What with one thing and another, I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog discussing interactions I’ve had with the amazing people who made Soap, but I haven’t really discussed the book itself all that much. I’d like to rectify that now, if I may.
Early on, I knew that I didn’t want this to be just another “making of” book, though it will definitely have a great deal of behind-the-scenes info on how the series was made, based on several exclusive interviews. Yet the more research I do and the more people I speak with, the more I realize that to do Soap justice, its creation must be set in the context of the time in which it was made. That’s just what Soap! The Inside Story… will do. That’s really the only way to understand the risks cast and crew were taking each week, and why they were taking them in the first place.
While critics have always been quick to dismiss those risks as a mad grab at ratings, Soap was not created in a vacuum. Many of its story lines and character choices were direct responses to what was going on at the time in the U.S., and in U.S. television; to divorce the show from its influences is to dismiss a part of American history, and ultimately, is to be left none the wiser about the forces that shape us.