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Topic # 151947 10-Sep-2014 20:42
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How do people succumb to watching soap operas?
I tried to watch an episode of Neighbours and lost my game after the intro song. What is in it for people? I dont get it.
All old and English people watch coronation street (Thats a given) But the like of Home and Away and other Australian ones.

Does anyone here watch them or known someone whos life is dominated by it? 
E.g: my grandparents never miss an episode of Coronation street. There is no question, If its on its being watched.

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  Reply # 1126106 10-Sep-2014 20:46
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I think it is just habit, you get into the "story" fall in with the characters and it becomes just part of your life. It helps that they go on forever too so you will likely never have to see your favorite soap end. 




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  Reply # 1126107 10-Sep-2014 20:47
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the same way people get into any tv series i'd imagine, something in it sparks their interest.

but my mother will never miss a shortland street episode

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1126108 10-Sep-2014 20:52
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johntynz: the same way people get into any tv series i'd imagine, something in it sparks their interest.

but my mother will never miss a shortland street episode


God not that show.. 
I like breaking bad. It was a good show. Not a never ending life consuming Soap. I also like top gear. But i dont hang myself if i miss an episode.





 


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  Reply # 1126117 10-Sep-2014 21:09
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TimA: How do people succumb to watching soap operas?
I tried to watch an episode of Neighbours and lost my game after the intro song. What is in it for people? I dont get it.
All old and English people watch coronation street (Thats a given) But the like of Home and Away and other Australian ones.

English people watch Australian soaps.
During a recent visit to England, I found Home and Away and Neighbours (and Shortland Street) being broadcast on afternoon TV.
Shortland Street screens in Australia, England, Ireland, Fiji and the Cook Islands.
These programs are obviously highly addictive - but I don't get it either.




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  Reply # 1126118 10-Sep-2014 21:11
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Mrs is watching neighbours now... I'm on my chromebook. Problem solved.

The only tv "series" I do watch is top gear. Other than that, it's movies or docos.
Can't stand things like breaking bad, GoT etc...

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  Reply # 1126127 10-Sep-2014 21:31
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i remember doing shift work years ago and every afternoon they screened Prisoner ,i watched it religiously,  but now im like most people here i dont watch any tv, prefer Documentaries and sport.




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  Reply # 1126146 10-Sep-2014 21:51
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Once you get into the stories you can't miss an episode. My two sisters and cousins watch Shortland Street no matter what. I watched an episode and I had to finish the episode and find out what happens next. If you miss out on an episode it's like missing out on a term of school




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  Reply # 1126165 10-Sep-2014 22:26
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TimA: How do people succumb to watching soap operas?
I tried to watch an episode of Neighbours and lost my game after the intro song. What is in it for people? I dont get it.
All old and English people watch coronation street (Thats a given) But the like of Home and Away and other Australian ones.

Does anyone here watch them or known someone whos life is dominated by it? 
E.g: my grandparents never miss an episode of Coronation street. There is no question, If its on its being watched.

Cheers


I have no idea. I cannot stand them - and they are always seem to be about dreary people, criminals or general weirdos with whom I have nothing in common as far as I can see. Shortland Street makes me want to dig my eyes out with a teaspoon - it's awful. I remember when Neighbours came to the UK - it was a Big Thing for those that like that kind of stuff and the press went on about it for a while.

My MiL almost lives in Coronation Street and visiting her is like going to a foreign country. I try very hard not to go north of Watford Gap in the UK...!

Mind you I have precisely no interest in all this celebutard nonsense that goes on these days either.







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  Reply # 1126167 10-Sep-2014 22:28
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Geektastic:
TimA: How do people succumb to watching soap operas?
I tried to watch an episode of Neighbours and lost my game after the intro song. What is in it for people? I dont get it.
All old and English people watch coronation street (Thats a given) But the like of Home and Away and other Australian ones.

Does anyone here watch them or known someone whos life is dominated by it? 
E.g: my grandparents never miss an episode of Coronation street. There is no question, If its on its being watched.

Cheers


I have no idea. I cannot stand them - and they are always seem to be about dreary people, criminals or general weirdos with whom I have nothing in common as far as I can see. Shortland Street makes me want to dig my eyes out with a teaspoon - it's awful. I remember when Neighbours came to the UK - it was a Big Thing for those that like that kind of stuff and the press went on about it for a while.

My MiL almost lives in Coronation Street and visiting her is like going to a foreign country. I try very hard not to go north of Watford Gap in the UK...!

Mind you I have precisely no interest in all this celebutard nonsense that goes on these days either.




When "Sarah Potts" or whatever her name is died on Shortland Street, it was worse than when someone real died. I do not see how you can get THAT attached to a tv show.




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  Reply # 1126169 10-Sep-2014 22:30
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It's something to do, more routine than anything I think. Most of the time I just get annoyed at how stupid the Shortland Steet characters are. Yet I can't stop watching!

 

 

 

Coronation Street however, never missed an episode in a few years now (only 20 y/o!), it's just too good and I don't even know why. I love it. 


I think it's just personal taste more than anything tho, like I could never stand to watch game of thrones, and I'd rather drop dead than watch Breaking Bad or The Dome or something like that.




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tardtasticx: It's something to do, more routine than anything I think. Most of the time I just get annoyed at how stupid the Shortland Steet characters are. Yet I can't stop watching!   Coronation Street however, never missed an episode in a few years now (only 20 y/o!), it's just too good and I don't even know why. I love it. 


I think it's just personal taste more than anything tho, like I could never stand to watch game of thrones, and I'd rather drop dead than watch Breaking Bad or The Dome or something like that.


What makes you watch it though?
Like what bit interests you? Or you cant explain it and just watch it because its just what you do to fill in 1 hour?




 


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  Reply # 1126187 10-Sep-2014 22:52
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Both my MiL and my mother seem to have a need to have the TV on from the minute they get up.

They are both reasonably old - early 70's - and both live alone apart from their familiars....

I think they must find the silence uncomfortable. Personally I find this odd as I adore silence and would rate it very highly on my needs for a comfortable life. (By silence I do not of course mean total silence - just no human noise like people, phones, kids, traffic etc)





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  Reply # 1126214 11-Sep-2014 03:57
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No idea Tim. My missus has gotten hooked on Shortie Street. God knows why. It's embarrassingly acted and written IMO.




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DarthKermit: No idea Tim. My missus has gotten hooked on Shortie Street. God knows why. It's embarrassingly acted and written IMO.


My sister watched home and away, Luckily i broke the coax cable for the SKY box so not anymore :).




 


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  Reply # 1126227 11-Sep-2014 07:39
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Floyd’s opinion on why people like to watch soaps (based on the odd occasion that I’ve seen an episode):

 

     

  1. It, subconsciously perhaps,  gives people comfort that their own lives are generally happy and uncomplicated in comparison to the sh*t  that the characters on the show go through.
  2. People love to cringe about things they see on telly. ‘Reality’ shows are probably even worse (or better?) for inducing cringe than soaps.




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