HLN now has a cute little feature up called 8 Hints Your Life’s A Soap Opera (though there are nine of them). I love how HLN is really getting behind this telecast.
This made me think it might be fun to recount our favorite, or least favorite, examples of the cliches they name in the post:
Return from the Dead
Who’s the Daddy
The Secret Everyone Knows
Big Bashes Filled with Drama
I’m going to think about these, thought some come to mind right away.
Sex by trapped ex-lovers in either bad weather or life threatening situations.
A character being blackmailed into doing awful, horrible things to another character, such as cheating on somebody; changing paternity tests and/or lying to somebody.
One of the biggest cliches in recent years (especially on GH) is that almost anytime a character gets into a car they either crash and die, crash into somebody and kill them or get stranded in a snow storm, rain storm or some other disaster.
Natural Disasters (Tornados, Hurricanes, Tusnami’s, Blackouts etc) used to kill somebody off or start a new story arch…
Big-Budget train or plane crashes where numerous characters are stranded, injured or forced together to reveal a major secret.
Multiple Personalities or D.I.D.
Previously never mentioned relatives coming to town (oftentimes with a secret)
Murder Mysteries (OLTL has had so many in the last 15 years its ridiculous)
Ghosts Haunting people
Paternity Test Rigged/Baby Switches/Custody Battles
Miraculous Cures for Blindness/Sickness
Pregnancy that last far too long or far too short
Secrets revealed in life or death moments
Mobster/Criminal with “heart of gold”
SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome) or rapidly aging characters overnight or in course of episode…
Recasts where characters apperance changes dramatically from scene to scene or day to day… (Mia Korf to Kassie Depaiva is most glarring example).