In my pre-teen and early teen years I was absolutely obsessed with soap operas. I watched Days of our Lives, Another World and Santa Barbara, much to my mother's annoyance. I would set the VCR timer each day for my shows, hoping my dad would not turn it off, something he was prone to do if my bed wasn't made or some other such infraction. I went each week to pick up the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest from the grocery store and would nerdily try to write down actual dialogue while watching the shows.
I was delighted when Soaps and Serials published books each month retelling each soap's story from Day One. I read - and still have- all the books put out about Days of Our Lives. Most of the plots I already knew of because of my obsession and reading about my favorite soap opera. To me the residents of Salem seemed real, like good friends. Every once in a while I've caught a glimpse of Days of Our Lives since my high school days (Another World and Santa Barbara have long been off the air), and I will admit to how cheesy and unrealistic I think these shows now are. But back then I was totally into these shows and the various super couples: Bo and Hope, Kim and Shane, Steve and Kayla, and Roman and Marlena.