- Jun 24 2009, 02:30 PM
I think itīs not so simple. I really donīt care about the real actorīs age. JKJ certainly doesnīt look like he is already in his 30 and Phillip is written as much younger as well. Honestly, I cannot imagine him in the same age group as Lucas, Sami, Chloe or Daniel. Years ago, when he was fighting about Claire and had the affair with Belle yes, but not anymore. From the moment Higley came on he is written as a young playboy, free, rich and enjoying the life. Dating younger beautifull girls is the most natural thing he could do.
How is Philip much younger? He's been to war. Twice. And wounded twice. He's running a major corporation and now he's running the seedy side of the business as well. He's been married before along with being a father. This guy has lived more then most guys twice his age.
The age thing is relative as well. Molly and SH are almost the same age in RL. And DAYS past is full of young girl/old men relationship which are legendary now. Itīs all about the chemistry. Iīm not expecting Phillip and Mel to end together but nothing is easier for the writers than to age Mel especially if the actress is older in RL as well. They did the same with Jennifer. She started college in 1988, yet in 1990 she was already in drinking age and she went from part time job at Spectator to full time job at television with no explanation. Her graduation was never even mentioned.
But Days chose to make Melanie 18. And though you can SORAS a character, it isn't something you can do overnight. And having Jennifer drinking in 1990 after starting college one year earlier is hardly a huge age jump. Having Melanie go from 18 to 21 or older is larger not in years but in experience. And if they are going to SORAS Melanie, they need to get a new actress because she's suffering from the same problem as RM, she just looks younger.
As for Mel and Phillip, they are hated here. But there are other boards where they have huge following. Heck, even the Brady/Mel group is growing. Obviously, we will never agree here but I think Molly really has something uniq which makes all the men around her came to life and react. I donīt see the "No, we wonīt" group become louder and louder, I see the exact opposite. And the show has to see it as well because otherwise they would drop it months ago. No matter how ridiculous theories people at DC and Nelson makes about Molly and the reason she is on the show, I seriously doubt TPTB would invest so much into her if the viewers polls came back majorly negative.
Numbers can be deceiving, especially on other boards. I think we can all remember one fan group who greatly inflated their numbers and I think it's quite possible with Melanie/Philip. Most of what I read is how much people HATE Melanie and that's Internet wide. I don't necessarily hate Melanie unless the show tries to make her more then she is. It's like their addiction to Darin Brooks which also was just as puzzling.
And the last thing, this is not a teen story. Nobody in it is written as teen or considered to be teen anymore. Mia, Will and Chad are teens. Phillip, Mel, Steph and Nathan are all young adults, starting their job or building their carreers. Nobody forces JKJ to hang around his locker room wearing Salem High basketball T-shirt and sneaking into girls shower room with Nathan. I donīt see why should JKJ mind. Heck, he may be dating SH in real life so why he should be against it in Salem.
Well, people see them as teens because most of the time they act like it. People called Stax and Chex teen stories too. Technically they should be in college right now but they can't do that because it only highlights how Philip ISN'T in college and looks seedy if he starts hanging around college campus to see his girlfriend. Can you imagine the CEO of any corporation doing that? And while I do want Philip to have been seen as a sexier guy, that isn't all that he's about. In fact, I miss the old Philip who was brooding and cynical. Finding out Belle never loved him and kept going back to that nitwit Shawn would make anyone think less of "love" and what was wrong with keeping his handicap of the missing leg? If I was a soap writer, I would prefer to write a deeply layered character who has hardships and losses that help push him to be his own man rather then a rich playboy who is blindly doing his father's orders. But Dena goes for what is easier to write and shapes the character to fit her "lazy" storylines.