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Soaps for Tomorrow

Soaps for Tomorrow

Media Fans Making Online Drama from Celebrity Gossip

(p.233) Soaps for Tomorrow
The Survival of Soap Opera
Abigail De Kosnik
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explains how media fans have begun constructing their own soap-like narratives out of non-fiction material—specifically celebrity gossip—in order to satisfy their desire for serialized melodramatic narrative. The discussions include the family resemblance between soaps and gossip; how celebrity gossip sites instill a sense of neighborhood participation and ensemble interaction; and the sense of collectivity media audiences derive from producing and consuming celebrity gossip.

Keywords:   soap operas, daytime television, serialized melodramatic narrative

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