Daily Prompt: Being Amazing!

You have three hundred words to justify the existence of your favorite person, place, or thing. Failure to convince will result in it vanishing without a trace. Go!

Hollyoaks. What’s not to love? For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Hollyoaks is a British TV soap opera and is, in my opinion, the best out of all of them. Full of dramatic, unrealistic storylines, over-the-top characters and perhaps the best intro title sequence ever made (and updated on an almost monthly basis due to the amount of cast coming and going) you couldn’t ask for anything more from such a programme.

There are, of course, a wide variety of storylines to suit everyone’s taste. From Grandad serial killers to perhaps some of the cutest gay couple romances ever to be witnessed, viewers are spoilt for choice. Recently, there was even a plot involving incest between two twins. You want it? Hollyoaks have got it.

Then there’s the characters. I’ve split them up into three categories – firstly, there are the Faves. The Faves (being quite self-explanatory) are characters that every viewer has fallen in love with. No matter how hard you try to dislike the character, no matter what crimes they have committed or what they have done, it is impossible to stop loving them. An example of this was a certain character named Brendan Brady. In short, he was an intimidating gay Irishman who owned a nightclub and punched people a lot. And killed people a lot. He also had a relationship with another Fave, Ste Hay, and the pair were fondly referred to as Stendan. Unfortunately, this ended when Brendan was sentenced to life imprisonment for all the murders he had committed. His and Ste’s final scene was a real tearjerker.

Characters in the second category are called the Hated. Again, very self-explanatory. They are the characters who, no matter how hard the screenwriters try to make us empathise with them, viewers hate. They are annoying, selfish and usually have high-pitched voices.

Finally there are the In-betweens. These are the characters who you can love one week and absolutely despise the next. There are quite a few of these in Hollyoaks.

There we have it – a quick overview of Hollyoaks. Perhaps I’m being biased, but a shot of Hollyoaks every week is sure to brighten up anyone’s day – or at least make you feel slightly better about your problems.



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