By Marlena De Lacroix
Bonjour, everyone. This November will mark 20th anniversary of my becoming Marlena De Lacroix, soap critic. Marlena’s mission has always been to write the truth as I see it, no matter how impolitic.
But now, for me — I repeat, for me — it’s clear that we’ve reached the end stage of network daytime soap opera, a medium we have watched forever and loved so much. Perhaps that’s why I find watching soaps and writing criticism so difficult
For years, we’ve watched and believed plots that would be unlikely or even ridiculous if they actually happened. But the secret of great soap opera is that the best and brightest writers knew how to craft and pace storylines so that they were EMOTIONALLY believable. Not any more. Not now!
right now. Fans, posters and columnists are angry and hurt. A critic can beat soaps with a baseball bat every single week, but what’s the point? I used to write about soaps because they were fun to write about, sheer joy! Now, [Read more...]