Monday, April 18, 2011

Are Soap Operas Fake or Masterpieces?



I have been thinking about this for a long time now. Ever since ABC announced that they were canceling the popular soap operas All My Children and One Life To Live, I began to self reflect.

What shocked me was that it happened the day after I was researching Susan Lucci, the most famous soap opera actor of all time. She has released her new book "All My Life," which just entered the New York Times Bestseller List. The rumors turned out to be false when they started to spread. Then out of the blue, the network announced that both shows are going to be canceled, and replaced with two new lifestyle talk shows.

After the announcement, I began to spread the news to a few of my closest friends. A few of them looked shocked, but I could tell a few of them weren't that sad. They looked at me and said "You literally watch that junk. It's like a repeat of the same storyline all over again."

I am admitting to be a member of a group of men who admits that he watches soap operas. The mixed responses I have received regarding the cancellation of the shows really shocked me. I don't think soap operas are fake. I may have been into it for only two years, but I don't see them making the same stories over and over again. Even though that might be the obvious thing to do since soap operas are daily shows, I don't see any of it.

Soap operas are kind of like serials. The serial genre goes from one direction to the other. It's never the same. There is always something new, fresh, and complicated being brought to a story. It is never boring and it continues to make your heart race. That's why I love soap operas.

I don't think soap operas are fake. I think they are masterpieces. What do you think?


1 comment:

james vincent said...

Soap Operas engage in a plethora of topics which reflect on the realities of our society and allow a viewer to engage their own lives through the life of the actor. Soap Operas can only be classified
as Masterpieces because of their viewers and the longevity of the genre.....Do you think that a Soap Opera that has juxtaposed our Society for over 40
Yrs can be called anything other than a Masterpiece?