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Dec 4 2008, 02:28 AM
Dec 4 2008, 01:46 AM
To change the subject a bit, I always have thought since Steve came back, that when he was working for Stefano, and when he was doing all sorts of other stuff, he had an affair with Gina (Hope). Maybe they had a kid that was given up for adoption. Steve has his memories back, but wouldn't want to say anything, as to ruin his relationship with Kayla, destroy Bo and Hope's relationship, and the friendship the four have. Steve never felt good enough for Kayla, and now he has many reasons to believe this is true. It would bring Steve and Kayla back to their core relationship. How would Bo and Hope react to learning more things that Hope did as Gina? What would happen to the Steve and Bo friendship; the Hope and Kayla friendship. What if this kid was raised as a DiMera somewhere, or he ended up in Salem, hell on wheels. As the son of Steve and Hope, he is a Horton; maybe he gets paired up with Chelsea. How would Bo and Hope deal with!? Some much to explore I bring this up because I think it could be a good long lasting story, but fans of the couples would hate it. The same thing that happened during the John, Marlena, Bo, Hope story. As a fan of the whole show, I enjoyed it. But sometimes fans of particular couples only watch the show for their couple, and thus anything that goes against what they want, makes the show poorly written.
I actually did that in my old fan fiction and would love to actually see the whole story through.

Steve, Hope, and Marlena were all MIA at once. I always wanted the show to link those stories. So much potential but I do think alot of the potential is in mixing things up (such as Steve and Hope) and the fanbases would put the kibosh on that.
I have mixed feelings on this. I want conflict for my favorite couples, but I don't want something trivial breaking them up.

Because I'm more J&M based, I'll use J&M for my examples, but I think the same would be true of any couple one is invested in, Bope, Payla, Tanna, etc.

On the one hand, I do like my John and Marlena rock solid in love and perfect. For me, they represent love, so I'm heavily invested in them and how they are portrayed. I don't want one of them to ever let the other down.

On the other hand because they are so in love, I think they should be able to conquer anything, and I want a lot thrown at them. But as a writer, how do you throw stuff at them and have it have impact if they have to be perfect or their fans don't like it?

I think there were cases where the writers went to extremes to break up the super couples in such a way that it would be hard to say 'love failed them, but incredible circumstances happened'. But some fans (NOT saying all) just would not even allow for the possibility that any circumstance could cause one to be unfaithful to the other.

The writers wrote the story where Hope and John are not in their right minds and cheat on Bo and Marlena. There were fans who absolutely hated Hope or John because 'their real characters would never cheat, not even under mind control'.

John thought Marlena was dead, Kate thought Roman was dead, they helped each other heal. Kate was wonderful helping John get over his addiction (not my fav storyline, but I loved her helping him). Not knowing their spouses were alive, they found comfort in each other. The relationship was interesting and a change of pace, but from what I understand there were some fans who were very upset with that story even though John felt Marlena was dead. I liked Roman and Kate as friends of John and Marlena, but it seems like that relationship was totally killed because of fan reaction. (note: I was not online when this happened, so I'm going by things a friend told me).

I don't want to get involved in was any of this right or wrong. My question is, 'Is there really any scenario where it's acceptable to upset an established 'couple'?

I'd honestly have thought mind control (as outlandish as that sounds) and death would be somewhat acceptable. If they aren't, what is?

I think there are great stories for our couples, but the writers have to be willing to make them human (without killing the core character) and deal with the fan fallout. It's our jobs as fans to get upset, but the writers shouldn't over-react to fan pressure. It's a balance. I want to be upset and tune in every day anxious to root for my couple to overcome, even if it's painful. I do expect it to be enjoyable vs. torture or enjoyable and torturous.

btw - I also think there are other types of stories, like mysteries, adventures, helping others overcome obstacles, being the backdrop for others falling in love, that are interesting without having to break the couple apart. There are many kinds of stories.

Edited by Kyrai, Dec 4 2008, 12:54 PM.
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