warrior cats is so fucking buckwild because like. you have 3 - 8 authors working on this thing at any given time, and unlike other major series with multiple authors under one pen name, like nancy drew, there’s really no effort made to hide it and it’s just common knowledge that erin hunter is multiple women arguing with each other and their publisher and editor via their cat ocs. it’s basically game of thrones with cats. soap operas with cats. each arc is 6 books long and none of them are fully planned out or outlined in advance. the authors apparently never fucking talk to each other, because books routinely fail to agree on the characters’ ages, families, or appearances. there’s a grammar error in pretty much every book and continuity is tied up in knots. at some point you just have to quit thinking about the timeline. again, there are 3 - 8 authors working on this series and yet they have no series bible, and even the authors admit to using the fan wiki to fact-check details of their own series. virtually no fan has read every book and you’re not really expected to because between the “main” series and all the supplementary material, there are over 80 books and it’s still going. even most fans will agree it’s not exactly good writing, in terms of money, this is one of the most successful book series ever made. and it’s about cats.
I could totally see Fireheart not being clan born being a sort of Open Secret in Windclan (like, his clan knows but none of the other clans because Tallstar is just "MY SON" so none of the other clans question how this tall disaster gay man suddenly has a ginger son and assumes a queen might have passed) then Bluestar gets the prophecy and is just "Shit, Firepaw adores his dad how would I convince him to defect?????"
I have NOT stopped thinking about this ask for 2 days
this blog is ultimately a failure bc nothing i say could ever be as wild as the shit the erins say. the tribe was made in honor of 9/11. homophobia is real. goosefeather has a brain infection and that's why he's like that. it was word of god canon and accepted by the fandom that graystripes parents were direct siblings for years bc these people just straight up don't know who is and isn't related