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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27 thoughts on “Masterplots Theater: G is for Gothic”
Your master plots are a ton of fun, and extremely informational. (And, Masterplot Theater, love it.) Thanks for sharing! Gothic is my favorite so far. Looking forward to other letters!
Great theme – I’m playing catch-up today. Lately I’m on a kick to improve my understanding of the various genres and sub-genres, a sort of ‘compare and contrast’ assignment. This theme is just what the writing doctor ordered. Also am enjoying the Writing Excuses podcast for the same reason.
I’m not a huge fan of Gothic for two reasons: I’m a sissy when it comes to scary stuff; and the setting is often so dreary. Superficial, I know, but there you have it.
Thanks for joining us.
Gothic is not for everyone and that’s okay. It sounds like your genre project will be a good match for our theme this year. Masterplots cross genres, but learning how to see them will help you compare and contrast story structures with ease. Good luck with your research.
I have never read Rebecca, but now I’m very curious. That cover is absolutely fantastic too!
I like gothic stories, especially 1800s ghostic literature. Sure, I like new ones too, but the 1800s have a flavour all of their own 🙂
The Old Shelter – Jazz Age Jazz
Daphne Du Maurier is one of the first spooky writers I really feel in love with as a teen. I think she only wrote one book I didn’t care for. This is a great cover, the original one was not as pretty.
Love this! ? I never fully understood what Gothic meant in reference to literature. I mean… I did but this a great reference. “atmosphere and high emotions”? Yes, please!
I have to be honest here. It’s difficult for me to keep up with this A to Z blogging thing. But I am loving your posts. Thanks for linking to previous ones in each post.
Thanks, Sarah. I know what you mean about A to Z, I start to fall behind on reading blogs too. And it’s not even easy to post this much. I gain new respect for daily bloggers every April. I’m glad you’re going to add some Gothic to your reading list. I think you’ll like it.
Gothic is my favourite! I was enthralled by The Mysteries of Udolpho when I was younger, and my contemporary novels all have a gothic element. So much scope for the imagination! https://spookymrsgreen.com/2016/04/08/atozchallenge-g-is-for-ghost-hunter/
I love the classic novels, and Ann Radcliffe is amazing. She’s great recommendation.
Love your theme. I’m learning so much about the master plots. Looking forward to the next one. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles
Thank you! Have you found one you want to try writing yet?
I’m really enjoying your series.
Thanks, Jean! Saw your post on G is for Gravatars. That was a great idea, Gravatar is so useful.
Good grief! I’ve read all your favorites and love them – and some of Cormak McCarthy, Guess I have a taste for gothic!
Good news! I’m always happy to meet more fans of Rebecca. : )
J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
How has the first week of the challenge been for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs?
My blog still has a giveaway with bonus a to z challenges to encourage people to visit more stops. Thanks for your visit.
The world needs more Gothic books. Great post.
Thanks for the check in visit. I’m happy to say we are on track to win the challenge again this year.
I agree, the world does need more Gothic!
This is a technical comment and I’m not sure you can help me with it. Every time I submit a comment on your blog, I’m asked to confirm follow as an additional task. It will pop up on my emaiI. I don’t usually have to do this to comment on most other blogs – one initial confirmation usually covers for all future comments. Is there any way to eliminate this requirement? Or is this a problem I have with my computer, and not something you’re able to correct from your site admin? Thanks in advance for helping.
No Clue! I just sent this question over to Heather’s boyfriend. He’s our tech support. : )
Hi Sharon. Techie boyfriend and I investigated the situation, and I think this is what is happening, but I’m not 100% sure, so correct me if I’m wrong…
Below the comment box there are two options to check or not check. If you check the top one, it will subscribe you to follow the comments on that one particular blog post and send you an email. But when you comment on a different blog post, well, that’s a separate group of comments to follow, so that’s why the system sends another email to confirm following that post’s comments.
The bottom option is to subscribe to WriteOnSisters.com in general. Even if you check that a second time, it shouldn’t send you another email. At least it didn’t when techie boy and I tested it.
If you don’t check the box, you shouldn’t get an email.
Does this help?
I’m going to try this out. I did notice that the very last comment I sent you did not kick a confirm requirement to me so maybe the ogre under the bridge has retreated. The only option I see attached to this reply email is to check Post Comment box and another box that I thought was to be contacted regarding new email replies for this post. I’m only going to click the Post Comment box. If you don’t hear back from me, problem solved. And please thank you BF for me.
Robin, I really appreciate your description of Gothic masterplot because until this post, I’ve dismissed it out of hand. I’m turned off by the name itself but can see that the plot concept merits attention and can prove an enjoyable read.
There are tons of Gothic short stories, The Turn of the Screw is super short. Maybe start with some of those and see how you like it.
I’ve read Cormac McCarthy, whose work I love, just didn’t realize it qualifies as Gothic. By your description I see it does but would have never known until I read this post. You’ve opened my eyes. (I might be a bit small minded.)
You are not alone! Modern Gothic (especially Southern Gothic) tricks a lot of people into thinking it’s not Gothic.
I am enjoying your theme!
Scary what fear can do to one.
#AtoZChallenge- G is for Google
Thank you! I’m glad you like the theme. I’m already worried it will be impossible think of one to top it for next year.