When I was a stay-at-home wife expecting my first baby, I got caught up in the fictional world of a soap opera. I guess I inherited it from my grandma who used to listen to (I think) As the World Turns on the radio. Anyway, I started my soap viewing with Another World on NBC where the villainess was named Rachel Frame (although I think she married Steven Frame after I started watching; don’t remember her original last name).
Having done some amateur acting in my younger days, I can tell you that playing the bad guy or girl is great fun, and I guess it was always the villainess in soaps that made them worth watching. I was always waiting for them to get their comeuppance.
A few years and another baby later, I switched from NBC to ABC and from Another World to All My Children and One Life to Live. Naturally, I got caught up in the travails of bad girl, Erica Kane (AMC). And what viewer didn’t find herself rooting for Susan Lucci (who played Erica for 41 years!) to finally win a daytime Oscar after about a gazillion nominations? Forget what year she won but glad she did.
Well, I stopped watching soaps many, many years ago, before I started writing novels. I was a working mom and there weren’t DVRs back in those days. Besides, some of the outlandish story lines were too much, even for me. And of course, over the years, sex and nudity invaded daytime TV as it had already invaded nighttime TV and movies before it, and that spoiled a lot of TV for me.
Still, when I heard that All My Children and One Life to Live were the latest soaps to bite the dust, it was like a little bit of my youth bit the dust with them. Oh, well. The youth was gone anyway. LOL!