Post by kerouac2 on Mar 22, 2019 20:29:15 GMT
I know that a lot of people are hooked on soap operas. They were designed originally to suck in housewives, but plenty of men watch them although they won't admit it.
The last time I visited my brother and sister-in-law, I discovered that they recorded every episode of General Hospital so that they could watch it at night. They were really worried when I was there (since I was disrupting their schedule a bit) because they were about 6 episodes behind.
I will admit that I had one soap opera summer. I'm not sure if I was still in high school or if I had started college, but I was home for the holidays and my mother and I started watching All My Children in the afternoon. We knew it was a load of crap even though it was the beginning of Susan Sarandon's career. We amused ourselves by having contests for saying the lines before the actors did, since everything was so predictable. But it still pulled us in every day. After that summer, I totally abandoned such amusements because I didn't have a television for the next 6 or 7 years -- neither my university years or my first years in Paris.
Anyway, I avoid such things because I know that they are addictive even when they are bad. However, this year France 2 started a short soap opera right after the evening news (about 12 minutes long) to serve as a buffer before the start of the evening programming. I confess that I watch it, although it doesn't bother me whenever I miss it. I guess I am getting old, though, because I find myself talking to the screen sometimes. "No, you idiot! Don't let the bitch trick you into letting her stay again!" Damn it, he threw her out and then he found her in the street and brought her back. Shit. Nevertheless, now I know that I don't have to pay attention to this particular subplot, because she will wrap the guy around her finger each time. So now I will pay attention to whether the chubby boy will ever dare to kiss the girl he loves, since he loses his nerve every time.
I know that some of you are watching these sorts of ridiculous things. Admit it.