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Dec 16 2008, 11:38 AM
- June 14, 2007
- Favorite Current Daytime Soap Opera
- Days of our Lives
- Favorite Soap Opera of All Time
- Days of our Lives
- Favorite Current Primetime Soap Opera
- Favorite Primetime Soap Opera of All Time
- Melrose Place
Even the best writers run out of stories. It happens. Bill Bell, Douglas Marland,etc. They all hit walls with certain characters and when the time came, they either moved them to the back or wrote them out. Again, these are ensemble pieces and the show has relied too long on the same people. That is not to say you cut all the vets but you have to freshen the canvas or else you will be stuck telling the same stories again and again because you have the same characters playing things out. Some of these vets on Days have been here for over 20 years. What are they supposed to do? Keep playing the same vets for another 10? Are we going to have Bo. Hope, John, and Marlena chasing around baddies with walkers? Not trying to be harsh but at some point you have to move on. Days did it in the 80's, much to the chagrin of many, and it has to do it sometime soon. Hell, it should've already. There isn't much original stuff you can do and much of what is suggested is either something repetitive or done before or something that many fans may feel is boring or out of sorts for Days since you have so many different types of plans to please.
- Dec 16 2008, 03:21 AM
- Dec 16 2008, 03:10 AM
Well, if you look at fan fictions, the ones that are written by die hard J&M fans focus on nothing but J&M and them being in love while fan fictions from others that focus on Days, in general, vastly differ, In fact, you will find that in many fan fictions J&M are either split up or off the canvas, unless it's a J&M fan fiction. Why? Because it does get tired after awhile. Until your a writer, you can't realize it and I know it's hard to imagine as fans of them. I never realized either until I began writing. Yes, there is more story to tell but in fan fictions you don't have limits. There is no budget or interference. You cut who you want and what what you want. Having said that, you still reach a point with some characters where you feel you have nothing left for them and have to write them out. It happens and Jane is right and not just about this J&M story. I won't go into the reasons because this debate has been had before.
Even with budget or interference, at the heart of a story is the idea of the author. I still disagree with what you're saying; I think a talented soap writer can come up with new story ideas for any character. If a particular writer can't think of any more ideas, then I think it's time for the show to get a new writer.