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|PhoenixRising05||Dec 16 2008, 11:52 AM|
Maybe it is a generalization but it's what I have observed. That isn't to say there isn't any good ones out there but I'm basing on what I have seen. That is all I can really do. I'm sure there are some balanced ones out there but, again, what works in those fan fictions may not work onscreen or ever get to the screen.
The Days audience is not easy to get a read on. You have couple fans, character fans, fans of camp, fans of romance, fans of gothic, fans of serious and character-driven, and young fans who watch for various reasons. Not to mention, you have a EP who panics and screws with stories and a network who wants you gone the minute they can replace you. A network that wanted you gone when you were still #2 in the ratings. Even if you get a new writer, the same problems will exist. The new writer will get their stuff on for about 3 months. Some fans will get mad, Corday will panic, and more fans will get mad. He will panic again and the circle of inconsistent story and dropped stories will continue, angering even more fans as he tries in his impossible task to please everyone. The writer will get crucified by fans when he or she is not the pivotal person responsible. It's sad how predictable it is but it's the truth. No matter who writes, the creativity will be sucked out the window in the long term as long as Corday is involved. The best years and times the show had were before his time began as EP and when he was not permitted to interfere because he had strong EPs like Rabin, Langan, etc to keep him out of stories and the writing.
I'm also not saying there has to be triangles. I feel the vet couples are beyond that and felt J&M was too until nuJohn arrived. Now you can play that because of the potential nuJohn brought along. I don't even think Charlotte was to be in a triangle with them. Hell, Sandra herself said it was only supposed to be for a few episodes initially. All interest has been on John's end and it's came off as a way to make Marlena jealous. Charlotte is just a catalyst and while I understand J&M fans being upset about that, I think it's better this way but I see the point of J&M fans who wanted Marlena to do it because of the history. We will just have to disagree on that.
When a couple is together and happy, there are stories you can tell but the issue with Days is that many of those stories are not embraced by many. Social issues stories, health-related stories, and others of that nature are found to be boring by many. I would love a story about Marlena's career that causes conflict for J&M but I know some would hate that because it's too realistic and serious. I think as a writer you have to go with what you feel most of the audience will accept. You have to try to please the most people you can. You can't please everyone though. I think if you can't come up with anything you think will work for the characters or couple at the moment or that a good part of the audience won't embrace or give a chance then you have to either move the characters or couple into a supporting role for awhile or for good or just write them out short-term or long-term. Otherwise, you tell a repetitive story or force a story and it never comes out well.
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