Quote Sunlover127: I liked EJ years ago when he first came to Salem and I have liked him through the years which have all been leading to the man he has become in present day Salem.
To me, the changes in him are what happens as one matures. gets older and has life experiences that are both good and bad. He has had many things happen which have given him pause and caused him to rethink, remember, regroup and repent. Example, when Johnny was having eye surgery, EJ was profoundly "brought to his knees" as he realized that all the power, money, and control was useless without his family.
He has been through the wringer numerous times with Stefano, his wives, his sisters, his brothers, and of course the love of his life, Samantha. I see the changes in EJ as a deepening of character as result of all his many traumatic, emotional and dramatic life experiences.
His character is being written as finally knowing that he and Samantha belong together and are truly soul mates. He is now willing to do whatever it takes to have her be his wife. He has given the company back to Stefano to save her, he does his fatha's bidding at infinitum, he has humbled himself all for the woman he loves.
I for one think that while many women want a "bad boy" as EJ used to be, I would rather see him as the man he has become who is willing to love unconditionally, selflessly and work through all of Samantha's "spontaneous combustions", highly charged emotional phases, mistakes and idiocy.
EJ has gone from being the ultimate "bad boy self-absorbed egocentric stud of studs" to a man than knows himself better, knows what he values, knows the price he must pay for mistakes and I like the deepening of his character.
I like EJ better now than when he was younger.
Yes, Yes--I, too, "like EJ better now'" that he's matured and let his weaknesses including self-doubt, come through. I think your analysis, Sunlover, was brilliant. Though I never was "obsessed" with EJ, I always found him fascinating, especially when he was NOT the big, bad SuperGuy, always in control. It's almost a relief to see that this "matinee idol" has feet of clay--just like the rest of us.