Wednesday, April 13, 2011
L is for Love
"To my mother, Candy, who taught me that love is the best part of any story." Stephenie Meyer, dedication page of "The Host"
Not very often does the dedication page stay with me for years, but this one did. I've thought about this statement constantly as I've written.
Is is true?
Well, it's not the only element critical to making a story riveting, but in the end, if the story has no level of love in it, I can't relate to it.
It doesn't have to be the romantic love to be love.
And if there is no love for self or others anywhere in the story, I don't know how to understand what the characters are feeling.
Love is central. In our most basic sense, love is what sets humans apart from the rest of the planet. We need love. Love in self, family, friends and eventually true love. Love for our fellow beings. Even love for the things we are doing.