I'm not sure when this love of soap operas started, but I remember that when I was in high school, I used to run home every day to watch Days of Our Lives, which very conveniently started at 3:30 where I lived. In Canada, for some reason, they show Days and Y&R a day ahead of the States, so if I miss them, I can always watch the US feed the next day. Gotta love a show that tries to work around YOUR schedule, huh?
Anyway, back to high school. I watched Days of Our Lives, and marvelled at the fairy tales romances of couples such as Roman and Marlena (then later John and Marlena) and Bo and Hope. Those relationships withstood such instense hardships, and they'd be torn apart only to find their way back to each other. You know, now that I think about it, it's no wonder that I have such an unrealistic view of love.
From DOOL, my passion turned to All My Children, and the much married Erika Kane and all her drama, and then, after a while, to The Young And The Restless, which is the only soap I'll cop to still watching to this day.
What I love about soaps is their incredibly realistic story lines that you just can't find anywhere else. Remember when Marlena was possessed by the devil and tried to kill John's girlfriend Kristen by tying her up in a church and drawing evil symbols on her? Who DOESN'T have that happen to them? Why, just last week I found myself... okay, maybe they're not so realistic.
These days, the stories are a little less far-fetched (but only a little), but they still have the power to draw me in every day. It's a form of escapism, and when the world seems out to get me, I can always tune into Y&R and see that these people obviously have it soooooo much worse. ;)
Do you like to watch soap operas? If so, which ones, and why?