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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Between Daytime Emmy reels and Goldie Awards, I’ve been getting that annual nostalgic feeling for soaps. I don’t watch any regularly anymore, and don’t know if I could commit to picking one back up, but there’s really nothing like them. I miss watching them and I miss writing my own (haven’t done that for a while).

    People make fun of how outlandish the storylines are, but that’s like complaining that “The Lord of the Rings” is unrealistic. Fantasies aren’t supposed to be realistic. Soap operas are a kind of real-world fantasy that revolve around complex histories, unlikely twists of fate, and heightened emotions. They’re best judged on how well they spin those fantasies, how creatively plots are twisted, how compelling the characters are.

    And soap operas are unique in how each show’s mythology is really its main character. Characters and actors come and go. So do writers and producers. But they all contribute to the history of places called Genoa City or Port Charles, and those storylines, good and bad, get folded into the sprawling open-world tapestry, available to be mined for new potential stories. And every once in a while you’ll get one that reverberates for ages: Luke and Laura, Marty’s rape, the slut of Springfield, Bianca’s coming out, Cassie’s death, and so on.

    Anyway, I didn’t open this thread for any particular reason. Just thought I’d share these thoughts with like-minded folks. On to the Lead Actor reels!

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    Boidiva02
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    I miss soaps too. I miss what they provided me with, which was two-three hours of escapism and just fun. The characters felt like family because I had watched for so long and a bond was created.   I miss watching years of history unfold and secrets exposed… There is nothing like it. I miss characters I’ve seen for years… 

    I miss OLTL and AMC. I miss the social issues, I miss the romance, I miss the drama.  

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    babypook
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    Heck, I miss them too. They can be addictive, and I’ve been following one or two of them for a long while. I remember when I was doing my undergrad degree, we’d all collect in the foyer to watch a favorite soap, and if you were lost all you had to do was ask anyone next to you, and they’d catch you up.

    I suppose I could start watching Y&R again.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I miss all the east coast soaps, which were my favorites: AMC, AW, ATWT, The Doctors, The Edge Of Night, GL, OLTL, Ryan’s Hope, Search For Tomorrow – I preferred east coast soaps to west coast soaps, and now we only have west coast soaps! ); the difference was the acting: more theatre-trained actors. There was also the benefit of soap-hopping, since most actors moved from one soap to another. (Dorothy Lyman was on at least 9 soaps; I think Nicolas Coster was on 10!!!). My foster mother got me hooked on soaps – everything had to STOP and we had to watch Another World for a half an hour back when I was 4 years old!!!! (; Then my next foster family was hooked on All My Children! (:

    Days Of Our Lives is THE soap to watch these days. Not as good as last year, but still better than the other three by a wide margin. (General Hospital is more fun, but it”s also really irritating too – having to put up with all the propping of unlikable despicable characters, and the dumbing down of several of the female characters lately, and EVERYONE gets away with all of their crimes too).

    I prefer daytime to primetime!

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    I agree with Freeman: I too miss the east coast shows. The New York shows tended to cozier, more sentimental and family-based, less glitzy and over-the-top than the west coast shows. I feel like some of them would still be on if they had stayed at 30 minutes. Expanding to an hour was good in the short-term but not in the long run. I would love to see the return of any of the shows mentioned in Freeman’s post above, but I doubt that it will never happen. 

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    Robert Russaw
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    I watched soaps religiously back in the 90s and some in the 2000s.   I haven’t looked at reels in a while with regards to judging, but it does make me wish that soaps such as Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and All My Children could have survived.   Some of the acting on those soaps was top-notch.   I wish there was a way to resurrect some of them.  

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