Drunk Blogging

I stopped after work for a little happy hour with a friend and I’m feeling a little, er, happy. And yet … not.

I got to talking with my friend about Days. He used to watch Days, back in the days when everyone watched soaps. Now he watches Lost, or follows the entertainment news (has Britney turned her life around at last?). That’s what people do now, to feed their need for continuing stories.

What are soaps to do? They are getting no new viewers, the best they can hope for is to hang onto the viewers they have. I realized today that I am an anomoly, someone who hadn’t watched soaps for 17 years, and yet was brought back through nostalgia and circumstance. I haven’t watched today’s episode yet. I watched Wednesday and Thursday with my finger itching over the FF button.

It’s true, no one watches soaps anymore.

I know long term stories are dead. I know slow burn romances are dead. I know Dena Higley is a crappy writer. I know Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans, and my other favorites are never going to get stories worthy of their talents.

Why do I watch when I have no hope?

4 thoughts on “Drunk Blogging

  1. Because humans are hardwired for hope. So you still have it. It’s beaten and battered, but you can’t help but have a little hope. And that’s a good thing.

    Should we institute a “Friends don’t let friends blog drunk” rule around here?πŸ™‚

  2. I feel your pain. I too am one of those who had given up on soaps for the longest time, and I do watch Lost and for a while kept up with celebrity gossip. And then—talk about hoping against hope and a battle of wills with DHig!—I fell in love with Sami and EJ. Ever since May, I’ve been suffering from almost daily character and plot point whiplash. (BTW, I really do feel that the handling of this story, these characters, has had a huge impact the show’s ratings as of late, but that’s another issue.) And on more than one occasion I have contemplated taking a big step back from this show because of how they are handling these two characters. But then they give a little scrap of hope, and I just can’t seem to quit this d*mn show!

    I think that the success of shows like Lost and Heroes show that there is still an audience for long-term storytelling. But I think a lot of people have tuned out soaps over the years due to endless weeks of recycled dialogue, stagnant stories, poorly told stories. One epi per week prime-time shows do a better job of avoiding that, probably because they don’t have to produce a new show every day. I really don’t want to see soaps go away, but it’s just not looking good. But I still have hope too!

    Drunk blogging—definitely putting it out there a bit more than drunk dialing, but you didn’t say anything too embarrassing! πŸ˜‰

  3. Thanks, Christi. Shipping EJami is certainly a frustrating experience. I had held off for the longest time, but then succumbed after they finally had the rape talk. Now I’m trying to let it go again. I don’t want to get my heart broken again.

    You’re right that most primetime shows have multiple-episode story arcs, and they delve into their main characters’ personal lives—things that only soaps used to do. People don’t need to watch the daytime soaps to get that type of storytelling. I love the 5 day a week format, though, and the whole “world without end” concept. I think most primetime shows, even “soapy” ones, have a shorter shelf life. Sigh. I just don’t know what’s going to happen.

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