I don’t know if any of you are Bones fans. As a general rule, I don’t like forensic crime shows, but I’ve always been fascinated by this show because of the genuine chemistry between the two lead characters: Dr. Brennan, aka Bones, and Agent Booth. But, as with many other fans, I found myself growing dissatisfied over the way the storyline was playing out. I wanted to see them together…yes, I am a sucker for the HEAs. I understand the fear of losing the chemistry once the deed has been done, a la Moonlighting, but I personally feel there are plenty of other ways to keep it going…but I digress.
This last week’s episode of Bones was so compelling because it showed us what makes Bones tick. I don’t want to ruin it if there are any fans who haven’t seen it yet, so this is a *Spoiler Alert*.
Okay, with that out of the way…
At the end of this latest episode there was a very powerful confession of love scene between Bones and Booth. It was brilliantly played out by Emily Deschanel, the actress who plays Bones. The scene made me think about writing and the romance author’s job.
A romance author’s job is to make their reader feel the emotions that the characters are experiencing. This is what readers are looking for when they read a book. To be so connected to that character that they live the experience along with them.
What I found so powerful in this episode was the quiet passion with which Bones made her confession. It might not have been so convincing if the writers (and the actress) hadn’t done such a great job of bringing us inside Bones’ head throughout the episode (and in fact throughout the series).
So what are the lessons I learned from watching this episode?
- You need to build your characters throughout the story, to make them so relatable that when the black moment arrives, they live the experience along with the characters.
- A character does not need to shout out her emotions to make them powerful. In fact, a quietly spoken revelation may be far more powerful, especially if it makes sense for the character’s personality.
- We are all ultimately emotional beings seeking to create a connection with others. Our characters must be driven by the same needs and desires.
- Unrequited love, or the possibility of it, is a very powerful thing. One of the bravest things a person can do is throw themself out there and risk getting their heart broken. We’ve all been there. Readers can automatically find something to connect to in a situation like that.
So I’d love to know, what’s your favorite ‘confession of love’ scene that you’ve read or seen on television? Any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there? Remember when Spike confessed his feelings to Buffy? Great episode (especially the ending scene when she slams the door in his face).