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Why do people watch soaps?

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Why do people watch soaps? Soaps are a genre of T.V programme based on real life situations and feature regular characters which viewers feel they can relate to. Each soap is shown at least thrice weekly and are ongoing. The storylines vary but are based in the same place for every episode, for example, 'Eastenders' is based in a fictional place called Walford. Most soaps are based in a fictional place but that fictional place is based in a real place like 'Coronation Street' is based in Weatherfield which is in Manchester and 'Eastenders' in Walford which is in the east end of London. Originally soaps were created to listen to on the radio for women in America to listen to whilst their husbands were working. They were usually by a soap company which is why the name 'Soaps' is used to describe that particular genre of TV programme. Today, soaps are created for the majority of society. They have a character to suit everyone whether it be teenager or O.A.P. ...read more.


Viewers would want to know what happened to both victims and if the passenger that was unconscious survived and the only way to do that is to watch the next episode. The audience would recognise the soap if they got shown a picture of a meeting place featured in the soap. This is why the setting needs to be regular. The audience watch it in the same place every week and become familiar with it all. Most soaps are based in a fictional place usually in a real place like 'Emmerdale' is based in 'Emmerdale' in Yorkshire. People will enjoy watching how the producers convey how they live in a soap based where they live also. The soap is usually set in a compact site. Everything is close together and if a regular viewer of the soap was placed in the area it was set then they would undoubtedly be able to find their way around and where everything is, including meeting places. The meeting place of a soap is where the characters are usually seen together. ...read more.


If you don't watch soaps you are less likely to have something to talk about with colleagues or friends where as if you do it can always be brought up as an interesting topic of conversation. By watching soaps people can forget their own problems and enjoy nosing into someone else's. It could be described as a sort of escapism. As more and more soaps are introduced the more popular they become and harder to avoid. The new soap, 'Night and Day' could be used as an example. People watch them for all sorts of reasons and things like, the way they deal with real life issues, use realistic characters that people feel they can relate to, how they always keep you in suspense at the end of an episode, the way they deal with more than one storyline to keep people interested, how people can escape to them and forget their own problems for a while, whilst getting the assurance from the soap that other people are much worst and finally how it is a much talked about topic and if an episode is missed you will be an outcast from the conversation. You cant afford not to watch soaps! ...read more.

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