A to Z Challenge – U

There were so many ways I could have gone with this one. Unique, undying, unconditional, unselfish…you get the point. I decided to browse the dictionary and for some reason, this popped out as the choice.

A2Z U is for Unity. From Merriam Websters. n. (14c) the quality or state of not being multiple: oneness.

State of not being multiple. When I read the definition, the first thing that came to mind was relationships in general. As children, we play with others near us. As we get older, we find those with similar interests, desires, and dreams. I think it’s human nature to want to be a part of something. The size of that thing depends on the person.

How does this apply to romance? How doesn’t it? No, seriously. Romance books, at their heart, are about finding the other piece of you. The rest of your heart, the one who makes you want to be better, the one who loves you unconditionally, but isn’t afraid to put conditions on the relationship (as in expectations that better the couple). A good number of people are trying to fit somewhere. Either into a couple, a family, a social group, what have you.

Unity can help promote balance. Balance can help center a person. Being centered allows a person to weed out the unnecessary worries and minutia and focus on the important things in life.

When I read romance, I’m always curious to see how the characters are going to find this unity. The simpatico between two people. It’s like watching a dance. You can’t really tell where one ends and the other begins. You’ll fully aware of them being separate entities, but they mesh so well it’s like watching one person. This can also be cause for not only story conflict, but real life conflict, when one person feels smothered in such a relationship.

For me, having that unity in a story makes it stronger. Two people are working toward a common goal. And for those who work in environments where people are always fighting against or with each other, seeing people work as a team is a welcome respite.

Who are your favorite united characters?

Melanie

P.S. I’m going to be the first one to throw Jamie and Claire out there! 😛

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