One of my favorite things about The Demon’s Lexicon is the way that a lot of the really beautiful, loving lines—“There is nothing in two worlds I love half as much as you,” “Sometimes I want to be human for you,” “Alan would always be his favorite” and a few the ones Mae muses about Alan desperately wanting to be loved—are not between a main antihero and main love interest. They’re not even romantic. They’re between the two brothers, and given that there’s not a ton of Romance in the books, ‘d really say the Love Story plotline is platonic/familial and I just find it really beautiful
It’s absolutely right that the sibling love stories of those books are indeed very much the same as the arcs for any love stories. I mean, like so…
The Demon’s Lexicon
CHARACTER A: believes Character B may have another object of affection! And be keeping secrets!
CHARACTER A: Violates some privacy and feels their suspicions proven 100% true!
CHARACTER A: throws enormous fit!
CHARACTER B: kisses Character A and assures Character A that Character B’s love is, in fact, deep and unchanging like unto the ocean. As it turns out, Characters A & B love each other very much.
The Demon’s Covenant
CHARACTER A: learns that Character B kept a secret from A and is mad, since Character A always protects Character B!
CHARACTER A: acts out in hurtful ways to Character B.
CHARACTER B: now Character B is mad too!
CHARACTER A: But when Character A is low, despite the fact they’re both mad, guess who can’t stay away and has to comfort Character A…
CHARACTER B: And when Character B is low, guess who always comes through to console Character B…
CHARACTERS A & B: realise that they have a support system aside from each other.
CHARACTERS A & B: yet when tragedy strikes are the no. 1 person they both turn to.
CHARACTER A: learns A does not always have to protect B, though A may always want to, and learn to let B go (and know B will come back if B can.) Because A and B are their own independent people, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love each other very much.
The Demon’s Surrender
CHARACTER A: is super into their job.
CHARACTER B: has a secret that could torpedo that job.
CHARACTER A: hides secret out of love for Character B.
CHARACTER B: secret blown wide open.
CHARACTER A: throws it all away for Character B.
CHARACTER A: starts new life where Character A is actually happier, and where Character A will never be parted from Character B—because they love each other very much.
The throughline is easiest to spot in Lexicon, since it’s before the cast of important characters and interconnected relationships gets so big, but I did write the Demon’s Lexicon series because I wanted to write about epic love that was familial. And I think it’s interesting, to think about all the different love stories there can be… and how essential love is to so many stories.
TLDR: I meant to do that and I’m so glad people liked it. ;)