The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of January 17 – 21:
To change things up a bit this week, the Rant will take a more in-depth look at the most talked-about storyline on The Young and the Restless right now – the Sharon and Adam pairing. Earlier this week I went to the board asking Soaps.com readers to sum up their feelings for our first ever Y&R Fan Face-Off. After looking at both sides, I’ll add my two cents, and then weigh in briefly on the other storylines this week. Buckle your seat belts – here we go!
Against Sharon and Adam.
Soaps.com readers who are against this pairing can’t get past Adam’s sinister misdeeds, and cannot relate to Sharon’s feelings for him. Here’s what readers are saying: “…this whole thing is just sick.” (Missys soaps); “For me, watching Sharon cuddle and kiss and make love to the man who stole her child is beyond disgusting. I find nothing sexy about it at all.” (Cheesy); “I think they will have to address that Sharon has serious “mental” issues to even go there…” (KeepingItReal); “…truly disgusting and totally unbelievable.” (Lady53); “There is no way that a woman would go back to a man who put her through so much pain.” (IluvNY)
Others just feel the reconciliation happened way too fast: “The Shadam story has been too rushed with no redemption of Adam, only destruction of Sharon.” (countryMomof4); “To literally go from Sharon fearing Adam to loving him in a week was beyond absurd.” (chancegirl); “I get that Sharon might have been torn about Adam, but Faith just celebrated her first birthday which means it’s only been 6 months since all this has happened.” (Pinchy)
Pro Sharon and Adam.
Soaps.com readers in favor of the Sharon and Adam relationship seem to enjoy the qualities they bring out in one another, their chemistry, and relish the controversial aspect. Here’s what this camp is saying: “I personally enjoy the Shadum relationship. It brings a bit of an edge to the Soap…to me, this is an exciting change.” (puddycat); “Sharon and Adam are great together…for once, she’s starting to stand on her own two feet, with the support of a man who loves the bones of her.” (grammapam); “Shadam has all the winning elements of a classic sudsy soapy love story…a love that survives against all odds, a sexual chemistry that binds them and draws the viewers to them, and controversy.” (YR Viewer); “I like this Sharon more than I have liked Sharon for many years…I really like Adam; so many layers to him…he has done some miserable things but that just proves he is his daddy’s son doesn’t it? Sharon and Adam are good together.” (calliope); “Sharon and Adam exude confidence when they are together. They take on whatever challenge is thrown at them and they face it head on…they bring out the best parts of each other.” (lovinthesoaps); “The chemistry between Sharon and Adam is electrifying. Their love story is one of forgiveness, healing and strength.” (classic-rock); “I love the whole forbidden love and redemption themes. It is perfect soap opera material.” (happyfanyr); “It is sick, it is twisted, but it works.” (Rquattro)
Candace's take on Sharon and Adam.
Torn. The chemistry between Adam and Sharon appeals to me, and as readers know, I get a thrill seeing people stand up to Victor - so that's an element that makes both of these characters interesting to me in this storyline. As far as Adam's crimes - even though he has saved the lives of both Sharon's children, it still hasn't been enough redemption for me. I would have liked to see Adam 'own' his past dirty deeds and pay more of a price before being forgiven by Sharon. That said, I often find myself musing that Victor has also destroyed many lives with his schemes and sometimes shows little remorse - at least we've seen Adam wrestle with his conscience from time-to-time. Ultimately, I wish the writers hadn't saddled Adam with such sinister and twisted baggage (shooting his eyes with botox etc.) - it's a stumbling block for me in getting fully onboard with this pairing. Where do you stand? Be sure to cast a vote in Soaps.com's The Young And The Restless Snap Poll: Adam and Sharon.
The "Mama's got you," moment made me fall for Victoria as Lucy's mom, but Daniel's reaction to holding the child made me long for him to blurt the truth - this storyline will be powerful if written well. Chloe/Jana/Kevin - Jana's pathetic, Chloe has lost her fire, and Kevin isn't that much of a chick-magnet - I can't get into this triangle at all. Ronan and Nina draw me in, but I desperately wish Heather wasn't part of this storyline. Christine being slightly more hard-nosed is interesting. Diane has become a total snore - thumbs down. Jill accepting Colin's proposal - ridiculous - she knows better. By the way, I loved Katherine's comment to Jill about her thinking with her…(fill in the blank)! As for Cane's saga, it's dragging to the point where viewers soon won't care what happens (many are already there).
Thanks for checking out this week's Rant! Be sure to let me know your view on the storylines and leave a comment about the Fan Face-Off, or an idea for the next one!
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- Candace Young