There are times when you visit the DBD not so much to learn about the world (marginally about Cal Sports) as to catch up on the latest with your favorite DBD characters.
I think people like stories that continue so they can relate to these people. They become like a family, and the viewer becomes emotionally involved. There seem to be two attitudes by viewers. One, that the stories are similar to what happened to them in real life, or two, thank goodness that isn't me.
So, you want to stop in and see if Berkules has landed that job yet, or if AndBears has finally conceived, or if that young plucky scientist has finally found love, or if anyone anywhere ever got engaged in Seattle.
As time goes by, however, the stories do have a tendency to become increasingly farfetched and fantastical, as on General Hospital:
With increasingly bizarre action storylines coming into vogue Luke and Laura saved the world from being frozen, brought a mobster down by finding his black book in a Left-Handed Boy Statue, and helped a Princess find her Aztec Treasure in Mexico. Other soap operas attempted similar adventure storylines, often featuring footage shot on location – frequently in exotic locales.
In DBD-land, we see this trend as well. Has RaptorApocalypse landed that babysitting job yet? Will TwistNHook finally manage to construct the world's most bizarre outfit, or will be outdone by his evil doppelganger, TwistHNook? Will Spazzy McGee finally find love atop the tallest mountain of one of California's counties? Will Gooby finally get the best of Dolan??!? What does it even mean?! Does is make anyone buy soap?
The ever-present danger of such a serial nature, however, is the fear or being written out. Whatever happened to Maharg, or Olsonist, or 33SwisherSweet? A character must retain their popularity to remain relevant.
Some shows of the 2000s incorporated supernatural and science fiction elements into their storylines. One of the main characters in US soap opera Passions is Tabitha Lenox, a 300-year-old witch. Port Charles has featured vampires and an angel. Frequently these characters are isolated to one of the ongoing story threads to allow a fan to ignore them if they do not like that element.
Don't like a DBD character? (I'm looking at you, norcalnick. I want to see more wackiness!) In the words of Lisa Simpson, "Just don't look!"