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Why I stopped watching Y&R
First I must confess that I don't watch the show regularly any more. The
show had been getting worse and worse over the years, and last summer I just
got too busy to watch any soap regularly. I've since started watching GH and
Days again. I've seen bits and pieces of Y&R here and there, and I read
about it in Soap Opera Digest, but nothing has really made me want to watch
it again. The writing is just awful.
Some soaps have this problem where they make the characters jump in and
out of bed so quickly with other people, that the audience loses any
interest in rooting for their favorite couples any more. This had already
happened for me a few years ago, with Nick jumping back and forth between
Sharon and Phyllis. I know from what I've read that this is still going on,
only worse. Sharon forgiving Adam was bad enough, after everything he did to
her. Who can forgive a person for stealing their baby and making them think
it's dead? That's just not plausible.
It used to be only primetime soaps had this problem. Since they had to be
so much more exciting (read: sleazy) and worried about ratings, shows like
Melrose Place would have people sleeping around a lot. Daytime soaps were
different because the audience wanted character-driven stories where you
really got to know the people and their families, and most of the people on
soaps did not just sleep around, hopping from one bed to another. I'm not
commenting on the morality of it. I'm saying, if you keep doing that,
eventually the people have all slept with another and there's nowhere to go.
You have to either introduce new characters for them to sleep with and hope
we care about them, or they have to go back and forth between the same
people. And in the process, the audience gets bored. If you're a fan of
Sharon and Nick, and they keep breaking up when he goes back to Phyllis,
then both the Shick fans and the Phick fans start to lose interest. Why root
for a couple if they keep cheating on each other?
I always liked Cane and Lily, but once it came out that he lied to her
about his family, it didn't make any sense to me. He seems to keep lying to
her for no good reason. I know they fought hard to get back together, and
she got cancer and almost died...but still, the whole thing never made
sense. It's one thing when someone like Amber or Deacon lies over and over
again, but it doesn't seem to be in Cane's character to keep lying over and
over again, especially to the people he loves. He is an open, honest, and
kind person...um, except, he kept two huge secrets from everyone for years.
That is just stupid.
I was glad to see them bring two of my favorite actors from General
Hospital to the show, Tristan Rogers and Genie Francis, but they made them
both villains and very unlikable. They softened each of them a little,
after awhile, but then they got rid of Rogers. They have had so many
characters coming and going that it makes your head spin. Every time the
audience gets used to one new character, that person leaves or is replaced
by some other actor, or a bunch of new characters show up. This is not good
writing and not a way to build fan loyalty. Bringing in actors from other
shows doesn't always work out, especially if you don't have good story for
them (like bringing in fan fave Maura West from As The World Turns and then
making her really unlikable).
I know the writers and producers don't always listen to the fans, but
when the fans and the soap press keep telling them over and over that
something is bad, they still don't seem to listen. Sharon and Victor is a
bad idea, just like Adam and Sharon was a bad idea. It's just too icky to
have them together. Their age difference is bad enough, but they always had
a nice father-daughter type of relationship that is now completely ruined
and seems incestuous.
Daniel and Daisy - where do I even start? I mean, she raped him. Then he
is expected to fight for custody of his rapist's baby? Then he MARRIES her?
I mean, come on! This is not "only on a soap". This is "I can't believe how
stupid this is".
I'm sure that if I watched the show every day, I would find a few things
to like, but it just wouldn't be worth it to watch through all the crap. I
heard that Chris and Danny are back, briefly...so maybe I'll watch just
their scenes. That's what a DVR is for. I hope that one day they change the
writers to someone good before all of their fans have tuned out.
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