Allison J. Waldman
Don't call them "my stories"
by, 03-31-2009 at 03:23 PM (2358 Views)
I've had it with people who just don't get the soaps. You know the type, the ones who've never actually watched a daytime drama for more than a day and yet are quick to tell you how they're dumb and outdated and impossible to watch. Then they demean you by calling them "your stories." Argh!!
Look, while some people refer lovingly to their soaps as "my stories," don't you dare let someone tell you the soaps are crappy entertainment that's not worthy of being watched. Remind them that every single soap currently on the air has something going for them that no primetime TV show can boast -- LONGEVITY!! The youngest soap on is The Bold & the Beautiful and that's 22 years old. That's two decades of continuous entertainment. Take that, Law & Order!
Guiding Light holds the record for being on the air -- radio and TV -- longer than any other program. This year is its 72nd. That's remarkable. That's historic. That's something to be honored, not jeered at.
Soap fans owe it to the shows and to each other to stand up for daytime! Like I tell my husband -- who's been known to scoff when I settle in for some ABC 'love in the afternoon' or some CBS soaps -- "you just don't get it! You can't watch the soaps out of context."
Okay, my lather is over. You can go now. :>