Every so often, I come across yet another book being described as “Watership Down for/with x,” where x is some kind of animal.
(People don't always use exactly that phrase; sometimes they make more indirect comparisons, like “If you liked Watership Down, you'll love this book.”)
It recently occurred to me to make a list. Note that I haven't read (or, indeed, previously heard of) most of these, and have no opinion myself about whether any of them are actually like Watership Down.
I suppose it's inevitable that if an author writes a book featuring an animal society, centering on one particular kind of animals, readers and reviewers will describe it as being like the one extremely famous animal-society book that everyone knows about. So it's not really surprising that these comparisons would be made; I just find it interesting.
Here's a table showing the half-dozen I had encountered before, plus a dozen more I found by doing a quick web search:
|Empire of the Ants||Bernard Werber||Ants|
|Anthill||E. O. Wilson||Ants|
|The Cold Moons||Aeron Clement||Badgers|
|Warriors series||Erin Hunter||Cats|
|Tailchaser's Song||Tad Williams||Cats|
|The Collectors||Robert Carter||Cockroaches|
|The Roaches Have No King||Daniel Evan Weiss||Cockroaches|
|Fire Bringer||David Clement-Davies||Deer|
|Hunter's Moon||Garry Kilworth||Foxes|
|Heavenly Horse series||Mary Stanton||Horses|
|Mouse Guard series||David Petersen||Mice|
|Duncton Wood series||William Horwood||Moles|
|Guardians of Ga'Hoole series||Kathryn Lasky||Owls|
|Redwall series||Brian Jacques||Squirrels|
|Silver Squirrel||Daniel Ritchie||Squirrels|
|Woodstock Saga series||Michael Tod||Squirrels|
|Wolf Chronicles series||Dorothy Hearst||Wolves|
I'm sure there are lots more. Any suggestions?