Author: Robin Rivera
Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, an educator and historical consultant. She writes dark young adult fiction, with diverse characters. She's currently querying a novel, and working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813) or on Twitter @robinrwrites. However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.
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17 thoughts on “Masterplots Theater: U is for Unrequited Love”
The Hunchback of Notre Dame broke my heart as a kid, and it still tugs at my heartstrings today! And yet, as much as it bothers me when there’s unrequited love in a story, it’s what keeps me reading, and is something I incorporate in my own stories.
A bit ironic, isn’t it?
Got to have some unrequited love – it makes the world go round, even if the rotation is backwards. There’s at least a bit of unrequited love in all three of my books, causing agony and bad decisions for one character. Yummy!
You are too funny. : ) “Yummy” is one way of looking at it.
Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.
Unrequited love…what a happy plot to start our week with. 🙂
Though you are right, and sometimes, unrequited love can turn into a happy ending, as it does in “Mansfield Park,” where Fanny is in love with Edmund, in an unrequited way until just before the very end. And, technically, as Knightley is with Emma in the novel that bears her name, and Mr. Darcy is with Elizabeth, until she changes her mind; given that one person has to start loving the other first (unless they both fall in love in the same moment, Romeo-and-Juliet style,) there seems to always be a period of unrequited love. (Though, naturally, it may not feel like unrequited love if the reader is unaware of what is going on or the love lost is not lamented.)
This is turning into quite an interesting thought. Thanks for getting me started. 🙂
I’m glad the post sparked something interesting. I suspect a story is brewing. : ) Keep me posted if one does result. It would be exciting news.
I hardly need more stories. When I last counted, I have the outlines for twelve of them. 🙂
Makes me think of all the Lifetime movies! Another great post. Thanks. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles
I didn’t think of those, but I bet you’re right. I’ll have to do some research and see if I can find some titles that fit.
Let me know what you find. I’m certain there will be dozens! Thanks Robin for stopping by.
Unrequited Love is a very popular theme in my novels, most definitely! I am a soppy old romantic at heart, but for me love is very messy, very challenging, and totally consuming. Thanks for some incredibly insightful blog posts during the #atozchallenge 🙂
Who ever heard of a smooth love story? It would be too dull to write, let alone read. I want things to get messy. Make those darn characters work for that HEA.
I’m so glad you enjoyed our A to Z theme. : ) It was a fun to work on. Plus Heather and I learned a lot about plots that were well outside our normal comfort zone by doing all the research.
Great summary of the main features, dear Robin… I have thought of examples as I read along… most of which come from movies… Then I think of a book I read a long time ago and wanted to ask you if it might fit here…
I am making reference to Goethe’s “Werther”… the main character is himself the victim, being the paradigmatic case of `Romantic love´in the sense give during the 19th century… Speaking of which I have the impression that it could be the case as Werther was an outsider and there was also a love triangle… but I am not sure, though. If you read it maybe, I guess that you can tell me… Sending best wishes. Happy week ahead. Aquileana 😉
Yes, The Sorrows of Young Werther is a perfect example. I’m so glad you mentioned it. Such a tragic version of the Unrequited Love Masterplot. He was clearly a bit of an outsider as I recall, and their was a love triangle. Great suggestion!
This is indeed a very common plot inside larger stories, and I think is a good one if used wisely. I’m normally not very keen on pure love stories, but I do like a good one when it’s part of a more complex overall story.
The Old Shelter – Jazz Age Jazz
I’m not a huge fan of this one either. But I can understand how unrequited love can be used as an emotional motivator for a character’s out of character actions. I think Snape is the perfect example of that. It just helps add a lot of story complexity.