Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back in the saddle again...

Just popping in to say that I am, once again, going to attempt to get this blog off the ground and right in it regularly. I am working on a new post, focusing on Days of Our Lives, which will hopefully be up later today or tomorrow.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

R.I.P. Jeanne Cooper

Jeanne Cooper, who portrayed Katherine Chancellor on the Young and the Restless for the past forty years, died yesterday at the age of 84. It's a great loss, as she was absolutely amazing. Although I haven't been watching The Young and the Restless regularly for the last few years, it was because of poor writing and other characters/storylines, never because of Katherine, who remained awesome. No matter what else was happening on the show, she was a bright spot.

I am planning on reading Cooper's memoir, Not Young, Still Restless, which I have had sitting on my Kindle for a while, later this week/this weekend.

I will leave you all with one of my favorite things of all time, Jeanne Cooper's speech upon finally winning a Daytime Emmy as Lead Actress in 2008.

P.S. --- I know last time I promised thoughts on the new All My Children, and I swear they are coming soon, but one thing you will learn as this blog goes on (whoever you are, if anyone's reading this lol) is that I am not good at sticking to a deadline, even of my own making.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Happy New All My Children and One Life to Live Day!

YOU GUYS!!! I cannot even contain my excitement at this point. It was an AMAZING feeling waking up this morning and knowing that there were new episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live waiting for me. Pardon the over-use of caps in the above paragraph, and be forewarned there may be many more caps to come, as I am OVER THE FREAKING MOON!!! Ahem.

I thought about doing a scene-by-scene recap of both shows, but in the end I am just too excited to form that kind of coherent narrative, so this will be my random thoughts/impressions instead, if I can stop bouncing off the walls long enough to type them.

Okay, so I will do this in the order in which I watched them: One Life to Live first (cuz my mom was busy and I didn't want to watch AMC without her, since it's her favorite after GH).

Spoilers for the new episode behind the jump if you haven't seen it yet (and if you haven't seen it yet WHAT IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT'S HOLY ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!!!!)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Introduction & Welcome + About This Blog

Hi, all! *waves* Welcome to my latest attempt at a blog. Rather than just writing about whatever comes into my head (which is a lot!) this blog is going to focus on one (big and fabulous and wonderful) topic dear to my heart: soap operas!

What is it about soaps that makes them so amazing? They are stories that never end (unless they are cancelled by horrible unfeeling network execs, although even then they can come back as the recent revitalization of One Life to Live and All My Children has proved). They are filled with drama! Passion! Characters who you grow to love and/or hate! Characters who become your family. I think Viki said it best in a speech upon the cancellation of Fraternity Row, the soap-within-a-soap on One Life to Live, which of course became a tribute to One Life to Live itself as it ended its run on ABC.

I first started watching soaps when I was home sick from school in elementary and middle school. I would switch back and forth between One Life to Live and Passions, which were cruelly scheduled against each other. When I was in college, I discovered the British soap opera Hollyoaks, which aired briefly on BBC America. When I raved about it to my best friend, she told me about how much she and her mom loved General Hospital. I started watching GH, and I was hooked. Before long, not only was I watching GH, I was making fan (music) videos and watching old clips on YouTube. Next came All My Children. GH was my true gateway drug. From there I started to absorb everything soaps.

Unfortunately, I was born a few decades too late. My discovery of the wonderful world of soaps came at the time that the genre was declining. First Guiding Light was cancelled, which I wasn't a big fan of, then As the World Turns, which I did watch occasionally. Then ABC cancelled All My Children and One Life to Live, and I was absolutely devastated.

I decided to start this blog now because things are really starting to look up again in soaps. One Life to Live and All My Children are being relaunched online. My beloved GH is on a creative upswing and just celebrated its 50th Anniversary. I want to celebrate soaps and share my thoughts on them with the world.

What can you expect to find here? Discussion on the soaps I watch (General Hospital, One Life to Live, All My Children, Hollyoaks, sometimes The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives), as well as the genre in general. Reaction to some casting news and maybe spoilers (which will be clearly marked). Maybe recaps of the shows, possible video blogs. Raving about my favorite couples and characters. Reviews of soap-related books I read. My fanmade videos.

So that's it for my introduction! I'll leave you with a video I made to celebrate 50 years of GH:

Until next time...