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Wed
Jul 15 2015 9:30am

A Vacation at Your Desktop: Fall in Love with Telenovelas

There exists an amazing world in which passion reigns supreme and the extraordinary is almost commonplace. The men are (mostly) eye-searingly handsome and the women are (usually) preternaturally gorgeous, and they have their adventures (and what amazing adventures they have!) amidst scenery of astonishing natural beauty.

The downside of this charmed existence is that abduction is commonplace, as are forgery, poisoning, embezzlement, faked paternity test results, faked property records, faked wills, and even murder most foul. Motherhood is a particularly fraught enterprise: it’s not unusual for one’s newborn to be fraudulently switched with another infant from the opposite end of the socioeconomic spectrum, and if one is blessed with twins—as are an unusually high percentage of new mothers—it’s a safe bet that the twins will be separated, possibly until they’re old enough to unknowingly vie for the love of the same woman (or man). The good news is that when someone dies, they don’t usually stay dead for very long, unless someone gets tossed over the edge of a cliff into the ocean or something—and even then, the erstwhile killer would be well advised to make sure that their intended victim isn’t an unusually strong swimmer.

[Welcome to the world of latin telenovelas...]

Mon
Mar 16 2015 1:00pm

You Can Call Me Queen B: Succession, Sex, and Excess in The Royals

Family Portrait of The Royals E! threw its hat into the scripted soap ring with last night's premiere of The Royals, with fair to middling (not to be confused with 'Middleton') results. The Royals centers on England's scandal-riddled sitting royal family, led by Elizabeth Hurley's Queen Helena and Vincent Regan's King Simon. William Moseley plays Prince Liam, a sweet young prince with a healthy ego and an equally healthy libido, while his twin, Alexandra Park's Eleanor, is a party girl princess. Of course bodyguards shadow every single one of their antics—which viewers are treated to right out of the gate. Eleanor in particular puts on quite a show. Booze! A little coke and dancing on the bar! Crotch shots! And Princess Eleanor's lack of panties hitting the tabloids is far from the family's biggest problem when eldest child and heir to the throne Robert dies under mysterious circumstances. “Hey. This sucks, huh?” Eleanor sighs to her surviving brother in a ginormous understatement.

[Perhaps she shouldn't be Princess Eleanor, but Captain Obvious...]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 5:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Soap Night with Paevy, James, Scott, and More!

Ryan PaevyAre you a Soap Opera fan? We notice everyday our followers tweeting about General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and many more! We then asked our followers for recommendations on their hottest and most favorite Soap Opera stars. What are your favorite soaps? What do you love about them?

Without further ado, here is this week's Beefcake: Soap Opera Edition.

[This week on Beefcake...]

Fri
Mar 7 2014 3:00pm

Soap Operas, Romance Novels, and Tropes, Oh My! Why We Love Them All

Today we're joined by author Jennifer Ryan, whose latest release, The Return of Brody McBride, is out now. Brody does indeed return after eight years, only to find there's more waiting for him than he thought—and he's got a lot of work to make it right! Jennifer is here to talk about what makes the well-loved tropes in soap operas and romance novels so, well...well-loved! Thanks, Jennifer.

Let's face it, soap operas, romance novels, and tropes are just good fun. They make you laugh and cry, root for the guy to get the girl, and above all, believe that no matter what happens, love wins out in the end.

Soap operas and romance novels keep us riveted to the emotional intensity. The ups and downs the characters go through to be together. We love that initial spark that builds each time the couple sees each other until it ignites into something more than a flirtation and turns into a relationship. But will it last?

Watchers and readers alike stay tuned because they can't help themselves. They are as drawn to the couple as the two are drawn to each other. They feel the characters' connection and they want to be a part of the romance and drama. They enjoy guessing what will happen next, and get a thrill when the plot twists and something happens they didn't expect. They are invested in the couple, glued to their TV, or turning the page, hungry for more because they have to know: Will it all work out?

[It's gotta, right...]