Readers React — Yikes! Poorly — to Our Top 30 Supercouples Countdown: It’s Just a ‘List of *Your* Favorite Couples’
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Well, we had a hunch that our rankings might give you… um… feelings.
When Soaps.com posted a countdown of soaps’ 30 greatest supercouples of all time, let’s be real. We knew that some people would love it, and some people would… er… how to put it? Not love it. At all.
In fact, some fans were so perturbed by the rankings that they read us for filth in ways that we’re pretty sure weren’t even ways until they did it. For instance, @nicholsevansfan, mid-LOL, marveled that Days of Our Lives’ “Doug and Julie were on the cover of Time magazine, got Days to No. 1 for the the first time. Steve and Kayla brought Days to No. 1 for the second time… and remain popular 30 years after their debut, but you put Ben and Ciara higher on the list because??? For real?”
Equally horrified, although for different reasons, KimAnnFran tweeted, “So no Robert and Holly [from General Hospital], no Duke and Anna [also from General Hospital], no Todd and Blair [from One Life to Live]?
“But,” she noted, entirely correctly, “there’s Ciara and Ben… Enough said.”
So no Robert and Holly, no Duke and Anna, no Todd and Blair? But there’s Ciara and Ben… Enough said. 👎
— 🌸KimAnnFran🌸 (@KimAnnFran) November 15, 2020
Hey, “Cin” have had an impact. Still, clearly not as great an impact on KimAnnFran as Robert and Holly, and Duke and Anna had.
Hazel also took us to task for excluding those particular Port Charles pairs. “Fail,” she declared our efforts. “Massive fail.” (We never do anything halfway… ) CaliGirl, astounded by our blunders, remarked that “I’m not even a General Hospital fan, but I know who Duke and Anna are. That’s a supercouple.”
I’m not even a GH fan, but I know who Duke and Anna are. THAT’S a supercouple.
— CaliGirl (@CaliGir06369717) November 16, 2020
A reader named Michelle said, more gently than most, that Days of Our Lives’ “Jack and Jennifer should be on the list.” And we’d agree, had he not died eleventeen times more than most and their love story not taken more unnecessary detours than a connect-the-dots puzzle on your average diner menu. (Side note: Those are shockingly tricky.)
Jack and Jennifer should be on the list. #days
— Michelle (@theylaaaawww) November 15, 2020
Still, Michelle has a point. DesylvaL was so dissatisfied with our countdown, an entirely different one seemed to be required.
Sharon and Adam?
Victoria and Ryan?
Victoria and Cole?
Danny and Cricket?#yr
— Desylva 🇨🇦 (TeamShadam) (@DesylvaL) November 15, 2020
Ashtonian balked at the notion that we’d include on any supercouples list Liam and Steffy from The Bold and the Beautiful. They “aren’t even the rooting couple in that scenario,” she argued. “That’s Liam and Hope, who had the love story and soulmate writing… Steffy was the interloper.”
What made Cindy’s jaw drop was the Bold & Beautiful exes ranking higher than The Young and the Restless’ Dru and Neil “and ‘Shick’… heck, even over Bo and Nora from One Life to Live?” In our defense, Liam and Steffy look closer to a rematch than any of those other couples (and it’d take a miracle to get Bo and Nora back on our screens).
At least JMA blamed someone other than us for the atrocity as which some saw our list. “I’d have [General Hospital’s] JaSam No. 1, but given that the writers refuse to write for them anything of substance, I guess I understand how someone could forget how great they are.”
In the end, FiloGirl may have summed up the problem with our Top 30 best. “This is a list of your favorite couples,” she tweeted. “That’s all it is. You omitted a majority of real supercouples and included some that aren’t even close to the definition of a supercouple.
“Some,” she added, “are laughable.”
This is a list of *your* favorite couples, that’s all it is. You omitted a majority of real “super couples” and included some that aren’t even close to the definition of a super couple. Some are laughable.
— FiloGirl (@Cubsfan36) November 15, 2020
Maybe so. But that’s almost the point of a roundup such as this one. Dang right it’s opinionated. Dang right some folks will disagree. That right there is part of the fun.
Before the moment’s past, be sure to hit the comments with the couples that you think we should — make that must — include when we upgrade the photo gallery down the line. Speak now or forever hold your peace!
Oh, and if you haven’t even skimmed our picks, you’re kinda-sorta obliged to do so, by clicking on the photo gallery below.