Give Warriors Back to the Authors

Give Warriors Back to the Authors

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The Warriors series was started by Vicky Holmes, but quickly grew to include fellow authors Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry.  This series, which focuses on several groups of feral cats living and working together in the wild, quickly became a bestseller.  More authors- Tui Sutherland and Clarissa Hutton- were drafted onto the team, all of them writing under the pseudonym Erin Hunter.

In 2017, original author Vicky Holmes retired from the series due to her health.  However, the other four authors were still an active part of the series, which has since grown to include 37 main-series novels and more than a dozen Super Editions, Novellas, and other supplementary materials.  However, many fans agree that the latest books have been more far-fetched and less immersive than those previous.

Why is this, you might ask?  I believe it is because the creative control of Warriors has been taken away from the authors.  Instead, the editors create the characters and the plot and send it off to be written, leaving the authors with no control over their own content.  This has always been a part of the Warriors method, with Vicky Holmes sending the plots to her fellow authors, but in the past there was much more detail left to the authors themselves.  Now, authors are not even allowed to create or name characters.  The editorial team is in complete control, and it is time that we give control back to the authors.

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