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Streetcorner Philosopher

With respect to the writers thing- I do think it's time for fresh blood. If they don't know where to find it, I'd send them online. Some fanfic writers are really, really creative, and I can't tell you how many times I've read a thread where people (always the same ones) offer entertaining, exciting, well thought out alternatives to what's being aired.

Besides that, I guess I've got three wishes.

1) Real diversity. Not just ethnic diversity, but people of different economic backgrounds as well. It might add a touch of realism to shows if they weren't dominated by wealthy families (or families that somehow have endless supplies of money), and it could inspire the writers to do something else with them other than the same tired plots. At the same time, I'm not necessarily looking for difference to become the dominant part of a storyline (meaning if they have a gay character, for example, that's just a part of who the person is, not the whole personality). Diversity is just a fact of my world, as it is for most people at this point, and it'd be nice to have that on screen.

2) I would love to see storylines with real, lasting consequences for the characters involved. One of my issues with Days right now is that everything passes within a couple of episodes. All soaps have notorious storylines where things are glossed over, undone, or rewritten in order to keep a certain actor around (cutting the evil out of Jonathan on AMC, for example). While I get that a certain amount of that is the nature and fun of the genre, and while I've enjoyed some of the outlandish stuff before, the lack of consequences and knowledge that everything can be undone is distancing me from my shows of choice. Bottom line, I don't feel like I should bother investing because nothing sticks.

Along with that- when there are no consequences the stories they like to write with characters in peril don't really work, unless I know an actor is leaving (and even then, they can undo any death). If they can't bring real, lasting consequences, I'd like them to find something else to rely on to ratchet up the tension, besides a hostage situation, bomb, kidnapping; etc. Knowing nobody will die, get permanently maimed, or go to jail for bad acts undermines that, anyway.

3) I wish writers would be more careful with the pacing of their storylines. I almost got into AMC, but the storyline I started watching (Bianca's rape and the murder of Michael Cambias) dragged out way too long. The feud storyline on Days has some of the most awkward pacing I've ever experienced, with the overall thing moving slowly and important events being rushed. It's hard to describe, like the parts are going faster than the whole. I don't have a solution or anything, but someone somewhere has to have figured out how to flow through a storyline nicely. I just haven't seen that.
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