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Published:December 30th, 2007 05:18 EST
Should General Hospital tone down the violence?

Should General Hospital tone down the violence?

By Garrett Godwin

Since Gloria Monty three decades ago, General Hospital revitalized the daytime genre with supercouples such as Luke & Laura, action/adventure/mystery storylines involving spies such as Anna Devane and people in organized crime such as Frank Smith. However, fans criticized the Emmy-winning soap when several fan favorites such as Alan (Stuart Damon) and Emily Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston), and Georgie Jones (Lindze Letherman) were being killed off, believing that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), and the criminal underworld is now the main center of General Hospital, where in the town of Port Charles, darkness ensues.  The fans also criticized the writers of portraying Sonny and Jason being romanticized as heroes of the town despite their illegal activities and having hearts of gold.

In a recent poll from ABC Soaps in Depth, they want more "love in the afternoon" than a mob war and people being killed. 

Though the mob is one of the key factors, GH should focus less on it and more on romance and comedy.  The writers and producers bring the Hospital back into General Hospital like its spin-off Night Shift, dealing with medical issues and focusing on the doctors trying to save lives while trying to maintain their sanity and keep their personal lives together.  Like NS, GH should bring more diversity into the soap as well as more character-driven storylines, and bring social awareness in topical issues such as AIDS.  Another is give the Port Charles Police Department the chance to stop spending time trying to bust Sonny and Jason all the time, and finally get a chance to be heroes and fight other types of crime.  Writers and producers should give talented yet underrated and underappreciated veterans such as Lesile Charleson and John J. York more screen time because they've been with GH for a long time, and have been such a favorite with fans.  There should be more life, love, and the pursuit of happiness for the people of Port Charles.

Check into General Hospital weekdays on ABC, and weeknights and weekends on SOAPnet.