Currently, on the official PGP/ATWT Board, a user has put up a poll: Do you like baby storylines?
As of this writing, almost twice as many people have voted "no," as "yes."
Now, personally, I happen to like baby and kid stories. I like babies, I like kids. My 1980 intro to watching daytime may have been (cliche alert) Luke and Laura, but I still remember the Monica/Alan/Rick/Alan Jr. story that was running concurrently just as vividly.
Over the years I've enjoys James and Barbara's battle over Paul ATWT), the friendship of pre-teens Michelle, Bill and Ben (GL), Edmund, Maria and Kelsey's struggle over little Sam (AMC), the four L-named (Leslie, Lance, Lori, Lucas) parents of Brooks Prentiss (Y&R), the Mary Vernon/Mary Karr baby-switch of OLTL, among others. (About the only kid story I could never stomach was GH's Robin, and that was because every character on the canvas was so busy showering her with love, adoration and disproportionate worship, I figured she didn't need me).
But there is a subset of baby/kid storylines that I can not watch anymore. The Dead Baby subset.
Don't get me wrong: I loved BJ's heart (GH), Edmund's fire (Ryan's Hope), and the three dead tot Johnnys of ATWT, AMC and Loving (note to self: don't name baby Johnny, it doesn't seem to end well).
But that was all before I had kids of my own.
My oldest son was born at roughly the same time as Jessica lost little Megan on OLTL and Amber her unnamed son on B&B. And suddenly, watching a mother grieve for her child just wasn't my definition of That's Entertainment.
Since then, no matter how well done they may have been, I haven't been able to bring myself to view parents lose their child, be it real: Emily and Gwen on ATWT, Cassie on GL, or presumed: Rosanna and Jennifer on ATWT, Lizzie on GL, Bianca on AMC. (A few years ago, my husband told me he was saving DVDs of Anna and David on AMC mourning Leora because they were good and I would want to watch them someday. I haven't yet).
Daytime's most coveted demographic is women 18-34. Many of those women, I presume, have children.
So my question to you today is: Do you like dead baby stories? Are you a mother yourself? Did you find your opinion changed when you had children? And if you don't have children, how do you feel about those stories?
Let me know in the Comments below!