Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Understanding the U.S Soap Opera Part 1 (3/7)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

Soap operas are not something I necessarily grew up with. Soap operas were something that was more relevant back in my grandmother’s day, back when it was basically soap operas, sports, and the news. The closest thing I watch to a soap opera now is Grey’s Anatomy. This show has been going on for as long as I can remember and is very dramatic and sad and has predictable twist and turns everywhere. Is this what older people would call a real soap opera? I do not know. The only place I have ever really seen a soap opera is on a TV show I watch call Jane the Virgin. On this show, Jane and her grandmother watch soap operas together. Most the time these soap operas are boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl have lots of friends and family they are very close to, and then like half the people on the show end up dead or missing for a few seasons. From what I know soap operas are very predictable for the most part and most people can tell exactly what is going to happen next, even though most people act like it is a big surprise. Soap operas or sort of like current day reality TV, these are all sort of stories that could happen, but most the time in day to day life usually do not happen to the average person. Some soap operas the content of the show is not as dramatic, but then other times you can watch and you will ask about what craziness you just watched.


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