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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12 thoughts on “Masterplots Theater: I is for Institutionalized”
I’ve never heard the term Institutionalized before, but I’ve just completed a book about a memory care residence. It fits all the other factors you’ve listed. Thanks for the info, very helpful.
Thanks, Sharon. That’s the thing about masterplots, once you know them, you spot them! It makes it so much easier to see the patterns in books and movies when you understand some of these frameworks. What was your book called? It’s not easy to find great examples of the Institutionalized plot.
I should have been a bit more clear. I finished writing a book about a memory care residence, called Where Did Mama Go?
Starting the query process, always a stab into pudding for me.
That’s exciting news! A memory care residence sounds like a very unique place to set a book. Good luck with the query process! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. : )
I was going to suggest a prison setting but I see that someone already mentioned it. You can’t get anymore closed in than prison. Or perhaps a war setting.
Hi Melissa, A war is a perfect example. Several of my suggestions used a war as the institutional framework and I can think of many others. War creates some strange group dynamics.
This reminds me of the show The Office or the books of The Hunger Games. I might be able to use it if I ever get going on my new novel that focusses on fraternities.
A book about fraternities fits right in. I can think of several film adaptations besides Animal House, Sorority Wars, Sidney White, Neighbors, Revenge of the Nerds to name a few. This masterplot is perfect for projects set in schools.
One of my characters in a new book was just paroled after 27 years. She’s not just “changed” but transformed—like Linda Hamilton in The Terminator—who used her time locked up in a top security prison for the insane to transform herself into a cunning killing machine—her character went from a clueless, helpless ditzy blond to a superwoman on a mission.
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I think anything set in a jail could work perfectly for this masterplot. Good luck with your new book, it sounds interesting.
Sounds like a very versatile masterplot. You’re right, eh? I can think of quite a few screen versions of it, but very few books. I wonder why this difference in popularity.
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This masterplot is often combined with a second masterplot in books. It makes finding good examples a bit harder. But is very versatile. And it gives the writer a chance to play with lots of characters. When this plot has great character chemistry it’s magic to read.