Are there some stories that are just too sensitive for soap operas to cover? Kate Vernon (Project manager) Jessica Stevens (Researcher) Sean Grossett (Content Creator) Leila Siassipour (Presentation and dissemination)
What is a Soap Opera?
By definition, soap operas are ongoing works of fiction, and episodic in nature.
In Layman’s terms, soap operas are stories told over an extended period, with different characters being featured at different times
‘ An inaccurate, insensitive and sensationalised portrayal’
‘ Inappropriately scheduled in a pre-watershed time slot’
Regulators said – ‘as there were a number of events which led Ronnie to swap the baby, there was sufficient editorial context to justify the storyline’.
A manner of being extremely controversial, loud or attention grabbing. When choosing to report heavily on stories with shock value or attention grabbing names or events, rather than reporting on more pressing issues to the general public.
Hierarchy of needs http://slamscreen.com/2011/09/23/5-ingredients-of-a-truly-great-film/
Jana Bennett, BBC
‘ The show is absolutely not suggesting that this behaviour is typical of a mother who has suffered such a terrible and tragic loss’
‘ A bereaved mother has been portrayed as deranged and unhinged’ . (05.01.11)
Younger target audiences may not find it as shocking
Initially panned by television critics and was subject to adverse press attention BUT was more popular with teenage audiences Aired in 1990’s Are sensitive stories subject to the soap opera they are aired on? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollyoaks
Do some storylines do more good than bad? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollyoaks http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s13/hollyoaks/news/a136792/hollyoaks-honoured-with-mental-health-award.html http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s13/hollyoaks/spoilers/a190256/2721-kathleen-arrives-in-the-village.html http://www.youtube.com/user/bekbek93/videos
‘ If a single viewer gets help as a result of this storyline then it would have been worthwhile’
Shows the harsh realities of the disorder http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1265150/Hollyoaks-starlet-Emma-Rigby-vamps-superhero-style.html
Conclusion YES! Some are too sensitive Does raise awareness for such controversial issues http://www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk/2011/09/16/personality-factors-that-might-put-a-young-person-at-risk-of-developing-an-eating-disorder/