Posts Tagged ‘Soap Opera Jargon’

Reclaim a Role

August 12, 2017

From time to time, I post a term of soap opera jargon on Friday night. Find a complete list on my Soap Opera Jargon page.

Reclaim a Role – Reclaiming a role is a concept almost exclusively limited to soap operas, very long running TV shows, and long running film franchises. First a role must be vacated and recast. This can be a “permanent” recast or a temporary recast. The actor who had the role leaves the show to pursue other opportunities, because a contract agreement couldn’t be reached, because of ill health, etc. The replacement might be on for any length of time. Then they have to leave. The recast might be leaving for any reason or it might be things just didn’t gel and TPTB want the original performer back. In those cases, when someone takes over a role they had previously played from another performer it’s called reclaiming a role.

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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Soap Opera Jargon Soap Job

April 15, 2017

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

Soap Job – On any soap opera jobs aren’t like in real life. Sometimes there will be a specific reason why someone would hire somebody, they save your life or step in at the last minute and pull something off, but mostly you just suddenly have the job TPTB want you to. For instance, Rick Bauer went from changing bed pans to having graduated med school in a matter of weeks. Mel Boudreau had suddenly magically decided that she was a lawyer too, that she had finished law school at med school AT THE SAME TIME! Normally a soap opera job will just fall into your lap and you’ll be the best person at that job ever. There are only very rare failures, like when Patty Williams Abbott tried to be a model on The Young and the Restless or when Frank Cooper’s private detective agency went bust. More commonly you get a job without any background at all and you’ll be a success. Here’s examples via  from One Life to Live Dorian Lord: doctor -> publisher -> art gallery owner -> mayor -> senator. And one from General Hospital Lucy Coe: librarian -> cosmetics company CEO -> realtor. Sadly it doesn’t work that way in real life where you usually have to have some preparation to get a job, but then again it seems like a few people do find those soap opera jobs in real life too.

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.

Soul Mate

December 17, 2016

Every Friday night, I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find previous entries on the Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Soul mate – Despite the fact they break up on a regular basis, soap couples, especially super couples, say that they are each other’s sole mates. Fans say it about them far more often. For example, “Michelle is Danny’s soul mate.” The Merriam-Webster definition in their online dictionary (linked below) is for people who have matching temperament. I’d go beyond their definition. In soap operas the term is more specific meaning that this couple was fated to be together and are the only true match for each other. You will also seen it spelled soulmate, but according to Webster the correct spelling is two words.

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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.

Ugly Cry

December 3, 2016

Every Friday night, I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find previous entries on the Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Ugly Cry – Sometimes on soaps you get a quiet, lovely cry with a single tear or two. Brooke Logan Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful is famous for this. Other times you are totally shredded emotionally and completely break down, tears streaming down the face, physically bent over, red face, red eyed, choking on your own breath crying. Annie Dutton, one of the true masters of the craft, works herself up into an ugly cry in this scene.

Check out the definition and history of the term ugly cry according to Merriam-Webster.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/ugly-cry-origin-meaning

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.

Has Legs

August 27, 2016

Every Friday I post a term of soap opera jargon. Find more on my soap opera jargon page.

Has Legs – This isn’t an exclusive soap opera term, but it’s frequently used by fans when analyzing storylines. A storyline with legs is one that is both interesting and enjoyable plus one that has a lot of potential storyline to play. For instance if something that happens that will have many repercussions, like when Mindy Lewis started an affair with Roger Thorpe while he was married with Alexandra Spaulding. There not only was the Mindy-Roger beat, but what about when Alex found out, how would her father Billy react, and it ignited a feud between Alex and Mindy which geared up even more when Mindy got involved with a man revealed to be Alex’s son. A story with legs will kick off many more storylines and reactions.

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.

 

Soap Opera Wedding

June 26, 2016

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

Soap Opera Wedding – Weddings can take all shapes and sizes on soap operas, but the term soap opera wedding is normally applied to the extremely lavish weddings that were especially common on soap operas during the 1980s. These weddings often were shot on location at some gorgeous old house or exotic location. Although they didn’t have a lot of bridesmaids and groomsmen, their outfits are normally very elaborate, especially the groomsmen. They also involve a big reception, elaborate presents, decorations, and an extremely fancy cake. The term comes from the weddings on soap operas, but the term is actually applied to weddings in real life that are viewed as overly elaborate.

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.

Character Assassination

June 11, 2016

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

Character Assassination – Although there is a lot of murder on soap operas, character assassination doesn’t have anything to do with literal death. When you invite characters into your home for years and years, you learn their history, their characteristics, what they are or are not likely to do. You follow Douglas Marland’s tenant: “Don’t change a core character. You can certainly give them edges they didn’t have before, or give them a logical reason to change their behavior. But when the audience says, “He would never do that,” then you have failed.” Character assassination is when you do the opposite, when history and personality are sacrificed to advance plot or the fancy of a new team of writers. Sometimes it’s not the action itself, but the way or the reason a character does something. However, when the character is forced to do something they wouldn’t do, normally something terrible or stupid, it’s character assassination.

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.

My Stories

May 28, 2016

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

My Stories aka The Stories – To some extent “my stories” is just another synonym for soap operas, but there is more to how the phrases are typically used. Soap fans usually don’t watch every soap. “My stories” are the soap operas that are the particular soaps that are your main focus, most often the ones that were passed down in your family or the ones you’ve watched from the first episode. These are the soap towns where we feel we are part of the community. The characters from these shows are the ones we talk about as if they were relatives. For example, I’ve watched Passions, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital, but they will never be my stories the way Guiding Light and As the World Turns are.

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.

Revenant and Soap Dead

May 14, 2016
 Every Friday night, I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find previous entries on the Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Revenant, according to Merriam-Webster.com means: “one that returns after death or a long absence,” and comes from the French word that means “to return.” It was first used to mean “ghost,” “specter,” or “wraith,” and then developed the meaning “one who returns to a former place after prolonged absence”; both meanings seem to fit the new film, since DiCaprio’s character is left for dead (not a spoiler—it’s in the trailer) and returns to find his former companions. The new film starring Leonardo DiCaprio sent people to the dictionary to look up the title: revenant. At this point the word was the most searched term on Merriam-Webster.com during 2016.

So it turns out that, much like couple code turned out to have a pre-existing word that described it – portmanteau, Soap Dead is the same concept as Revenant.

Soap Dead – Miraculous returns from the dead have been a part of soap operas almost from the beginning, whether it was a carefully laid plot or a “guess who didn’t make it in Hollywood and came crawling back.” However, it didn’t used to be as common as it is today. (See Sudden Doppleganger) Now returning from the dead is so common that people have developed a term, “soap dead” to describe a situation where viewers assume no character is really dead and the actor or at least the character will be back.

There have been a lot of memorable returns over the years. One of the MOST memorable was on As the World Turns when the monk who had been sinisterly lurking around town for weeks pushed back his cowl and said “Hello, Barbara” revealing ubervillian  James Stenbeck in his first of many returns from the dead. This scene made such an impact that if you say “Hello, Barbara” to almost any soap fan and they will know exactly what you mean. ATWT also had one of the best written returns. When Shannon O’Hara McKendrick returned to town it had already been announced by the soap magazines, but it still managed to shock us by setting up a situation where Duncan’s current wife Jessica was assumed to be the source of the phone call that urged Duncan to come because they had his wife in custody, he opened the door and it was Shannon instead. (Sadly they hadn’t planned what should happen nearly as well after week 1 and ultimately Shannon and Duncan were shipped out of town again, ignoring tons of story possibilities.) Once in awhile we can still be surprised. On The Young and the Restless Phillip Chancellor II came back from the dead after being peacefully in his grave for 16 years, when the other end of Cane’s phone calls was revealed at the end of an episode. (I yelled “WHAT!” outloud.) However, it’s such a common occurrence now that they don’t even always bother to come up with a story that makes sense to explain the return like the wax doll replacement that was used for The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Taylor Hayes Forrester or the twin who showed up to take a bullet for Cane/Ethan/Whatever they’re calling him this week on The Young and the Restless. Days of Our Lives has made in an unusually campy joke with pretty much everyone in town back from the dead a couple of times and Tony Demeria is not dead because it was his cousin Andre who was killed, but wait Andre is a live too and Tony was really being held on an island the whole time so both Tony and Andre were the same person, but now Tony is supposedly really dead and Andre is back in Salem….I give up.

On Guiding Light, the most memorable come back was Roger Thorpe who came back after a decade (even though his portrayer Michael Zaslow said he held really, really still a long time on the body reveal to assure they couldn’t).  He’d been shot and fell over a cliff, but was found living as a CIA agent on a tropical island. However, Phillip Spaulding, Alan Spaulding, Beth Raines Spaulding, and Reva Shayne Lewis probably get the Phoenix crowns for coming back from the dead, or at least the assumed dead, multiple times.  A fair sprinkling of other people around town, including Danny Santos, came back from the dead at least once.

At this point returns from the dead are so common than many fans and critics worry about what the concept of “Soap Dead” is doing to the genre. If almost everyone comes back from the dead eventually, how upset can you get when they die? How can you get emotionally invested with the fallout when you’re sure the death isn’t permanent and they will be back among the living? Is “Soap Dead” a flexible answer to casting challenges that help chase ratings or part of the reason not as many people feel the emotional connection to soaps they once did? Stay tuned.

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.

Plot Driven

March 12, 2016

Every Friday night I post a term of soap opera jargon and its definition.

Plot Driven – Also written Plot-Driven. Plot Driven is used as a criticism of soap operas. While most narrative genres are focused on plot like: farm boy finds out family heritage and magic abilities and uses them to blew up evil space station OR retired detective is pulled back into detecting when everyone is set up to think a murdered man is a fat man instead of a thin man. Soap Operas are an exception to this. While plots are important in soap operas more important is the character development and interaction. So when characters are forced to do things out of character or if the focus is on quickly accomplishing plot rather than focused on the characters, that soap is said to be currently plot driven.

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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