Cher Thinking Fans:
I wanted this Christmas message to be merrier, but alas, I’ve been sick for the last five days. Ever the trendsetter, I am the first among my friends and family to be downed by what the local newscasts have dubbed “Vicious Virus,” a miserable stomach flu that is sweeping New York City just prior to Christmas. Isn’t it interesting that TV has made even the achiest, most miserable illness alliteratively promotable?
Complicating all this is the fact that I can’t seem to snap out of the gloom caused by Georgie’s murder on General Hospital earlier this week. Sure, Georgie was a fictional character, but the murder goes beyond the loss of a rare intelligent young female character and a very good actress, Lindze Letherman. Did GH have to strangle her to death at Christmas, of all seasons? It’s as if at the end of the episode in which Spinelli found Georgie’s body in the park, an arm reached out from the TV screen and with a hand tattooed with the initials “ABC” between the knuckles, found me and slapped me across the face. Hard.
Ugliness! I hate ugliness! Reportedly, the same tattooed hand had reached out and dealt actress Sabine Singh an extra wallop to her behind as she departed the central role of Greenlee, which she has wonderfully and very courageously played over the year on All My Children. Actors get fired all the time, but few have a network boss who go to the soap magazines and boast that Singh shouldn’t feel ashamed since she was being replaced by the Emmy winner who had originated the role (Rebecca Budig). He thought it was a compliment! Ugly! Ugly!
I’ve loved soaps for decades and I know many of you have, too. Yes, the genre is in decline, but that doesn’t mean we all have to conduct ourselves in an ugly manner. It’s Christmas, the traditional time of peace and hope. I firmly believe soap fans have a lot of power to change the fate of the genre. As Tom Joad declared at the end of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, “We’re the people.”
Next year, I hope that by publicly discussing our constructive ideas on how to make soaps better, we Thinking Fans can help to make the soap world once more a beautiful place, not an ugly one.
Since we started marlenadelcroix.com a month ago, we’ve been deluged with messages from old soap fans and new, and it’s been a real treat for me to hear from so many of you again. We can tell by the quality of the letters that, just as I predicted, there are thousands of Thinking Soap Fans out there, ready to share their sophisticated thoughts, devotion to and frustrations with soaps with each other. Darlings, in just a month, you have made Marlena (and her beloved husband Moose, who serves as co-pilot here) very happy that we’ve started this site. We hope you’re enjoying it too.
Merry, merry Christmas!