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Ellie
Aug 14 2008, 10:53 AM
True, all good points! I like how you put it about "bridging the gap". It's an interesting writing choice - I would have preferred that they'd stayed with the direction they went with in the spring, where Marlena was the one who could bring out 'new John's' emotions, and John acknowledged that and fell for her in the process. But given that they seem to have extended the story (to say the least) and brought Stefano back on the scene, I think that if this is written well, as you're saying, it could really be a very interesting twist.

Can't wait to watch the Tony/John scene you mention. Stefano was obsessed with Marlena even before John came on the scene, but when J&M fell in love, that infuriated Stefano beyond belief. Aside from the fact that as we're discussing, they're using that to drive the current story, I'm so happy that they're even mentioning it in the first place. Let's just say that it's MUCH more true to history than Santo and Colleen, lol. This is the type of writing (imo) that should be taking place for all the characters... stories which acknowledge and build on their rich history together.
Well, I think that if they had not dragged out the story in the manner that they did, then just have Marlena be the only that could bring out John's emotions would have worked just fine. But having made the story choice that they did, it wouldn't make sense to me that John would suddenly have a change of heart and suddenly decide the can't live without Marlena (I'm sure it could be easily fanwanked by J&M fans, but I'm sort of looking at this as a more "neutral" observer I guess) without some kind of catalyst. And, I like the idea that the catalyst is as much a desire to bug Stefano as it is anything else (i.e. the visits from Santo and OldJohn). Because that's a motivation that fits with who NuJohn is right now. And then it allows J&M's relationship to change him further, if that makes any sense.

As for the use of history, I agree. Although I do have to mention that in the course of watching the original Benjy storyline for S&K from 1988, I've seen the reappearance of Stefano in that story. And, in light of all that has happened over the last year, it's very interesting to me that even in 1988, the writers made it clear that Stefano had a grudge/vendetta against the whole Brady family. It was conveyed quite clearly through the dialogue and storyline. So, while I won't disagree that Stefano's obsession with Marlena is probably more true to history than the Santo/Colleen ridiculousness, the idea that Stefano had a vendetta against the entire Brady family for reasons not totally known isn't something that they made up in 2007. It's very present in 1988 as well.
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