Hi Mara. I enjoyed this feaure in the new issue and reading the point/counterpoint, and normally I agree with you on almost everything except your feeling on Supercouples. Supercouples have been a staple of soap opera since they began. We all rooted for the Luke/Laura's; the Jack/Jennifer's, etc, etc. A good majority of fans become connected to a show because of a particular couple. Though I do understand that this is soap and couples have to be broken up from time to time and tested with others, I do not believe that the writers have trouble writing for them, I think it's just that they don't want to. That old saying of "Married couples are boring couples" is alive on daytime and that's because no writer wants to change it. There are plenty of storyline ideas I can think of off the top of my head that they can do, but they don't seem to want to make an attempt to create any.
I find it hard to agree that fans need to be open to their favorite couple moving on especially when that particular couple isn't given a fair shot and their fans are continually jerked around. Case in point, Jack and Erica. We Jerica fans have waited a long time for this couple to finally tie the knot. We went through all the engagements, breakups, other partners, etc, etc, etc, for 18 years before we FINALLY got the wedding of our dreams in 2005. Instead of the writers giving us at least a year or two of a somewhat happy and actual marriage, McTavish and others set right out to rip them apart not 10 minutes after the honeymoon. Erica was already living outside of their home and involved with boring blob Jeff Martin before the ink was dry on the marriage license. The divorce was final a year later. I can't be happy about that nor do I want them to move on. IF AMC had given us a year or two of an actual marriage than I would understand if they wanted to shake them up (I wouldn't like it but I would understand it ) but how are we supposed to be happy when we are continually disappointed by this show? IT's not fair and it's not fair for TPTB to think we would be happy to see them with others. A couple with the history of J/E and the fans that have been loyal to them, deserve a heck of a lot more than that. That's all I wanted to say and thanks for letting me speak my peace You have been very kind and attentive to our couple over the years and we are very appreciative of that. You have also been extremely kind to our big guy Walt and that means even more. Thanks.
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