Friendship is a strong motivational device for fiction. If you're writing YA fiction or have young characters in your novel, chances are you'll include a theme of friendship and what it means to you. Peer groups are said to have more influence in teenagers' lives than family (for more info on that visit Peer Pressure).
There's been a lot of great friendships in fiction, look at the trio in Harry Potter, Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings, or the touching protectiveness of Katniss with Rue in The Hunger Games. Of course, friendships aren't always positive, Truman Capote had a very disturbing bond with the killers he wrote about in In Cold Blood, and the friendship between George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men was just sad.
In Undead Kev, I'll have a theme of friendship that explores loyalty and responsibility. There's many different sides of friendship and many ways you can use it to drive your narrative, some possible themes to mix in are:
And of course many more! Do you have a theme of friendship in any of your stories? Did you find it predicted your character's behaviour? Today I'm taking part in a writing challenge over at Romantic Friday Writers to come up with a short story for the prompt: Oh how I hate my beautiful friend! I've brought back Rosie for this one, she can be a bit foul mouthed sometimes, but I bleep her out.