It took me a very long time to feel anything approaching empathy towards Carla Connor. And I'm still not sure I like the character much at all. I know. Shoot me now. I do think Alison King is doing a great job as an actress playing Carla and that's why I've voted for her in the National TV Awards.
Or rather, to those who keep the show ticking over with Carla in it. My problem is this ... we've already invested enormous emotional energy in will Carla live / will Carla die / will Tracy kill her / will Tracy save her. Over and over, we've had it.
We had it with the bus crash.
We had it with the fire at Victoria Court.
And now we're going to have it again with the break-in at the Bistro.
I do understand the appeal of Carla Connor. I know how popular she is and I do enjoy watching her in the same way I enjoy watching most of the others. But when we're constantly having car-crash-Connor pushed in our faces as she reels from boozer to bloke, from casino to cobbles, then it makes us stop caring what happens to her next. One minute she's an alcoholic, then she's not. The next minute she's a gambling addict, then she's not. Other Coronation Street characters exist. I want to see them. I wan to see Carla interact more with them, and not just with Roy.
Let's just hope that Carla Connor is given much more interesting storylines and less of the crash-bang-whallop.
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