WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Soaps and the Slippery Slope

Posted by faythleighann on March 6, 2017

So, the theme (same as the last blog) is soap operas. Again, the same basic ideas are discussed as to the logistics of why soap operas have been aired for so long. What is it that makes them so intriguing- or for reference to the common model- engaging. In the essay, one of the things mentioned is the size of cast. Ford stated that some soap operas “feature a cast of up to forty”. Which is so unlike most TV series nowadays that focus merely on a set of 3-7 characters. This being throughout multiple seasons as well, which is another difference in soaps. Soap operas tend to introduce what seems like an overwhelming number of stories compared to today’s popular shows, and drags them along multiple seasons. Whereas, a regular show introduces characters and a situation or problem that is typically resolved by then end of the season and given a new one in the finale. This is the primary reason for soap operas having been so successful. The methods to completely immerse an audience in these different stories gives them a sense of obligation and curiosity to keep updated. Another point is audience preference in general. As mentioned before sometimes I would watch soaps with my grandma and one thing I remember is that she never paid attention to the entire show- well at least not fully. Her full attention and interest was peaked when her favorite characters and their scene in the episode was airing. Giving an audience so many choices to take an interest in the series is why soaps are so successful.

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One Response to “Soaps and the Slippery Slope”

  1. kaufmansw said

    I found it quite intriguing that there are 40 characters in these. This is quite different than shows today as you pointed out. With more characters it’s easier to get the audience involved.

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