I recently started watching Doctor Who. Yeah, I’m only about 40 years late to the party, but don’t watch much TV so only even heard about it recently. One thing I’ve noticed (more so than with any other show I’ve watched), is that each season has a recurring theme (okay, so I’m trying to catch up and have watched several years worth of Doctor Who in the last week).
One season, Bad Wolf came up in almost every episode. The viewer didn’t find out what that meant until the end of the season. Another season, Torchwood was the theme (it even became a show in its own right). There was the crack in the wall. I’m not sure what this year’s theme is as I’ve only seen two and a half episodes, but I’m sure it will become apparent.
So for today’s prompt, think about the theme of your story (if there is one). Even if you don’t think one exists, it is probably there. You might just need to dig for it. Are you using aliens to talk about belonging? Vampires to talk about what defines us as humans? Some connections are obvious, so what can you dig for that isn’t as obvious? What about using vampires to explore compassion? Zombies to talk about ethics? A murder mystery with boredom for a theme?