You know, I think I realised what a couple of my favourite themes are, and they extend further than I thought.
I've talked about this before, so you guys may already know that I love the theme of hypocrisy in stories. Mostly because it's such a prevalent theme in life, everyone suffers from it no matter what the intention, and it's the downfall of humanity, so it's an easy target for a theme to love. I also enjoy going for inverted stereotypes; the more it deviates from the norm without getting annoying or a mouthpiece for political opinions, the better.
Lately, though? I think I realised that the theme of balance is one I've been striving for for a while now. Sure, I don't like the angels are pillars of righteousness and demons are filthy sinners
rhetoric in stories, but the inverted all angels are actually hypocritical monsters in disguise and the demons were the good guys all along
story is just as tired to me as the former. Everything needs balance. Everything can range from good to bad, and I love the idea of trespassing some sort of untouchable unchangeable fate for a personal destiny that isn't determined by one single factor.
It's why I'll often use varying morality in characters; if you mix every character I have their morality together you'd probably get neutrality. It's why I will have angels who are cruel and racist to defy their righteous stereotype, but also angels who are kind to demons to defy the inverted stereotype and the thought that despite angel being kind in canon, they still are supposed to hate demons. I'll have demons who know love, but also demons who are bent on destroying entire peoples, all while still having personal values of their own and a sense of right and wrong they adhere to.
It's always gonna be a balance, and I feel like those are my favourite characters. The ones who aren't defined by what they're supposed to be and the ones who aren't 100% on one side. The dynamic characters. The thought that nothing in life is really pure and nothing is really awful, and people can go further than what they're supposed to be.
Just some random thoughts I had. I'm curious, what do other people think of this? Is this something you can find yourself in?