By Akbi Khan
We love our soaps here at LTAS, that is clear, we hope. Part of that love comes from the droll, touching, clearly fictitious, and often outlandish story lines that we often see repeated in various soaps, year after year. Again, we love these story lines, and wouldn’t have them any other way, so this recurring column is about reverence for our soaps, not mockery or anything negative (that being said, some will seem snarkier than others, but again, they are observations made out of admiration and love). After you, the readers, get the hang of what we’re doing (which shouldn’t take long), we hope you’ll consider adding some of your own in the comments.
To give you some obvious examples of what I mean by “funny soap recurring themes,” here are a few: people’s coming back from the dead (Dixie on AMC just before it went of TV airwaves); baby-switching (Gabrielle switching her own child for Brenda’s on OLTL in the 1980’s); characters’ being married multiple times, often to the same person (Erica Kane, anyone?).
Getting the hang of it? Add some in the comments. There are many more to come, and they will be accompanied by examples and sometimes even video clips. This is something to have fun with, while also remembering what makes our soaps special and awesome and part of why we love them.