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  1. Leaving aside the intense feelings about the Prospect Park reboots, there are other instances in which many (not all, I understand) soap fans have been opposed to having soaps on an online streaming platform. In recent years, anytime the time for the Daytime Emmys rolls around, the complaints about the program being streamed online are consistent. Then there are the fans who constantly wish for their favorite defunct soap to be resurrected but on TV, not online. My favorite category are the soap fans who complain online that they won't be able to see these programs if they're streamed online...while they are online! Personally, I've never had an issue watching anything on my laptop (maybe because my laptop is giant, with a screen just under 20") but in the cases where I needed to watch on a television set, I've found that a HDMI cable works just fine and costs less than $10. Most sports fans, who have been the biggest proponents of using TV screens (the bigger the better) have even begun to come around to the advantages of streaming (especially fans of niche sports). Why do soap fans continue to be so averse to streaming? Is it only screen size? Does the nostalgia factor weigh heavily? Does anyone truly believe that networks are going to pick up cancelled soaps and put them back on broadcast? This is not a rant (okay the part describing my favorite category of soap fan was a bit of a rant). Still...I genuinely welcome discussion on this. Thoughts?
  2. Lately as I watch classic soap episodes, whether an episode here or there, or a full-on binge, I've noticed some things. I guess, when I really think about it, they are kind of quirky. This makes me wonder whether I'm the only one who picks up on these things or do others? Also, is it just as a soap fan? For example: I've noticed that I really get invested in classic episodes that involve some storm, mainly a thunderstorm or when it's raining cats and dogs. I think this is because, as a kid, I'd watch episodes of As The World Turns and some of the best episodes during that time involved episodes where there were heavy rainstorms. I was watching the third season of The Good Fight and most of the episodes this season involved day after day of heavy rain! And I loved it! The characters on TGF even remarked how bizarre the weather was that it should be raining day after day like that. Too bad they didn't have Scott Bryce reprise his role for some of those episodes, it would've really brought me back to the days of ATWT's Tad Channing murder or the episodes where James Stenbeck emerges from the dead! Another thing I've noticed is that when I watch a classic episode where very popular music is being used, most of the time, I get annoyed. I think, it's because, knowing what I know now about music rights, I can't help but think to myself "this is going to pose a problem down the road". Also, I think this might also go back to my days in the graduate dramatic writing program at university in NYC when professors often thought that the use of music in dramatic scenes of sequences could be lazy--a device that conjures ready emotion whenever the actual writing is lacking (i.e. fails to produce emotion). To a certain extent, I've begun to believe it myself (which is probably why, after a few seasons, Grey's Anatomy started to annoy the heck outta me!) There are probably more quirks but those are the two that stand out in my mind. Does anyone have any other soap related "quirks" that they feel like sharing?
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