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#810988 - Thu Jul 26 2012 03:05 PM Soaps vs "proper" drama
darksplash Offline

Registered: Sat Nov 03 2007
Posts: 504
Loc: Tyrone
Northern Ireland UK 
I've always been struck by the way some people turn their noses up at soap operas; decrying how 'inferior' they are to 'proper' drama series.
Yet, here in the UK, one thing I have noticed is that in soaps such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale the actors have clear and easily heard diction; yet in 'proper' drama I have to turn the volume up and listen really hard to understand what the actors are muttering.

Edited by darksplash (Thu Jul 26 2012 03:05 PM)
There are just two types of people in this world, those who hear the music and those who don't.

#835464 - Tue Oct 30 2012 03:35 PM Re: Soaps vs "proper" drama
Jazmee27 Offline

Registered: Tue Mar 09 2010
Posts: 634
Loc: Pennsylvania USA
I'm not sure the problem's exclusive to the UK. Seems the US ones do it, too--and not only are the characters muttering, but they talk really fast.
(1) Young I may be, but even young people are entitled to their opinions.
(2)Attempting to silence me doesn't hurt me, but the silencer.
(3) I must remain true to myself.

#835504 - Tue Oct 30 2012 10:55 PM Re: Soaps vs "proper" drama
ren33 Offline

Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 12145
Loc: Kowloon Tong  Hong Kong      
I do so agree about the diction in soaps, particularly Corrie.Many non Northerners have a problem getting what is said up there, but I have never heard of anyone with a problem in that one. Apart from that, the actual acting is SO good, I find. I recently watched the catastrophe(tram off the viaduct) episodes(well yes we are 2-3 years behind here) and the reactions and performances of all were so convincing. Great stuff.
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.


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