Chemistry is something that’s hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. If there’s a deep and genuine sexual attraction between two people, you can actually feel it, like some invisible cord pulling them together. It’s the chemistry that creates those compelling characters we absolutely cannot wait to see get together.
I can’t think of a television screen couple who (in my opinion) demonstrates more genuine chemistry than Booth and Brennan from Bones. When they look at each other there’s a glint in their eyes, or something in the way they twist their heads in opposition to each other, that just makes you feel the chemistry between the two of them. The two of them are totally in sync. So, when writing, how do we create that sort of chemistry between our main characters?
- Make Them Respect Each Other
Whether they initially do or not, at some point the characters will come to admire and respect each other. They will come to treat each other as equals. When the Bones series first starts, Booth and Brennan don’t have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. But he witnesses her intelligence and her powers of deduction, and she observes his bravery and strength. They begin to admire and respect each other, to seek each other out for advice and support. There’s nothing sexier than that.
- Give them Similar World Views
There can (and should) be a lot of conflict between your love interests, but they should have similar world views on the issues that really matter to them. Their goals may be in opposition, but maybe they are both acting with similar interests at heart. In Bones, Booth is a believer in true love while Brennan thinks it’s nothing more than chemical attraction that fades over time. But whether they acknowledge it or not, they both believe in the power of love when it comes to friends and family, to the people who support them.
- Sexual Attraction
Of course there must be a base physical attraction. They recognize things about each other, on a surface level, that are arousing. She notices how strong and muscled he is, how full and firm his lips are. He notices the curves of her body, the way her hair bounces as she walks.
- Something About Their Relationship is Special
They are able to communicate with each other in a way they cannot with anyone else. They share inside jokes. There’s something about their relationship that cannot be mirrored in another relationship. Otherwise, why would they choose this person over all others?
Do you have a favorite read where the author expertly creates intense chemistry between the two main characters? If so, please do share.