Watched a video regarding how characters relate to a 'theme'. Spoiler: link Now, I am no follower of any one school of thought and certainly I'm not gonna tell you that every story needs to have a high-and-mighty theme. I happen to think that a theme can also emerge (as it did with my story) organically. It needn't even be conscious. After watching the above video my theme jumped out at me, but that's another story. What's given me pause is that this video makes the argument that characters (primary and secondary) in a story needs to be linked by a theme. In their reaction to the theme, they differ. Their different reaction to the theme links them together. I think this is true. And no, I can't state cerebral arguments against or for. I'm going with my gut here. But now that I think about it, a common theme unites all my characters. The ones I am unsure about, they are not drawn in as strongly as the others. But soon they will be.