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Sep 14 2009, 01:00 PM
Sep 14 2009, 12:56 PM
I still get a laugh when I read comments asking "Who are these people?" or "What show am I watching?"

Do you really expect to know all this when you admittedly don't watch regularly, if at all?
The answer to that is, YES! That's how soaps work. I think I've shared this before, but last year I was telling a friend of mine that I watch Days, and she said: "Days of Our Lives! I haven't watched that in years. How are Jack and Jennifer??" I've heard similar "How's Marlena?" or, "What's new with Victor?" comments over the years as well. That's what people expect from soaps. If a lapsed viewer (such as our friend Matt here) tunes in and finds the show unrecognizable, there's a very slim chance that Days will retain him as a viewer. Tim, it's not just by counting names, as you're doing here. If the viewer has a perception that their "Salem family" is now made up of strangers, then they don't feel part of the family anymore.
Shows change. Yes, Days underwent a massive overhaul but it's done that before. If you don't watch regularly, you can't get to know the characters well enough to get that family sense you speak of.

Once upon a time, characters like Jack, Jen, Kayla, Steve, John, Marlena, etc were strangers too. It took people giving the show a chance and watching regularly to make those characters as successful as they were. The writing was undoubtedly better but that is besides the point. If you don't watch enough, you can't possibly know what is going on and get to know these characters. And it's not like the show forced them down people's throats. Melanie was the only one who got forced on the audience. The others were slowly introduced with moderate airtime and most have their share of fans already.

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