December 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm #178DeeLanParticipant
I’ve figured out how they come up with storylines on DOOL. I’m not a professional writer so bear with me a little.
The writers are sitting at a table.
Higley: OK. They just hired Crystal Chappel to come back to the show. How do we fit her in, what’s her reason for returning? Jim, you get to throw the dart at the board today and see what comes up.
Jim throws a dart and it lands on " looking for Bo’s help"
Higley: Good, but why does she need Bo’s help? Elaine, your turn to throw the dart.
Elaine turns to another board and tosses. It lands on, long lost daughter.
Higley: Good. Who wants to throw the next dart to see who that daugher will be?
Bob grabs a dart and aims at the board of younger characters. It lands somewhere between Mia and Melody.
Higley: OK. Now what do we do? Hey, I’ve got it. We’ll write in a way that makes it look like either of them could be her daughter.
Elaine: But, we already know who Melody’s family is, we can’t change history.
Everyone looks at Elaine and gasps.
Higley: Elaine I know you’re new here but you have a LOT to learn about writing for a Soap Opera. History is irrelevant. History is what we make it. The darts have spoken. We can’t change what the darts say. Why confuse the viewers with history. They don’t remember what happened yesterday much less last year or 40 years ago. Why do you think we have a 50 flashback clause for every script.
Everyone bows their heads in shame.December 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm #9005mommytutuParticipant
That’s as good a theory as any. It’s either that or a consultation with the Magic 8 Ball.December 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm #9007SWParticipant
I’m kidding, I guess you meant Melanie? As to changing history on Melanie: I don’t think they really needed to do that as we never learned who Melanie’s mother was to begin with. The only ones that were connected to her were Max (believed to be her half-brother) and Trent (? I think that was his name who was supposed to be Max’s biological father). Since Trent never acted very fatherly to her, it isn’t much of stretch to believe that Lawrence gave him the girl as a baby. If I remember the story, Trent made her get money for them and it sounded like she was prostituted to do it. Other than Nicole’s father or some other lowlife, what real father would do that to their daughter? It would make a lot more sense that he wasn’t her biological father and just pretended to be and used her for his own purposes. Carly also didn’t seem to like the "him" that her daughter was given to.December 30, 2009 at 8:58 pm #9010DeeBabyParticipant
THAT WAS INCREDIBLY FUNNY!!!! I DO BELIEVE YOU HAVE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WITH THAT ONE. I CAN’T IMAGINE THE WRITER’S MEETINGS GOING ANY OTHER WAY!!!December 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm #9013BonbonParticipant
Oh, DeeLan, you are probably closer to the truth than you think. That was very funny.December 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm #9014PattiParticipant
otherwise, how would you know that’s probably exactly how stories are written. Clever and witty…that’s what you are, DeeLan! Now THAT was good writing! (LOL)December 31, 2009 at 2:03 am #9018Ms. JakeParticipant
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