Did your grandmother watch her stories, or your mom her soaps? Mine did. My mom still does. I grew up with the characters from As the World Turns and Guiding Light. I even have a vague childhood memory of Dark Shadows – a wonderfully creepy Gothic soap which included characters like Barnabas Collins, an anti-hero-ish, angsty vampire, werewolves, ghosts, witches, warlocks, time travel and even a parallel universe.
What do soaps know about writing romance?
1. Happily married couples are boring. If a married couple is going to remain front and center, there must be conflict.
2. Men and women thrown together in dangerous, life threatening situations, ultimately give in to their passion.
3. Every pregnancy is unplanned.
4. Even the worst character, The Mustache aside, can be redeemed.
Oh, Sunday’s installment of A Game of Thrones was darkly brilliant!