I know I might be going out on a limb here...
But...writers can learn about
Most of you may snicker at this post, but I am a closet General Hospital watcher, have been since I was five (it's my only soap, I pinky swear). I don't recall much about GH back then, besides sneaking a peek at "Mommy's Show," while I was supposed to be napping after half a day at kindergarten. What I do remember, was my mother laughing, crying, cheering, and being held captive for a complete hour of her day.
Soap Operas give us characters we love to adore, despise (but secretly love!), need to know, crave to date, rise from the dead and characters we never, ever want to lose.
|Antonio Sabato Jr.|
Anyone recall the great love of Luke & Laura? Frisco & Felicia? How about lusting after Dr. Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) or Jagger Cates, the hot gangster with a golden heart (Antonio Sabato Jr.)?
The lovely Kimberly Anne McCullough is an actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her longtime role as Robin Scorpio on the show since she was seven years old. It's rare in the Land of Soaps for the same actor / actress to remain on a show for the majority of their lives. 27 years, Kimberly played the character, Robin. The actress performed an outstanding role, in which she won many awards.
Soap Opera characters die every day. But, GH's Robin was different. She loved fiercely. She forgave everyone (most everyone). She battled being HIV positive heroically. She mothered little Emma like there was no tomorrow. Gentle, kind, giving, courageous, caring, dedicated, shall I go on??
We writers could learn a thing or two when creating our next character. Seriously, no more laughing at me. :-)
The writers of GH and Kimberly gave us a raw, compelling character. (Some of you are still laughing, aren't you???) I was so saddened by her "tragic death" on the show two weeks ago, I couldn't even finish the episode with her funeral service on Friday. I gave myself a tension headache from crying!
As writers, we strive to create believable characters, right? Anyone else inspired by a soap star?
Check out what this Southern Belle View writer, Beth Webb Hart has to say about what she's learned from soap operas here .
Here's a bit about creating compelling characters over at Divine Secrets of the Writing Sisterhood.
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And now, for you soap opera fans who cannot get enough from daytime shows, here's an episode from Gatonovela - Cat Soap Opera
~A story of betrayal and loyalty, love and hate, support and jealousy and life and death. share with us the joy and sadness in the life of simple cats who are destined for greatness.