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Oct 5 2008, 08:06 PM
Oct 5 2008, 07:45 PM
Oh, I'm not saying that any two people can't fall out of love. I'm saying that John and Marlena wouldn't fall out of love. And if that sounds silly... it's a soap, and they're fictional characters. I understand you don't like that aspect of their relationship, and that's certainly your prerogative, but I would venture to say that many (most?) of the viewers who have liked them over the years have appreciated them in part because of that aspect. So while you find it predictable, many expect it to be the driving force behind their stories. And when it isn't, those viewers who do like it are left feeling alienated, because characters they enjoy watching are behaving out of character, and a relationship they've appreciated for over 20 years now seems as though it had been built on quicksand.
even fictional characters need to be able to lose, or the audience is not going to care about them. If the deck is already stacked in their favor, what is the point?
I'm a fan of John and Marlena partially because of their connection. I want them together. That may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's mine. And that doesn't mean that is the only reason I like them. I personally am not a Bope fan, and they have a similar kind of love to John and Marlena, so there is a lot more to why I am a fan of John and Marlena. With John and Marlena, I think their love for each other has been a big part of their appeal. I liked them right away. I still like them. For me it has made watching much more enjoyable.

I agree Ellie, I completely appreciate what John and Marlena have been to each other.
Edited by hops, Oct 5 2008, 08:36 PM.
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