The Soap Opera Generation

“Patayin niyo nalang ako! Wala naman kayong pakialam sakin!

Those were the words I woke up on Wednesday morning, wailed by my 9-year old niece. Is she just being overly imaginative and dramatic or is this the result of watching too much soap operas?

We don’t subscribe to cable tv, because there’s too many kids in the house addicted to the TV even without cable. Unforunately, if you’re going to watch local TV all day, 80% of what you’ll be watching are soap operas.

From Anna Luna to Mara Clara, Days of our Lives to Sunset Beach, Marimar to Maria la del Barrio, Meteor Garden to Full House, soap operas in Philippine TV has not only crossed borders but also generations and genres. From the usual drama, there’s some with hints of comedy and (no) thanks to GMA-7, fantaseryes.

What is it about soaps that appeal to us Pinoys anyway? Is it some sort of morbid fascination of watching how people live (despite these lives being fake and made up), that triggers the ususero inside every Pinoy?

In any case, I doubt if they’re going away anytime soon. But I better not hear my neice utter similar words again in the future. Specially when I’ve just woken up.

4 Comments so far

  1. kyameel (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 2:47 pm

    yes. 80%. They covered most of the morning, afternoon and primetime spots in weekdays. and before lunch during weekends.


    no rest from such i guess.

  2. Amanda (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 5:57 pm

    The answer lies in Jessica Zafra’s Twisted series.

    I think it was Twisted III.


  3. nina (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 10:21 pm

    the only thing i can remember from the twisted series is her ingeneous plot for world domination, hehe. you have twisted 3? borrow? swap with twisted 6 or 7 :D

  4. Amanda (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 10:28 pm

    She talks about world domination in every book, lol.

    I’ve got Twisted 1 – 7… I could lend them to you as soon as Ain and Anna D. finish reading them.

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