the fact that Firestar was the fourth only made this worse. The moment ThunderClan had the Three, the other Clans ended up with nothing. Of course ThunderClan would win the battles. Of course ThunderClan would be the ultimate Clan. Of course ThunderClan could defy the warrior code, which will guide us to the annoying forbidden love expressions.
How Love Is Portrayed
Another user has touched up on this topic, the link to her blogs here and here, but I am going to detail the way love is expressed in Warriors. Love, in Warriors, exists only as a healing remedy and a way for fellow cats to defy the sacred warrior code. The warrior code that ancestors have fought long and hard to protect, may as well have crumbled to dust, starting with Graystripe and Silverstream. Now, I know that two young creatures going out and other is rather realistic, but the fact that it acts as a way to tell readers that forbidden love is okay, is not a desirable message writers should send out. You may as well be telling children to defy their parents for love, because a book says it is okay. No. This situation only grows worse when Leafpool and Crowfeather break the warrior code, and so on.
I love the Warriors series, I honestly do. I do desire to keep reading the books, as long as they keep coming out. I only wish that the Erins would stop putting in such nonsense when they run out of ideas. Feel free to post your comments and discuss, but remember to keep an open mind, and do not personally attack other users for their opinions, as well as backing up your thoughts with facts.