Every Friday I try to  post a term of soap opera jargon. Find more on the Soap Opera Jargon page.

Read – Much about soap operas are an illusion. “Brick” walls are plywood. “Diamonds” are cubic zirconium. “Alcohol” is often colored water or watered down juice, etc. Much depends on perception and part of that is the characteristics of actors and actresses. One of these is how they read or appear to the audience. To some extent read is in the eye of the beholder, but is often commonly accepted by the majority of the audience. A performer may read older or younger than their real age. This is how 20 year olds are hired to play teenagers. You’ll often hear she reads too young for that role or he reads too old for that role. Age is most often referenced, but other characteristics can be included. For example, Paul Anthony Stewart reads Hispanic even though that’s not his genetic heritage and so he was cast as Danny Santos. Other characters might read too higher class or not menacing enough for a particular role. It’s often difficult to tell how a character will read until they are seen on screen with their typical scene partners. When there is a quick multiple recast of a role, it’s normally because the performer didn’t read right.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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