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To ask for your most hated/annoying things that happens in Soaps?

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MissionItsPossible Thu 07-Dec-17 16:55:12

I started listing these in a "things that annoy you" thread and I thought of so many I thought I'd make my own.

Soaps. I can watch them and be entertained by them but the characters stupidity and predictability in the storylines annoy me sometimes! Let me count the ways:

1. Most people, when having a secret conversation, try to keep things discreet like "don't mention what I told you earlier, ok"? Not in soapland. It's "don't tell anyone that I slept with my ex husband in his new wife's bed last month and now I'm pregnant with his child, ok?" Cut to new wife hiding behind door, listening to everything, plotting revenge.

2. Character claims to be poor and jobless and they are depressed. Next thing you know they're in the bloody pub or at the cafe having some tea and cake. Thought you were skint!?

3. "Have it on the house". I must say I'd love to know where all these friendly freebie-giving establishments are in real life because the only time I've been offered something for free is when I've had a bottle of wine accidentally knocked over me by the waiter. Staff in soap land are always giving stuff away free, even when they've only worked there five minutes!

4. So self-absorbed. (Think of Janine in EastEnders for this scenario). How come is it that she can set someone up for a crime and they are ranting and raving in the Queen Vic as the police bustle them out, screaming abuse at Janine and not one person sees that sly, evil look she always gives and think it suspicious? Also, whilst we're on the subject of Janine (and other baddies) why is it that when someone has seemingly pulled off a crime that is completely out of character for them, and they are blaming Janine, nobody stops to think "Hang on a minute, maybe this character is telling the truth and it actually is Janine, the woman who says and does bitchy and nasty things on a daily basis"?

5. Characters just "decide" they are going to move to America or Australia. Erm, no, you cannot just do that, it takes ages to sort out! And when they do move their whole life fits into one suitcase.

6. "I've got something really important to tell you. Meet me at the pub later". Two things: One: Which pub? What time? Two: Er, no, this really important thing is not waiting until we're at the pub later, you will tell me this instant"!

Please add your own and yes this is lighthearted.

Zaphodsotherhead Thu 07-Dec-17 16:58:36

My most annoying thing is actions in soapland being reported in newspapers and women's magazines as though they were real. Newspaper sidebars like 'Darren killed for what he knew...' (just for eg, I don't know any real storylines) and it's not NEWS it's a bloody soap! And there are entire magazines devoted to soap plotlines! Why no magazines devoted to plotlines from novels? Makes just as much sense..'Will Cathy see through Heathcliffe?'

KinkyAfro Thu 07-Dec-17 17:13:07

How easy they get jobs and how easy they get somewhere to live

Fishfingersandwichnocheese Thu 07-Dec-17 17:15:45

When they leave “for good” with just once suitcase.

The amount of people they can cram into one house. Remember the slaters ? They were all living there at one point - 8 of them wasn’t it ?

That they can sneak people in and out of houses for sex and no one notices. I hear my neighbors come home from work let alone someone coming through my own front door.

TonicAndTonic Thu 07-Dec-17 17:17:08

Never actually eating their food!

Auvergne Thu 07-Dec-17 17:18:54

Gary Windass.
Faye Windass
Anna Windass.
Gemma from Coronation Street bellowing like a stuck bull because she’s poor, and poor people do that.

19lottie82 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:23:56

The fact that you can never do anything bad and get away with it!

user1489589714 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:24:17

Legal stuff - one character decides to buy the other's house/pub/shop. Next day the buyer is in said house/pub/shop as if its theirs already. Paperwork takes ages to organise irl!

Supposed secrecy - One character takes another aside to another part of a tiny house and the other people in the house are not supposed to be able to hear their conversation!

Baddies are always in the right place at the right time.

Bringbackpublicfloggings Thu 07-Dec-17 17:26:12

When they're all sat in the pub, who is looking after the kids?

Intercom Thu 07-Dec-17 17:29:48

The limited range of facial expressions and the clearly fake local accents, as if there are no possible actors with the authentic accent.

Annabelle4 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:31:10

The fact that they have babies and young children but still manage such a social life; coffees at lunch time and drinks down the pub that night.

Affairs that are Christmas bust up storyline but all is forgotten about in a few weeks.

How they all fit in 3 bed Semi's, e.g. the Platt's. wasn't there Gail, Sarah & Bethany, Sarah's baby, David, Kylie, Max and Lily living all living there at one point?

ShowerGel9 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:32:18

how they have shit loads of cash in their purse/wallet

How cups of tea are obviously empty takes 1 second to dial someone on their phone and then the person answers in 0.5 seconds

MakeMisogynyAHateCrime Thu 07-Dec-17 17:32:52

“Pint of non-specific”

maddiemookins16mum Thu 07-Dec-17 17:33:17

Every meal in the cafe, or even buying a coffee to take to work from the cafe when your house is across the street/square.

Suddenly going on a holiday to say Crete (and clubbing at that) in the middle of February (never in a million years).

There was a newborn prem baby on Doctors yesterday, 10 days old, four top teeth and at least 7 months old!!

ShowerGel9 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:34:34

and. How the pictures in heir house are always of a mug shit of one person.

There are never any pictures of say a family sat round a table having a meal

JessieMcJessie Thu 07-Dec-17 17:34:37

The first sign of being pregnant is always dramatic morning sickness.

Getting pregnant after only one shag.

ShowerGel9 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:37:16

omg mug SHOT grin

Worldsworstcook Thu 07-Dec-17 17:40:38

The fact that EVERYTHING, absolutely EVERYTHING has to be debated, deceminated, argued and analysed. Whatever happened to letting things pass, ignoring things and people, letting things slide and turning the other cheek.

I swear this is my belief, Eastenders is responsible for the demise of society in the uk today. And have you ever noticed that people who act in these dreary soaps, like Lacey (think that's her name) go on to develop the droopy downturned mouths and faces in real life? You can play a negative character for suck a long period without it spilling over into RL.

Santasbigredbobblehat Thu 07-Dec-17 17:43:48

How anyone on eastenders can afford to live in those houses. I saw an article that said if they were real, they’d cost over a million to buy.

Also, no one in eastenders works anywhere else in London, that massive city of jobs.

Always loads of people living in one house.

U2HasTheEdge Thu 07-Dec-17 17:44:24

Yesterday the baby in Corrie was meant to be sick and fitting.

He had a lovely little grin on his face and looked happy as Larry!

No one seems to have heard of benefits. Kat and Alfie spring to mind when they had financial difficulties.

MissionItsPossible Thu 07-Dec-17 17:47:32

Loving these grin Keep them coming!

Doctors (yes, you, Karl from Neighbours) who treat absolutely everyone and everything.

People leaving their passwordless laptops open on the last site they were on like

MissionItsPossible Thu 07-Dec-17 17:48:27

Yes to the lack of benefits. Especially if to make ends meet they turn to prostitution or drug dealing. Surely you would do that as a very very very last resort!

Auvergne Thu 07-Dec-17 17:49:39

When someone proposes it generally means they are seconds away from an untimely and quite unexpected death!

Migraleve Thu 07-Dec-17 17:53:38

Bringing people back from the dead has to be the worst thing that ever happened on soap. I blame the Americans.

kierenthecommunity Thu 07-Dec-17 17:54:22

Getting pregnant after only one shag

And miscarrying after some dramatic event like a fall. No one just loses a baby it’s always because something has caused it.

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