Meet a Reader: Jamey Giddens of Daytime Confidential
by Carly Silver, Editorial Assistant, Series Editorial
Jamey Giddens is the editorial director and co-owner of the popular websites Daytime Confidential and Pop Confidential. With his podcast co-hosts Luke Kerr, Regan Cellura, Jillian Bowe, and Melodie Aikels, Jamey regularly dishes on all the latest and greatest dirt in pop culture. Somehow, he manages to fit in reading novels with coverage of all four currently on-air daytime dramas—General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, The Young & the Restless, and The Bold & the Beautiful—as well as numerous primetime soaps.
What’s that got to do with Harlequin? Well, not only does Jamey love his soaps, he’s also a Harlequin reader!
When Jamey discovered how much his readers enjoyed Harlequin books, he set out to discover them for himself. This lifelong soap opera enthusiast particularly enjoys authors like Brenda Jackson and Rochelle Alers. He’s also read several soap opera tie-in novels, like Sheri Anderson’s Days of Our Lives spin-offs. Jamey has found that soaps and Harlequin titles share a common ground apart from their readership. He notes Harlequin Desire has “the most in common with soaps, because so many center on a rich, powerful man trying to possess a woman.” Moreover, “like soaps, Harlequin imprints are chock full of stories with larger-than-life love affairs, featuring likable heroes, heroines and the occasional scoundrel!”
As Harlequin moves into the digital era, so, too, has Jamey. “Digital media is the future,” he says. “I was resistant at first, because I love flipping the pages of an actual book, but I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas, and I am addicted to it!” He adds that “digital channels also offer more options to aspiring writers. Look at E.L. James. Her online fanfic following has translated into huge success for her Fifty Shades franchise.”
Similarly, soap operas have found additional outlets online. “Daytime soaps were a bit slow to embrace the online world, yet that’s started to change,” Jamey admits. Why have daytime shows finally jumped on the digital bandwagon? “I think the threat of cancellation forced soaps to start thinking outside of the box,” Jamey says. As a result, fan favorite actors from shows like B&B and Y&R regularly Tweet up a storm; as GH celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, it invites viewers to share their favorite show memories on Facebook.
Soaps are transforming in digital formats, as well. Jamey notes, “Two cancelled soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live, are even being reborn online. They will return with all-new episodes for Hulu.com, Hulu Plus and iTunes.” In addition, original online dramas—often called “webisoaps”—are becoming increasingly popular. Jamey is a long-time fan of soapy web series like Venice—starring former Days actress Crystal Chappell—and DeVanity.
Just as Harlequin has increased its digital and physical presences in past years, so, too, have soap operas and the fans who love them.
In honor of Jamey, we are giving away several Harlequin titles that feature heroes or heroines involved in the fashion or cosmetic industries on our blog! Longtime Y&R viewers know that Jabot Cosmetics, the Abbott family’s company, has long played a central role in the soap’s corporate battles. Also included are books by new MIRA author—and former soap actress—Beth Albright (The Sassy Belles) as well as ex-Guiding Light star Harley Jane Kozak (Keeper of the Moon).
To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section: Are you a soap fan? What got you hooked onto your series of choice?
The contest closes on Wednesday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST. We will choose a winner at random and announce it on our Blog News Round-Up post the following morning! Unfortunately, we can only offer the contest to residents of the U.S. and Canada. For full contest details, please see here.
We’re also looking for more unique Harlequin readers to feature! Think you are a unique reader? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and you may be featured in our Meet a Reader series.