My RWA chapter partners are probably tired of hearing me talk about this, but I now have the whole world wide web that hasn’t heard me. Watching General Hospital is one of the best ways to work on characterization and plotting.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. You think I’m crazy. I was never a soap opera watcher until 2001 when Port Charles started with a vampire story. Then I was hooked. Now Port Charles didn’t have the best writing or actors, but by watching it, I found General Hospital. Of course, first the gorgeous men caught my eye, but the story lines and the characters kept me watching. I have to admit I do use the fast forward button (as I work full time and have to record it). That’s only when certain characters are on the screen that I don’t like. But that has to say something about the writing, if it goads me into disliking an actor’s character or the storyline so much.
Look at the characters. You have the dark and brooding mobster, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). He’s got alpha male written all over him. Past baggage galore, a dangerous lifestyle from his "export" business along with a soft heart for his kids and the woman he loves. He demands loyalty at all cost and returns it two-fold. Talks soft and has the type of eyes you could drown in
Then you have his second-in-command, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). He’s alpha male without all the brooding and emotion Sonny easily exudes. Jason will kill when ordered, but uses restraint when needed. He appears cold to the world, but feels more deeply than most realizes.
There are several good looking and interesting males, but I have to mention one of the younger characters. Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher). Oh, my, talk about sexy and making my eyes happy. When he takes off his shirt (required for every soap opera star), I do not move or breathe until he leaves the screen.**DH has to revive me** He has tattoos that I would love to rub off...oops, sorry, got side tracked. His character is alpha male with a little beta but in a good way. He’s a prince, charming (no pun intended), well-bred, and filthy rich. He might not beat up the bad guys with his fists, but he could easily use an epee.
Of course, you’re wanting to know about the plotting. You really need to watch it. The writers often have one or two storylines going that I think I know where it’s going, then POW! they surprise me. Don’t get me wrong. They work at making it believable. But they do occasionally expect the viewer to make a leap of faith. Besides like I said earlier, if I don’t like the storyline, I can always fast forward.
What TV show or movie helped you in your writing?