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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30 thoughts on “Masterplots Theater: E is for Escape”
I never really considered escape as a full fledged plot. I always thought of it as a subplot or just a few scenes in a story like maybe one of the major scenes such as a pinch point or the climax. You’ve shown me that entire books and movies are built around this plot. The Maze Runner is a perfect example. I read the book with my son last year when it was his class assigned reading. The Great Escape is one of my favorite movies. There it is, right there in the film’s tittle.
I’m trying to think. I’m not sure I’ve ever done an escape. Rescue, yes, but can’t recall any escapes. There might be one or two in one of my stories, but I have way too many to remember. LOL
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I considered looking at the rescue masterplot, but the escape plot is more unusual. Almost no one has heard of that one.
Maze Runner is indeed a perfect example of Escape! 🙂 Thank you for another bit of useful information! 😀
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Maze Runner was one of the easy ones to pick. Writing these posts made me realize I need to read in more genres. I’m in a bit of a YA rut. Thanks for stopping by.
oh. YAs are great. 🙂 so don’t be too hard on yourself. 🙂
I think escape surfaces in many stories but as an adjunct to another situation, not as a master plot. Interesting to see escape presented this way, and it makes a perfect master plot.
Great example and post, Robin. In my thriller/mystery genre escape plays a big role. Maze Runner is an excellent one for conflict and tension. Thank you.
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Robin, The Maze Runner is such a good example. I have elements of escape in all three of my books – great for tension! Great post!
Wow, you do love escapes. : )
oooh! I can really get into this type of plot. I love a great character story.
#AtoZChallenge E is for Elle
Mhm… so there are elements of the escape in my story, but I don’t think this fits completely. Though I was about to say there isn’t a group in my story, but thinking about it, this is not true.
This may actually be it.
So let me see, what else do you have? I may find one that fits even better 😉
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You don’t need a group for an escape, this is just one example. But we still have a lot of post left. You may still find one that’s fits better.
Very cool post! A nice bit of escapism in itself, and a pleasant reminder, as to why I love fairy-tales so much. Thanks Sister!
Wait…The Wizard of Oz was all in her mind? How did I miss that? Hmm…
Thanks for writing this. It’s a very thought-provoking series, and I like how you dissect the stories to look at their overall plots.
Great post! I have a short story that I thought was based on revenge, but I think if i expand this story into a novel, it would work well as an escape plot. You have given me much to think about and thanks. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles
Thanks, Sheila. That’s great to hear. The masterplots are fun. Once I starting learning about them the ideas just start popping! I feel like I have enough story ideas to take me into the next decade after doing this series.
Now, I wish I had that many story ideas! Seems as if my muse likes to travel and leave me behind more often than not. LOl. Thanks for taking part in the conversation.
I actually have a short story coming out in an anthology next month that’s an escape story. Such powerful emotions. It’s speculative fiction and deals with being trapped by a mirror world. (Parallels: Felix Was Here, The Mirror People.) I like this kind of conflict. Who hasn’t felt trapped at one point or another?
The emotional aspects are so important for escape plots. Drawing on feelings of being trapped in your real life is also a great writing tip. Being trapped in a mirror world sounds nasty, I would want to escape that too.
This is an excellent series. I hadn’t thought of escape as big enough enough to be a plot before–I’d thought of it more as an element, but I use it in my stories. Thanks so much for the post.
Combining masterplots is a common practice. Escape makes a great subplot or a perfect pairing with a number of the other masterplots.
Escape plots are good to read! Mostly because it does not have a very depressing end to it..
Another great post 🙂
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Unfortunately, many escape plots are very sad. However, I do share your love of happy endings.
Escapes are so much fun. There is tension and excitement built in and differing amounts of peril depending on the perceived audience. I remember seeing the Cube and I didn’t like it at the time, but I’ve been wondering whether a rewatch might be in order.
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I do love a good escape plot! I prefer the ones where the hero or heroine can rescue themselves, although I do appreciate the value of teamwork 😉 http://spookymrsgreen.com/2016/04/06/atozchallenge-e-is-for-empath/
I’m big on books with lots of characters. Teamwork rocks! : )
Coming in via a to z. I like this theme. I am interested in writing. And it may sound weird but I really meditate on the author and how he may have wrote what he wrote. I like to think about the creation of the whole thing. I really enjoy the thrill of an escape plot!
#AtoZChallenge- E is for Eating for two
Hi Seena, I agree with you. Learning more about the author and what factors helped them create the book makes reading it more enjoyable.