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Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Scarlett on March 13th 2014, 18:33

So more so to start a discussion on this because I don't know if it was discussed a long time ago or not, but When I read the first series the first time through I really liked her a lot and a few months ago I started reading the first books again. They really do try to make her out to be the perfect cat. Calm, patient, collected, peace seeking, ad charismatic. Did this bother anyone else or is it just me?


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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Sunstar on March 13th 2014, 18:40

You spelled Spottedleaf wrong ... No offense .. Don't kill me

But anyways. You know ... I've never noticed that before. I've never really thought of her as bothering or anything, but maybe it's because she's always been one of my favorite characters. She's always calm and and kind to everybody. But since you brought it up, it kind of does make sense. I mean, a cat can't be all perfect just like that, prim and proper. But it was still sad when she died.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Scarlett on March 13th 2014, 18:45

She was a favorite of mine too but I guess it sucked not seeing any development or struggle with her character at al. She was killed by the dogs or something right?
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Sunstar on March 13th 2014, 19:06

No, she was killed by ShadowClan in the first book. I think it was either by Blackfoot (star) or Clawface. I can't remember.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Scarlett on March 13th 2014, 19:08

What were the specifics of it?
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Streamstar on March 13th 2014, 19:21

Shadowclan attacked Thunderclan camp (I forget the reason) and Clawface was trying to steal some kits. Spottedleaf was trying to stop him and he killed her. A lot of the Thunderclan cats thought Yellowfang killed her though.

And Spottedleafs not all perfect.
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Spottedleaf was in love with Firestar/heart and they might have had a forbidden relationship if she hadn't died
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Scarlett on March 13th 2014, 19:32

Well I get that she was in love with him but the way they did her character made her seem perfect. I almost feel like that fact that she was in love with Firepaw made it worse because she was so perfect and in love with the protagonist of a majority of the series.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Crystalfeather on March 13th 2014, 22:08

Yeah, it was definitely Clawface that killed her.

When I read the first book I thought that Firepaw liked her but she only liked him as a friend. Then I realized that they both liked each other as more than friends :/ And then I was all, "But what about Sandstorm?"
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And I was super sad when she died, again.
Anyway, back to the discussion.

I really liked Spottedleaf, but I never really thought of her as a Mary Sue-type character. She does have a bad part, but only one and that was what Streamstar said. But I do think that the Erin Hunters made her too perfect. But they made her die twice so I consider that to even it out. I don't actually mind love triangles that much, since so many great stories have them. So I didn't really mind Spottedleaf and Sandstorm both liking Firestar. So to summarize it all I did mind that she was too perfect, but they made her die twice so that evens out.

And, this is completely irrelevant, but I really like Spottedleaf's name. Smile
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Stareye on March 14th 2014, 01:09

It really bothered me a lot too. It seemed weird to me that even though she died in the very first book, she almost always has a major role in every following book. Not just the main series, but EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. The super editions, the mangas, everything! Some of my favorite characters, like Lionheart and Silverstream, died early on in the series as well and seemed much more central to the story, yet the best that they get is a brief cameo here and there? What a rip off!
Anyway, the only true flaw Spottedleaf really has is not being able to let go of what she could have had with Firestar, and being strangely obsessed with his descendants.

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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Scarlett on March 14th 2014, 14:21

I am glad I am not the only one who found the perfect cat thing annoying. She did have a pretty name. I'll give her that much but I guess I didn't like the fact that a medicine cat that preached the warrior code to Firepaw in the first book so much was also in love with him. And actually for them to have Leafpool also fall in love a cat at all let alone in another clan and have kits with them, I just felt like that was exactly what Spottedleaf wanted with Firepaw. The age gap also bothered me a bit but I think The Erin Hunter writers did do a bit of over kill with the Medicine Cat affairs throughout the entire series.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Caraway on March 14th 2014, 22:47

I just think forbidden love-triangles are just a little bit overused. I haven't read much young adult fiction because most of the plots surround two guys fighting over a girl who's 'different'.

I was pretty surprised that StarClan cats dying a second time was incorporated into the story. I think that's kind of weird, dying twice.

But anyways on to Spottedleaf I didn't think much of her in the beginning because I liked how Tigerclaw could be subdued by her. Kick butt female characters who don't have to kill were like my childhood heroes. But I also agree that letting go of her as a character entirely after her death would have been a great way to go. Her death was one of the major stages of Firepaw's character development (and his was really long...) and him being able to focus on other things could have opened up for a lot. I also don't really support FirepawxSpottedleaf because I thought up until recently that their relationship was just motherly mentor and apprentice.

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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Crystalfeather on March 15th 2014, 17:07

I just realized how many forbidden love triangles there are. Like Spottedleaf, Firestar, Sandstorm and Leafpool, Crowfeather, Nightcloud.

I liked kick butt female heroes the best too Razz And I still do.

I also noticed the age gaps in Warriors too. Like Ferncloud was the same age as Dustpelt's apprentice, Cherrytail was Sharpclaw's apprentice, etc., etc. And Sandstorm was Spottedleaf's niece, for goodness sake. My gosh.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Sunstar on March 15th 2014, 19:18

I dont support Spottedleaf and Firestar either. The age gap is wayyy too wide, so wide that it's freaky. And Sandstorm got jealous because she thought Firestar liked Spottedleaf more. Love triangles are okay sometimes, but I dont like the forbidden love trianges much.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Streamstar on March 15th 2014, 19:36

The age gap isn't nearly as big as some of the other relationships in the books. Pinestar and Leopardfoot were mates, and Pinestar had already been leader when Leopardkit was born.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Stareye on March 17th 2014, 19:00

That's true, I think it's time for an intervention for the Erin's if there is ever an even bigger age gap than Pinestar and Leopardfoot.  Bite 
For the topic at hand though, I think what bothered me most about Spottedleaf was how everyone thought she was perfect. Firestar was one thing, since he was in love with her and all, and Sandstorm was competing with her, but every other main character had nothing but good things to say about her. They just kept talking about how beautiful she was, and her beautiful amber eyes, her wonderful scent, her glossy fur... heck, even Jayfeather can't get over this! Even as a stubborn, hard headed apprentice, he still loses to her in a verbal debate! It's just ridiculous.

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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Blackstone on March 17th 2014, 19:13

I don't like how there were just so many inter-clan relationships in general. Feathertail and Crowpaw had an excuse, but there's an age gap there. Leafpool and Crowfeather, medicine cat from ThunderClan, warrior from WindClan. Greystripe and Silverstream. Why did the Erins make so many cats break the laws that are apparently so powerful and ancient? Those cats I mentioned make the Warrior Code look like dirt. I don't know if this is correct but Brambleclaw was at least halfway through his apprentice training by the time Squirrelkit was born. Another thing that annoys me is just Firestar. Cat Tongue
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Crystalfeather on March 17th 2014, 21:52

Streamstar wrote:The age gap isn't nearly as big as some of the other relationships in the books. Pinestar and Leopardfoot were mates, and Pinestar had already been leader when Leopardkit was born.

Ah jeez. Has anyone noticed that Brightflower had Mintkit and Marigoldkit after Yellowfang had Brokenstar, and Brightflower's Yellowfang's mom? That seems kind of weird to me.
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Re: Spottedleaf (Spoiler Alert)

Post by Flameblossom on March 18th 2014, 14:12

Streamstar wrote:The age gap isn't nearly as big as some of the other relationships in the books. Pinestar and Leopardfoot were mates, and Pinestar had already been leader when Leopardkit was born.

YEEEEEEEEEEES I thought I was the only one who noticed that.
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