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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23 thoughts on “Masterplots Theater: K is for Kinsmen”
I have a few stories that deal with family and kinship. They are my favorite kind of love stories.
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Can’t say I’m really into Kinsman. I don’t knwo why, family dramas, especially if they span many decades, have a hard time trying to involve me. Though I well aware there are lots of very good kinsmwn story out there.
Just not my kind, I suppose 😉
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I have to agree with you. I have read and seen some I’ve enjoyed, like Star Wars, but the writer needs to be great. Otherwise the story can come off as muddled, overwritten and just too darn long.
I never knew this was the name of the plot. I’ve always heard it called family saga. I learn something new from each of your posts. It’s interesting how this masterplot transcends all genres. I remember reading The Thorn Birds when I was FAR too young to read it. My grandmother caught me reading it several times over the summer and continued taking it away from me. It was the same summer she confiscated Valley of the Dolls. Hey, I had four older siblings, all in high school and I was in 6th or 7th grade. I was a pain in their butts. Roots was a great family saga (Kinsmen plot) and The Godfather (book and film) is on my short list (top 5) favorites of all time.
The term Kinsmen is old! Very old. Family Saga is what most people call this one. Yes, The Thorn Birds is one, Roots is too. I almost mentioned them, but I thought the link was more useful.
Since you know The Godfather very well, do you agree with me that it’s in this group? Or do you think it’s in the Institutionalize group?
We should be able to utilize this, it sounds like our life! LOL
I know you have a lot going on. Sorry if this one hit too close to home. : (
I can’t think of a book for some reason. What immediately popped to my head is the TV series Revenge, Scandal, and Gossip Girl. Though I’m not sure if Gossip Girl truly fits the Kinsmen plot. Great post! I’m looking forward to reading about the love story plot, which is my favorite. 🙂
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Hi Grace, I haven’t read the Gossip Girl books and I’ve only watched the TV show a few times. So I’m afraid I can’t help you with that one.
You don’t long to wait for Love Story. : )
I need to read through this more thoroughly later, but great subject matter. I have my own novel to write and love reading about different plot devices!
This one is super useful. You can build so great stories around it.
I am clearly the biggest geek on the planet. Just reading that someone trained as a professional historian almost gives me goosebumps! I’m a lawyer and a writer, but OMG, if I could choose a third career… And by the way, this was a really well-done post!
Thank you! I knew I wanted to study history from a young age. It serves me well in creating fiction. There’s many centuries worth of data shoved inside my head. : )
Great post, as usual. A good reminder for me to include this aspect in a book in the works!
Cool! I’m glad the timing of this post worked out to help you with your current project. : )
Truly interesting … Well explained. A must read…
Best wishes, Aquileana ⭐️
Thanks, Aguileana! I’m glad you found this one informative. : )
I’ll have to come back to read this when I have more time. This is more up my alley, plot-wise. I have to figure out how to edit my first draft of this type of novel. It’s a multi-generational novel and I’m sort of lost with the historical aspect of it. Lots of characters. Lots of conflicts. I’ll have to come back to this one!
Let me know if you have questions or need help when you do. I’d be happy to talk about your project. Is this the one you wrote for NaNoWriMo last year?
Nano two years ago.
Awesome post. I’m learning so much about plots! Something I haven’t thought of reading or watching movies. Real master class. Thank you!
That was the effect we were going for. : ) We wanted to cover so many of the masterplots that everyone would eventually spot theirs.
Great description of a well loved plot.