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May 29 2009, 08:38 PM
May 29 2009, 08:24 PM
The way things are now, the same problems come up and instead of creating varied situations and solutions because the characters are all different, we get the same problems and same reactions to those problems over and over again. It's a bore.

Can you give some examples of what you're talking about?
Philip has been obsessed in the past and went through a terrible time in Iraq only to come back and become obsessed with his ex-wife again, who left town with someone else. In there somewhere he lost the daughter he raised for the first six months of her life believing she was his. After the war and losing his leg and his daughter, I could see him desperate to hang onto whatever made him feel safe, or ties to his past with Belle and his less than above board tactics made sense with his upbringing. Now he believes he's in love with Stephanie. Why her? Because she was somehow related to Belle? (I think she is...I've sort of lost track lol) Maybe I've missed things Philip has done or said but I just don't see why he's interested other than she's pretty and available and just a little bit of a challenge given her family's history but none of this is being expressed that I can see. I just don't sense any feeling when I watch them or get the impression their relationship goes deeper than physical attraction.

And these are characters who both have rich family history and all sorts of things that could have brought them together in spite of how their parents, etc would view the situation but none of that was used...it's just feels like a conventional love story that could have happened to any two people without all the baggage these two characters ought to have.

I have been responding in this thread primarily with Philip in mind, because he is the subject of the promo--him and Stephanie. I maintain that it's perfectly plausible that Philip has moved on with his life and does not love Belle or Chloe or Morgan and that, while I personally do not want him with Stephanie, he is currently saying he is in love with her. The fanwanking part to me is insisting that because he once told someone else he loved her, that has to stand permanently. And i don't see how it's bad writing to say he has a new love. The dialogue may be shitty, the situations may be contrived, the story may be boring--but the general point I was making was that I have a pet peeve about people saying, "If so and so came back or wanted "x" then "y" relationship would be over." Until the writers lay out that scenario, we don't know what the character would do. To say that so and so would definitely or never do something is utterly and completely unconvincing to me.

it's not bad writing to say he has a new love...it's bad writing to say it and not show any evidence of it based anything other than the words themselves. If the dialogue is shitty, the situations contrived and story boring, the writers aren't likely to sell the story. It can't just be as simple as this is the way the writers want it if they aren't going to do what it takes to convince their viewers and yes, I think it would be possible to make it believable...I agree that up to now, Philip hasn't had a mature relationship, ie, with someone who is his equal, but the writers aren't convincing me that Stephanie is the woman to keep him from falling back into relationships that were more familiar to him and more destructive.

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