Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter
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Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter

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Forget everything you've heard about the daytime soap opera going the way of the old Betamax tapes that were used to record them. The style and influence of the afternoon serial resonate in every existing dramatic entertainment and reality show, as the soaps continue to engross and entertain millions of viewers around the world every single day. In Afternoon Delight: Why S...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Brian (first published May 11th 2011)
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Delightful! I’m nothing if not a sucker for all things backstage gossipy!

It’s no secret to anyone that I’ve been watching The Soap Opera since I was in the womb. Pretty sure my mom went into labor watching General Hospital. I was 9 years old when Grandpa (yeah, you read that right, Grandpa) introduced me to Days of Our Lives. And remember when Natalie was stuck in a well on All My Children!? Best summer TV ever! I haven’t watched soaps religiously through all of the years, I admit, but they sti...more
Mar 03, 2012 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
A lot of Hinsey's opinion (which I don't always agree with), decent background info, and some shaky "facts." Hinsey states that ABC has always owned its own soaps. Although this is true in recent years, it was not always the case. Just off the top of my head Dark Shadows was a Dan Curtis Production while All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital were owned by their respective creators for many years. Hinsey also has difficulty differentiating between networks and affiliates.
Lisa Pettit
Very good insight into the history of soap operas and information about the present day soaps. The stories were interesting to read and love the praise and support for the genre. However, I do wish the author would not have referenced a few possibilities of things that would never be done on soaps as since this book was published a few have occurred such as the storyline with Will/Gabby/Arianna Grace on Days of Our Lives. A must read for soap opera fans.
Stephanie Sabatelli
Great quick read for the soap opera fan. It gives great insight from someone in the business on the history of soaps and why they are so beloved. Carolyn also gives her opinions on how to revive this genre and takes networks to task for taking the easy, cheap way out instead of actually attempting to cater to viewers and not their own bottom line.
Wonderful book telling the story of soaps and how they came to be. Ms Hinsey gives insightful options on how to save the genre. You can always tell the she loves the shows.
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