OK, don't make fun of me but I started watching The Vampire Diaries. I got the first 3 seasons from the library (I couldn't stand it with commercial interruptions) and I've watched the first 2. When I was younger some of my girlfriends were really into Dark Shadows. I couldn't stand it (then or now, I dug one up from the library to show my son when the Johnny Depp movie came out and it was still awful). My mom was a Days of Our Lives addict. I was embarrassed for her. And in college I remember being appalled that one TV cove at lunch was filled with women watching some soap opera while another cove was filled with men watching sports. It was bizarro world. That was during my 'proud to not own a TV' years. So I don't know what possessed me to watch this series, I think it's because I've become more and more interested in stories, fiction, sci fi, not every genre mind you, just ones I think might have something about story telling I can learn from. I began contemplating the never ending story aspect of a soap opera. It's so different from a novel. And here I am pondering aloud about it. Is it forever satisfying while one enjoys the vicarious fantasy? I wonder if people eventually just get tired of the fact it never ends and abandon whatever last hook they were left with? I imagine at some point the plot repetitions just don't feel original anymore no matter how involved various story lines become. Anyone have any of their own musings re these never ending plots? Note to mods: feel free to move this to a different subforum if I've not chosen wisely.