Just Jot It January -Daytime Drama

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Just Jot It January  – Daytime Drama 

#JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 1st, 2018

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Here it is January 1st already. Do you know what that means? It is time again for Linda’s “Just Jot It January”! Thanks, Linda!

Just follow the link above to find out the details of this month long challenge. Basically, anything you post to your blog is just fine for it. There are some suggested prompts if you want to use them, or just post whatever you want. It’s fun! 🙂

Today’s prompt word is brought to you by Ritu. You can find her blog at:  https://butismileanyway.com/2018/01/01/jusjojan-january-1st-2018-drama/

Thanks!

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Soapy Storytelling

Do you enjoy watching soap operas? How many of you admit to watching, and even enjoying soaps. Did you watch them in the past…do you still catch an episode now and then? Tuning in to ‘the stories’ has been a favorite pastime for many years, first on the radio, then on television.

I watched quite a few of them over the years. Only recently have I stopped.That’s because one by one, my favorites were cancelled after such long-running series. I’d watched “All My Children” since it’s beginning, in 1970, hardly ever missing a show. Then, after 41 years on the air, it was gone.

Soap operas are a fantastic feat in storytelling. The writers may have changed over the years, but from it’s inception, “All My Children” remained true to it’s creator’s vision. Agnes Nixon, who conceived of this soap opera, among many others, began just like all writers do to this day. She began with an idea, a vision of a story in her head. Putting pen to paper, she created the world of Pine Valley, and populated it with interesting characters.

There were many family groups, each with their own trials and tribulations, story lines, and more drama than any family should ever have to deal with. Eventually, all the characters in this imagined world, would come to know each other, and interact in all types of situations. During it’s run, it was a forerunner in bringing to light, many of the world’s concerns, and among the first to bring awareness, on air, to such groundbreaking issues as…the Viet Nam war, abortion, homelessness, racism, mental illnesses, diabetes, homosexuality, domestic violence, aids awareness, drug and gambling addiction, sexual harassment, and many other topics in the news of the changing times.

To have kept the story going all those years, and to have kept the audience interested and coming back for more, is a bit of writing genius, in my opinion. Can you imagine doing that…keeping your novel going for 41 years, writing a chapter each and every day, keeping the characters and plots moving forward? On top of all that, Ms Nixon and her team, managed to do the editing, rewriting, scripts, scenes, hiring of actors, television crews, and all others involved, and keep writing the story to make it all come together to meet the daily deadline.

Such is the world of soap operas. I applaud Agnes Nixon, for her dedication to her craft, for being such a wonderful storyteller, and for keeping me, and many thousands of soap opera fanatics, happy to tune in for another episode of the continuing story.

My copy of the history of “All My Children

Here you can find more about the soap opera, “All My Children”.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_My_Children

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note: First published on this blog in May 2014. Very few saw it back then, so this is a look back, and it fits the day’s prompt of ‘drama’.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2018 BS

24 responses »

    • That one was such a good soap. I was so sad when it ended. I did miss a few when I was working, and it was before you could even tape them on the VCR! Then when we were overseas they only showed “Ryan’s Hope”, which I didn’t follow, but watched anyway. I’m glad to hear you liked AMC, too! 🙂

      • Yes, I guess lots of people had heard of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) even if they didn’t watch the AMC soap. The Young & the Restless was another one I liked. I think it may still be on air. 🙂

    • There’s still a few soaps that still are on. When they ended AMC though, I didn’t try to get into another one, but I miss having a daily story. Oh yes, Another World was another of my favorites, which I watched for years. I hated when that one ended, too. Wish they were still on. 🙂

  1. I have been binging on Amazon Prime recently and I have Acorn TV. There was a British soapy drama ‘Where The Heart Is’ and I was watching all these episodes. And I was thinking like you that it would be a challenge to keep writing new episodes. It too covered many current issues which I see as a positive thing to educate people or get them thinking. 🙂

    • Exactly! Some would say soaps are only for housewives, and to advertise cleaning products, but they are so much more. In lots of ways they are educational, as well as being entertaining. Usually at the end they would give a hotline to call, or a website to look at, if someone was having the same kind of problems presented on the shows. That’s a good thing to do. 🙂

  2. When I was a kid and spent summers and breaks etc with my grandparents, both sets watched Days of Our Lives. As a result, I watched Days of Our Lives. For years and years. Even into high school, if I was in front of a tv 11-noon, I’d watch DOOL. The weirdest part was that then I didn’t. I went to college and worked for years and years and then when I carried my first baby, I took to napping midday and turned on the tv and there was DOOL! LOL And I was ten years older, but they weren’t! None of the people had aged! I haven’t watched in it a long time, not sure it’s still on, but now and again, I’d see it at the dentist’s or at someone’s house and I’d be like, “Marlena, still 40. She was 40 when I was 10 you know.” LOL

    • haha! That’s so funny, and true, that they never seemed to age. My mother in law watched Days all the time, and I tried to get into it, but never did much. Both grand mas watched some, and when I was over there I’d watch them. Now, these go way back to the 50s! They watched Secret Storm, and As the World Turns, and the Doctors, well so many. Yeah, even the story lines you could miss a bunch of episodes, and they’d still be on the same subject many weeks later! I do miss watching, but then came computers and that takes up my time these days. 🙂

  3. I never could stand watching soap operas. Closest I ever got was watching them in Spanish, it was entertaining to try to figure out what they were saying- and SO much drama!
    I also really enjoyed watching wrestling, WWF. Believe it or not, it was a great combination of sports, soap opera and comedy. They always have good guys and bad guys (who switch every week or so). 😉 It’s pretty fun to watch, or at least it was 20 years ago.

    • To each their own, I suppose, with liking or not liking the soap operas. Some I liked more than others, and some not at all. I’ve seen a few in Spanish, too. It is fun to try to pick out a few words, they are saying, I watched some Japanese ones when we were over there. They were so interesting to watch once in awhile, even if I didn’t know what they were saying. … Yeah, WWF is pretty fun to watch. Well, a little at a time, for us. They do a a great job of putting on a show! 🙂

      • Yep, everybody has their own opinion of the soaps. I’ve never seen a Japanese one, but the Korean ones were pretty cool to watch. I bet they’re pretty similar.
        One of these days, I’d like to go see WWF in person. I always think any sport is much better live than on TV. I can even get into a baseball game at the park. Even enjoy little league over major league baseball on the TV.

  4. My mom watched it all the time. I remember Tad and Nina (I think) I thought he was so cute, and then they had someone take over his role. Or was that Cliff?

    • AMC was on for many years, and I believe the actor who played Tad was the same the whole time. Not sure about the Cliff character, but he and Nina were one of daytime’s super couples for awhile.:)

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