When we published the first edition of Dramatica: A New Theory of Story, we were concerned that the “Truth” contained in the book would spawn a mob of groupies who would turn it into a cult.
To prevent this, we put the following admonition on a page of its own before the main body of the book:
“This ain’t no bible; it’s just a damn book.”
Although the book did indeed spawn groupies, we discovered they were wise enough to see Dramatica as a tool or a philosophy and not a religion. So we dropped the warning from future editions as it was apparently unnecessary.