My debut novel goes behind the scenes of a dying soap opera. Daytime drama is struggling to survive amidst network budget cuts and a waning audience. I cringed at last night’s Daytime Emmy Awards show, which was more of an infomercial for Las Vegas tourism and nightlife than a celebration of daytime drama. I hope that soaps will still be on the air by the time I find an editor and publisher for my book.
I offer 5 reasons to watch and love the surviving soaps—Young and the Restless, Bold and Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital:
- #5. People who irritate you can be recast or written off the show.
- #4. You will never have to work a day in your life, even if you are the editor of a magazine or CEO of an international corporation.
- #3. Soap heroines never have a bad hair day, even in a tornado, plane crash, or coma.
- #2. You will always have a beautiful new outfit to wear every day, including matching shoes, purse, and jewelry.
- #1. None of your loved ones ever truly die. It is likely that they are alive and well on an island, have been kidnapped and replaced by an evil twin, or are being nursed back to health by a kind and extremely attractive farmer, villager, vet, or (insert rescuer here).