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Why I Created This Blog

I have always been a fan of the soap opera genre. I grew up watching Days of Our Lives during its glory days when the term “super-couple” was personified in Bo and Hope, “Patch” and Kayla, and Roman and Marlena. I have fond memories of watching this and many other soaps with my mom. Santa Barbara was also a favorite of ours and every time I see Nancy Lee Grahn on General Hospital I am reminded of what a great soap opera that was. My grandmother was also a big fan of soaps. I miss watching Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful, As the World Turns, and the now defunct Another World with her. Many of our conversations were based on characters and plotlines of our favorite soap of the moment and when I watch these soaps today I am reminded of her. Those of us who have been longtime fans of this genre and have grown up watching soaps with family members know how easily they become a part of your life. Many people can recall being introduced to them at an early age by their grandmothers, moms, aunts, or other relatives. At the very least this type of introduction brings back childhood memories when viewing a soap later in life, as many of the characters remain the same, even if the actors are different. This is likely the reason why many people become lifelong fans of the genre, as it provides a link to the past, in much the same way as re-runs of old sitcoms do.

Because I had such a fondness for soaps at an early age, particularly Days of Our Lives, I made it a point to convert other family members into avid soap watchers. Through my enthusiasm my other grandmother, as well as my aunt became loyal followers of Days of Our Lives. She and my aunt remain loyal followers of this show today, twenty something years after first being introduced to it, and I suspect it reminds them of the moments they shared with me through conversations about this particular soap.

Unfortunately today soaps seem to have been placed on the endangered list and the future of this once so popular genre is uncertain. That is why I decided to start this blog. I wanted to offer a reminder of why people love soaps and why they seem to become special to so many. I also wanted to promote renewed interest in the genre, the same sort of interest that used to exist, but has obviously waned over the years. I will offer my thoughts and opinions on the soaps that I am currently watching which are primarily General Hospital and Young and the Restless, although I do occasionally watch others, and tend to keep up with most all of them to a certain extent. So over time I may offer limited opinions on those as well. I hope that everyone who visits this blog has as much fun reading my entries as I hope to have in writing them. My wish is that this blog will be a light-hearted and fun way to celebrate the soap opera genre. So I ask that everyone who comments on my blog to be respectful of other people’s opinions. This is meant to be entertaining and fun, like conversations one would have with a family member or a friend about their favorite soap. Enjoy!

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