Today I’m talking about my favorite television show: Supernatural.
I can’t imagine there’s anyone who hasn’t at least heard of the show, but in case you haven’t, it’s about two brothers fighting monsters, demons and other evil. Most recently they’ve even fought angels. Now in its 6th season, the show manages to raise the stakes every season.
Although the two brothers, Sam and Dean, have had various love interests throughout the years, no one has ever stuck. While I’m sure part of this is due to the fact that the show’s heavy female audience wants to pretend they have the brothers all to themselves, I think it’s also partly due to chemistry.
It’s my hypothesis that none of the love interests have been able to match the natural chemistry the two brothers share, and that’s a major part of why none of them have stuck. Sam and Dean play perfectly off each other. Their jokes and hijinks, their wisecracks. Their personalities are in perfect sync. Which has led me to a crucial understanding: chemistry isn’t just for lovers.
In the past I always thought of chemistry as sexual attraction, but the two aren’t necessarily the same thing. Chemistry (in my mind) is when two or more people share a special bond based on how well their personalities mesh.
In creating my series about four half-demon brothers, I referenced the natural camaraderie of Sam and Dean. My heroes are great on their own, but even better when they’re together.
Can you think of a book or series that features characters who aren’t lovers or would-be lovers but who have great chemistry?
For me, Larissa Ione’s Demonica series comes to mind. There is a genuine bond of trust and friendship between the brothers that propels the stories forward. Whenever I pick up one of the books in the series, I know I’m in for a great read.