okay look I know I should just let the whole thing go but I really need to rant more about Spottedleaf’s Heart because I am just… really disgusted by it???
and, holy shit, I know the Warriors books can be bad but… what the hell was Vicky thinking??
please note: spoilers for Spottedleaf’s Heart, cursing, bitter sarcasm, possibly triggering content, and just bitter/angry personal opinions below the cutLike, yes,
it was nice seeing Thistleclaw through the eyes of a cat who respected him: Bluestar was an unreliable narrator, and I love Bluestar’s Prophecy dearly,
but we saw Thistle as a horrible cat because they absolutely hated each other.
However, with SH, we see that Thistle is respected and can be kind and playful with others, but is still aggressive and short-tempered,
and has no problem killing others (as seen with him in the Dark Forest)but, jfc, the ~”romance”~ between him and Spottedpaw??
Y I K E Sfor starters, it’s obviously highly inappropriate, but it’s accepted by fucking HarperCollins because it’s a straight pairing (gay cats in our series?
no way - we sell to countries where that’s illegal!1! wait, you want Thistle to pad after Spotted who is years younger than him, and even his son?
perfect! please write that!) I mean, these cats are very humanized despite still being cats, so of course this is gonna be fucking terrible!
Thistle was insisting that he and Spotted belonged together when she was still a new apprentice, his son was still a goddamn apprentice - she is a childAnd,
I have no experience nor knowledge of this so feel free to correct me, but from what I’m understanding from those with experience/knowledge of this,
Thistle is grooming Spotted and it’s csa/pedophilia so… holy shit???
like, this book is major problematic and I promise I don’t throw that kinda stuff around lightly or jokingly because that is not something to take lightly - kids read this stuff,
kids take stuff from books even if the books are about cats, so there’s a chance they might think that’s an okay for an adult to do!! That is not okay!! At all!!
Like, holy shit, we could have had Spotted and Thistle interacting without the necessary ~”romance”~ in it - it could have been a mentor/apprentice relationship!!
I know Thrushpelt was her actual mentor, but Thistleclaw was stepping in as honorary mentor anyway, so just stick with that!! Don’t make it gross!!
Seriously though, I feel like it would have been great if Thistleclaw wanted to mentor Spottedpaw, and also the other apprentices!
Like he was scouting for new Dark Forest trainees or something, like in the OotS arc! That’s it!!
Like, at the end of SH, it was “better” once she was Featherwhisker’s apprentice because it basically ignored the thing with Thistle, but that wasn’t needed from the start!!
That plot was fucking disgusting and uncalled for!! @ Vicky, wyd???
I honestly wanted to throw up when I read Thistleclaw telling Spottedpaw to prove that she loved him! That part was terrifying and fucking disgusting!!
The only time I’ve seen that said was when it gets sexual! Please for the love of god never write that kind of thing unless you know how to handle it carefully!!
Honestly just avoid it all together if you can!!
I mean, thankfully we dodged a goddamn blow with that one, as he wanted to take her to the Dark Forest,
but I was fully expecting it to skip to when she’s sneaking back to camp after spending the night with him out of it!
I honestly thought it was gonna end with her having his kits when she got her full med cat/warrior name!
Like, I thought it was gonna be like Yellowfang’s Secret all over again where Spotted becomes a medicine cat with her full name (Spottedleaf), and then find out she was expecting!
I would’ve thrown a bigger fit if that happened!
Like, holy shit, Dustpelt and Ferncloud is gross as it is with the incest and the fact he was padding after her when she was an apprentice,
and it was also gross when Pinestar had kits with Leopardfoot considering he was a leader when she was a kitten!
But we had to go through this again and it was done intentionally and as the whole plot!! This is not okay!!Fuck SH honestly!
Like, I know I get worked up over things, but I’m serious about this! That novella was absolutely disgusting!! I am beyond worked up over that!!