This week, soap opera tomfoolery took a backseat to real
life tragedy after the school shootings in Connecticut.
For the first time in I don’t know how long, people didn’t
spend the day complaining because ‘General Hospital’ was preempted by news
coverage of the tragedy.
Before Friday, though, I did see some people complaining
about how GH has gotten campy.
Guess what? That’s how most fans like they’re soaps.
We’re not watching soaps because we want to have real world
debates about the crisis in Israel or the imminent fall of the Syrian
governmental regime. We want our super spies to be cheeky like Robert and Anna
and we want our characters to be able to come back from the dead.
Okay, not everyone likes that. I guess it’s just most soap
fans that I know.
I think the reason I have remained loyal to soaps for so
long is because I like the campy nature of them. I would much rather believe
that a person can pretend to be another with a latex mask than watch the real
life travails of a mentally ill man that gunned down elementary school
What I find most interesting about the “campy” argument,
though, is that the people lambasting GH for being campy right now seem to be
fans of the Guza reign of terror.
Essentially, they’re saying mobsters with a hearts of gold
and a rampant narcissist with a God complex are more entertaining than the “campy”
I totally disagree.
Carly, Sonny and Jason were the trio that ate Port Charles.
Every story revolved around them. Every story had ties to them.
I like the balanced approach GH is taking these days. And,
yes, I like the camp.
I was laughing like a mad person when Faison’s face started
What some people seem to forget is that GH spent a lot of
years being campy. The Cassidines tried to freeze the world and Robin made
friends with Casey the Alien, for crying out loud. Those are still better
storylines than Jason saving the town in between mob hits.
That’s not to say everything is perfect, mind you.
Olivia seeing that stupid puppy is getting on my last nerve
and the dastardly DID patient stealing a 12-year-old’s book is ridiculous.
Still, what GH is doing right far outweighs what they’re doing wrong right now.
So, in light of real life tragedy, I guess you could say I
like a little camp. I’d much rather laugh at the latex mask and its hilarious
foibles than cry because 20 six year olds were gunned down while their teachers
fruitlessly tried to protect them from a monster.
What do you think? Do you like the camp on GH or not?