Before the deluge of smack down emails begin, just let me tell you what the title of this blog entry is NOT suggesting: I am not suggesting that Hope and Wyatt will save daytime, the BnB, Kittens stuck in trees, shoes tossed carelessly over electrical wires or the sun from burning out in another 6 billion years.
There. Done. Said it.
Then why is HOTT so important? Here goes. This couple adds balance and daytime, in general, has lost the art of telling a balanced story. In a panicked and desperate ploy to win new fans, soaps became wilder than necessary and sadly disjointed: multiple returns from the dead in new faces and old faces, supernatural storylines, unaborted children, crossovers that didn’t work, dumping damn near a full cast to replace them with characters long term fans didn’t know or care about.
In that manic phase, more soaps were lost. The shows no longer with us were those, in my opinion, that strayed too far from the long term soap audience. They were unrecognizable. Of those that have survived, only the Bold and the Beautiful seems to have decided to build a new supercouple from the ground up. It’s not that fans really want something new. Fans seem to want what they once had, just told in a new way. I see that in Hope and Wyatt.
Balance: Hope and Wyatt start with a clean slate
Unlike Hope and Liam, Hope and Wyatt have no notable old lovers, broken hearts, or hurt feelings based on infidelity (or near infidelity) to rip them apart. In a prior blog I wrote and stand by the statement that:
Hope, for the first time in a long time laughed, she did it without looking over her shoulder, or out of the corner of her eyes for the shadow that was always hovering around her. She smiled, without a hit of irony or using her smile as a means of putting on a brave face. She embraced a man without checking for the scent of another woman, or hairs there weren’t his. She looked into his eyes and didn’t see the reflection of someone else.
When Wyatt looks at Hope, he sees HOPE, he loves HOPE, his desire is for HOPE. Not having sex with Hope doesn’t make her a child in his eyes. Not having sex with her doesn’t make other women more desirable to him. He has a passion for Hope that I find to be kind, gentle and refreshing.
With all of the meet-cute and play-cute scenes they’ve pulled off, who knew that they could also pull off a smoking #HOTT love scene? I don’t know about you, but I blushed a little. It was nice watching that scene, knowing that the moment we witnessed was about Hope and Wyatt, and no on else. This couple will have other challenges – the Hope Diamond issue, for example, for now at least.
Balance: Hope and Wyatt don’t have to hurt each other or betray others to be together
It’s nice to have a couple that doesn’t have to sneak around, or worry about facing the partner they’re betraying just to be together. Unlike Liam, Hope broke things off, first, before moving on. As much as I despise Brooke and Bill together, what made them an even worse (er, sleazier) choice of couple is that they had to hide out at home to avoid the negative press. Hope and Wyatt remind me of the old Brooke and Ridge, who stood in front of cameras together and were celebrated for the love they shared.
This relationship is a step up for Hope, who felt she had to sacrifice her principles (and virginity) to keep Liam interested in her. Hope had publicly proclaimed her desire to maintain her virginity until marriage. Rather than applaud it and support her, she was taunted by Steffy, dismissed by Bill, and treated as if she offered Liam nothing but regret and frustration. No hiding in the shadows for Hope and Wyatt.
Sex is the icing on the cake. The cake is the friendship they established before sex. Wyatt, as written, loved her without ever touching her. I may sound like my own grandmother (God love her) but how often are daytime shows giving us romance with clothes on these days?
Balance: Long chases, Longer embraces
As Katie and Brooke battle it out regarding Brooke’s ability to easily fall in and out of love, watching Wyatt and Hope, I realize how much I have missed the chase in a romantic storyline. If feels as if Wyatt and Hope have known each other forever, and that the relationship between them has grown organically.
I have missed the passion that grows and grows until the time is right for BOTH partners.
I have missed the definition of romance that has nothing to do with what a woman gives, what she wears, what tricks she’ll perform (Steffy) to make a man happy.
I have missed the definition of romance in daytime that includes allowing both partners to be accomplished and have an equal voice, not a romance that feeds the ego of her partner and requires her to excuse his actions, even if those actions include him inflicting immeasurable pain on those she loves (Brooke and Bill).
I have missed the definition of romance that allows the female romantic lead to just be a happy person. She embraces her life and is not a femme fatale on a mission to destroy the woman involved with the man she’s obsessed with (Caroline and Rick! Sorry, but I have yet to let go of the comments Caroline made to Maya. I was never a Rick-Maya fan, but Caroline hit below the belt, raised it and hit some more).
I didn’t know just how much I missed those things until HOTT came along. I don’t think it’s true that a happy couple is a boring one. Good writers make happy couples interesting in ways that have nothing to do with infidelity. Given the course of this couple has taken, starting out, I hope they’re among that group of supercouples who bring love and adventure to a show. I hope the writers will leave the circus worthy romances to the rest of BnB’s partner swappers!
What about you?
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