There is at the back of every artist’s mind something like a pattern or a type of architecture. The original quality in any man of imagination is imaginary. It is a thing like the landscape of his dreams; the sort of world he would like to make or in which he would wish to wander; the strange flora and fauna of his own secret planet; the sort of thing he likes to think about. This general atmosphere, and pattern or structure of growth, governs all his creations, however varied. – G. K. Chesterton
I do enough reading to notice this sort of thing among authors sometimes. It’s harder with some authors than others, but if you’re familiar enough with a lot of somebody’s work, you can start to pick up on the themes that run through their work.
I’m starting to notice it in my own creative work, too. It’s pretty cool.
I’ve heard people claim that all the similarities in nature are proof that everything evolved from the same source. I always want to protest with this quote of Chesterton’s, because I think it could just as easily be proof that everything was created by one being.
Assuming there is a God and he created the entire universe, he’s got to be pretty ridiculously creative. Just look at your immediate vicinity. Even the things created by humans are always somehow a reflection of nature. Mythological and fantasy creatures? They’re not new. They take parts of things that already exist and make new combinations.
But even the most limitless creativity is going to have themes. That’s okay. That’s a good thing. It’s hard to make sense of something with no patterns and themes. Such things enrich the world.