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|bellcurve||Aug 29 2007, 09:55 AM|
Sorry to keep bumping this up, but I saw Jean's comment and felt the need to post my thoughts on it...
I think different POVs come from different writers.
Ideally, networks want soaps to appeal to women 18-49, so the goal is to write characters that women can relate to or identify with.
I don't think you need a male writer to write for male characters or a female writer to write for female characters. I think that would cause the biggest disruption to the writing process, not to mention become very stifling for the head-writer.
The only way a writer can fully broaden his/her perspective on characters from all genders, classes, races, and orientations is to just do more research. And I don't mean research as in books on these topics. But talk to people, listen to other people's conversations, OBSERVE body language, vocal inflection, etc. That's the only way, as a writer, you can develop and broaden your knowledge of people.
I can understand where Hogan comes from when he says stuff like (paraphrasing)"The guys need their dicks." Male characters on soaps are often viewed as weak, pathethic, and/or stupid. But on the flipside, you can't develop women as weak, pathethic, and/or stupid either.
There is no solid solution to this. But the best way to remedy this is to leave the writer to his own devices. Enough hate mail may make him do his work.
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