Saturday, May 7, 2011

Have Soap Operas Ever Touched Your Life?

My head is still wrapping around the fact that 90% of these soap operas are going off the air soon. It's still a shocker to me that it is all happening so fast. One show is cancelled in one year. Then the next year, two are being cancelled at the same time.

The one thing I like about soap operas is that it fulfills what all of us wish all tv shows could be. We wish they are daily shows. That was the one thing I love about it. Then as I started researching what goes on behind the scenes I completely understand why the shows are weekly. If all shows were daily, it would be alot of stress on the cast and crew. Screenwriters have to write fresh scripts everyday. Actors got to rehearse and shoot with only a few days for a break. The crew would sometimes have to sleep on set in order to stay updated on the upcoming tasks. Also, there is promotion and marketing, getting people into tuning back in to watch the show.

It truly is some hard work.

A few months later, I couldn't help but think about how soap operas have touched my life is some sort of way. The one thing they taught me is that all families are not scrapbooks. That's what I always felt like growing up. Once an episode of The Young and the Restless came on, I began to see my family's true colors. There was drama in every direction. I instantly distanced myself from my family because of it.

Ever since then, I started watching soap operas as much as I could. I always want to see what new type of stories they were bringing to the table. Everything is fresh and new to my brain and I feel mesmerized because of it. I feel like I am truly a part of the soap opera family.

Irna Philips, Agnes Nixon, and William J. Bell to name a few have brought us these shows that have spellbinding stories. We can't help but to sit out butts down and see what each of these characters are going through. As soon as you thought you got the whole story down, there is a new twist at the end of the episode. It's that devotion to the stories that made me fall in love with soap operas.

After watching these shows for quite some time, it got me thinking. Have soap operas ever touched you life?

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Soap operas touch my life all the time. I remember being intrigued by the romance between Luke and Laura on General Hospital when I was a teen. I can't believe ABC canceled their two biggest soaps, but I am glad my favorite soap is still on. Don't know what I would do if they took Days of Our Lives off the air!




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