I am a soap fan and have been for well over 30 years. I began watching soaps in the 1970s with my soap fan mother (who had a radio soap fan grandfather) and my first soap memories are of Another World. Eventually, I watched every soap on the air, including General Hospital.
I managed to make a career out of soaps off and on with my journalism training, first as a writer and editor on various magazines in the 1990s, and again in this decade bringing you Soap Shows (which morphed into Soap Hub) for the last four years.
Through all of these decades of watching soaps, one character type that always offered me the most fun has been the villainess, and boy does General Hospital have one in Ava Jerome.
And, it really is okay to love these completely flawed characters who do horrible things, yet still display a sense of humanity.
Nobody is denying Ava has committed some pretty terrible acts, as killing Connie Falconeri and switching a bipolar man’s medication definitely stand out.
Often, Ava doesn’t think out the consequences of her mischievous little acts. (She certainly didn’t intend for Morgan to die, but she did something that indeed led to his death.)
She just does and goes with the flow. Does she learn from her mistakes? Hardly. Has she tried to learn? Yes.
Ava not learning and her constant fallback to lies and manipulations are part of what makes her so much fun to watch. She reminds us of other memorable villainesses throughout soap history.
There’s Dorian Lord from …continue reading on the next page —>