Ah, fan base wars. In reality, a relatively new phenom. The beginnings of the wars are totally connected to the Internet and message boards. Before that, you may have argued with your friends in the dorms or seen a rare letter in a mag but that was about it. Being able to "band together" via cyberspace has created a huge, huge monster. (or ratings and buzz creator if you're TPTB). I can tell you one thing; talking with press that run interviews and stories, they see almost a three-fold increase when the topic is a contentious one like JaSam vs. Liason. Articles/interviews with say...Genie Francis? Not even close to the traffic.
People love to argue. They love to invest in their couple. Unfortunately, it may be killing the genre as fast as reality TV and streaming videos.
Ok, task at hand: JaSam Vs Liason.
DING! DING!Round ONE.
I think we can all agree that Liz' first love was Lucky Spencer. He rescued her after the rape, they had their box car...his guitar and a "permanent lock". Sam went out with Jax and a baby/miscarriage with Sonny. For Jason, there was Karen and his virgin-busting Keisha. Then there was Jason/Robin. If you go back on You Tube you can see many, many Jason/Robin scenes. (I'm not sure their "smoosh" name...we didn't really do that back then). They actually raised Michael for a bit. Purists say that Robin betrayed Jason by telling AJ that Michael was his son-- although he did forgive her and realize it was ok after the whole Jake story. There was also Journey..Courtney and Jason. They married (for real, not fake like Las Vegas). The Carly factor is just like a bug on the rug.
Anyway, many of us don't even CARE about Jason with Sam vs Jason with Elizabeth. Just sayin'. Personally, I see Burton having chem with both ladies.
Round ONE: Draw
ROUND TWO:Liason enjoyed Liz' thrill of a bad boy, riding a motorcycle for the first time, romanticizing a "normal" life-- and painting the wind. (ahahahaha!) Of course...they got a baby.
JaSam on the other hand were partners in crime, Mr. and Mrs. Smith--wearing black and shooting their guns.
Round TWO: Has to go to Liason because they got a baby.
ROUND THREE:One of the biggest arguments that Liason fans hang over JaSammer's heads is the fact that Sam ignored Jake's kidnapping and hired gunmen to scare Elizabeth. They aren't going to let that go. MUCH like The J&Bers wouldn't let go of Brenda wearing the wire. Yes, Liz lied about Jake's paternity but she didn't actually put the kid in danger.
So, in the 'purity' category, Round Three goes to: Liason
ROUND FOUR:The question of Jake..did Liz tell Jason that was his kid from the get-go? Did she tell Lucky Jake was Jason's from the start? Nah... why bother with details??! Everyone eventually found out who's was who's-- (except any of the Q's) and Jason asked Lucky to raise Jake as his own to protect him.
Round FOUR: I'm giving to JaSam because of the lie in the first place.
Pure Sex. This depends on if you like Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. One's friendly, girl next door the other is dangerous and knows how to shoot a gun. Both have huge histories with other men, so you can't count that part. I guess it's a personal choice
Round FIVE: Draw.
Recent history. Clearly the writers have given the present-day Jason and Sam the "love" story. You can't deny the writers have had Jason say he loves Sam mucho times lately. There's also the fact that Sam (right or wrong) embraces his mob life and Liz did not. We know Jason's not leaving Sonny's side for anything or anyone. heh
Round SIX: JaSam
Two Draws, Two Lisaons and Two JaSams...ah, a tie!! You didn't think I was going to have one come out on top did you!!? Thing is folks, this soap is written like the tide..in out..out in. Everyone's gone through it. S&Bers and J&Bers.... Luke/Laura/Stefan... Carly and just about anyone. LOL. Have the fan base wars hurt soaps? I think they have-- they've divided us big time. Then again, I do contend that such wars also stir up PR and "Buzz" that helps soaps survive. People want to hold on for that wedding that just may come years down the line (Sonny/Brenda the primo example!) I enjoy a good debate as long as it doesn't fall on the actors who are doing their jobs.
One more thing...from my perspective? BOTH stories were botched...holes left and certainly not enough character interaction to really make a good multi-year tale.
AND, am I talking about this subject to drive traffic to the blog? Damn tootin'!!
I'm sure you all have a lot to say on this!! I'm sure I'm wrong about a LOT of things!! LOL Have at it!!! Hope you have a great Sunday!!
Scene of the Week: Nikolas ducking the liquor bottles when Luke is whipping them across the room.