SEX ON SOAPS looks at love and lust on television daytime dramas. It’s a must read for any soap fan, student of the genre, or anyone interested in the presentation of sexual content on television.
SEX ON SOAPS is divided into four sections and includes an interactive table of contents so you can easily maneuver to desired section or subsection.
SECTION 1 – SEX ON SOAPS
Enjoying the dual role of soap fan and soap researcher, Matthew W. Grant earned his degree in Mass Communications after completing his thesis, Sex On Soaps which includes original soap opera viewer research and analysis looking at sex on daytime soap operas.
This material examines how sex and its ramifications are presented on daytime television, how men and women perceive sex on soaps differently, and how they think this portrayal affects them. Text in this section of the book utilizes inline citations to the comprehensive soap opera bibliography which contains over 50 sources including soap opera books, media websites, communications journals, and episodes of network soap operas. An annotated version of the original Sex On Soaps Viewer Survey is included in its entirety.
The original version was compiled in 1992. This revised edition includes additional material added in 2006 and 2011.
SECTION 2 – SOAP OPERAS: SILLY SUDS OR SOCIAL CONSCIENCE?
Does your GUIDING LIGHT come from your television screen? Do your friends think your PASSIONS for soap operas are overwhelming?
This essay takes a look at soap opera morality, soap medical storylines, and the way daytime dramas tackle social issues. It concludes with the value of soap operas to society and illustrates why it’s perfectly acceptable to fill your afternoons with some LOVING and let those wonderful soap operas take you away to ANOTHER WORLD.
SECTION 3 – DAYTIME SOAPS TRIVIA
Discover fun facts about your favorite daytime soaps, past and present. Find out the answers to questions such as:
Which two soap operas premiered on the same day and went off the air on the same day?
Which real life twins played the same role (of a character who wasn’t a twin) on the same soap opera at different times?
Which actor, actress, and soap opera won the first Daytime Emmy Awards?
How many times was Susan Lucci of ALL MY CHILDREN nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress before she won her first Daytime Emmy?
Which four NBC soap operas were cancelled on New Year’s Eve?
Who convinced Elizabeth Taylor to guest star at Luke & Laura’s GENERAL HOSPITAL wedding? How?
Which DAYS OF OUR LIVES actress’s mother was once the headwriter of the show?
Which actress from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS had her real-life face-lift broadcast during the show?
SECTION 4 – WELCOME TO SLATERS FALLS
Find out who comes out on top when a dirty cop pulls over a take-no-prisoners bitch on a deserted country road in this bonus short story featuring a crossover storyline with characters from Matthew W. Grant’s novels Secrets Of Slaters Falls and Welcome To Northbridge.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been a life-long fan and student of the soap opera genre. I completed my senior thesis in college for my communications degree on the topic of Sex On Soap Operas. That work and research is incorporated into this book.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The only characters I had to create for this one are those in the bonus fiction short story at the end. Those characters actually appear in other works. The rest of the fun in this book comes from talking about the characters and their exploits on different soaps.
Are DAYS OF OUR LIVES, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and the rest of the daytime soaps filling the afternoon airwaves with sex, lust, sin, and filth? If not, what’s really going on?
Soap operas have been a cultural phenomenon for about eighty years since Irna Phillips created the first radio soap opera called Painted Dreams in the early 1930’s. Since then, there have been literally hundreds of radio soap operas and television soap operas over the years.
Another Phillips’ creation, GUIDING LIGHT, was in continuous production from 1937 until its cancellation in 2009 making it the oldest continuous program of any type in broadcast history. The program originated on radio, later moved to TV and radio at the same time, then ran exclusively on TV, then continued on TV while also being available in a podcast from the CBS website. At the time of its cancellation, it was available on TV and full video online.
Phillips also created other daytime dramas including AS THE WORLD TURNS (56 years on the air) and ANOTHER WORLD (35 years on the air). She is credited as the co-creator of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, which has been on the air since 1965. Irna Phillips was also the creator of numerous radio soaps now relegated to footnotes in broadcast history.
Ever since the first radio script included the words: “SOUND OF KISS – ORGAN MUSIC SWELLS,” sex, or at least the implication of it, has been a constant and inextricable element of soap operas. Today’s soap heroines are no longer required to remain virgins until marriage as their long ago radio counterparts were and the organ music disappeared years ago, but kisses are barely the least of sexual content on today’s soaps.
Matthew W. Grant is the author of several screenplays and novels in various genres including the Slaters Falls series and the Northbridge series.
Publishers Weekly declared Matthew’s novel, Secrets Of Slaters Falls, “Tragicomic deliciousness!” noting that the “Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away.” PW also noted the novel’s balance between “Class-conscious dirty realism and the prurience of nighttime soap operas.”
Secrets Of Slaters Falls achieved semifinalist status in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Matthew’s screenplay adaptation of his novel, Zach’s Secret, was a finalist in a contest sponsored by Script Magazine.
Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Education and Mass Communications earned after his thesis, Sex On Soap Operas, raised eyebrows and pulse rates on campus. His material has appeared on numerous websites and in two newspapers.
Like most writers, prior to writing full time, Matthew paid his dues in diverse corporate positions. He worked as a producer at an AM talk radio station where he interacted with local media celebrities and politicians.
His career progressed to Corporate Training and Corporate Purchasing. He worked for many years at an international Boston based bank in which his media skills were utilized in many ways including creating training manuals, writing/producing/directing/performing in corporate videos, and writing corporate-wide communications.
Later, as an Independent Purchasing Consultant, Matthew consulted for a company that was named to the Inc. 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies twice during his time working with them.
As a resident of New England and a fan of its spectacular fall foliage, Matthew sets many of his works in small New England towns. While they may look picture-perfect on the surface, you can be sure they are teeming with secrets underneath.
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