HomeTVDays of Our LivesDays of Our Lives: Do You Like Melanie? Brooke September 13, 2008 18 Comments Now that the character of Melanie Layton (Molly Burnett) has been on our screens for awhile on Days of Our Lives, I thought it was about time to check with the fans about what you think about the character so far. Quick recap: Melanie is Max’s half sister and they share the same biological father – Trent Robbins – who is currently still married to Nicole. There were rumors flying around that Melanie would be the secret child of Trent and Nicole’s, but sadly, that hasn’t happened (I think it would be fun to have Nicole Jnr but that’s just me). Melanie is a bit of a spoilt, self-confessed party girl, attending school in France and hitting up rich boyfriends or stealing expensive jewellery from her "friends". Upon meeting her brother Max, she had him framed for a crime he didn’t commit, but when she was released on bail, left him and Stephanie behind bars, saying she couldn’t do anything to help. Enter Nick Fallon, who flew over to France to help Stax out of jail but who caught Melanie’s eye after pretending to be a rich hottie. After getting Stax out of jail, Nick and Melanie have been getting closer, sharing a kiss this past week. For me, I am non-plussed. I have found the character annoying and whiny so far – not unlike Chelsea Brady when she first appeared on our screens. But maybe, like they did with Chelsea, they will use Nick to make her more likeable. If that’s possible. To be honest, I kind of liked her friend Tiffany better, but that’s a thought for another poll. What is your view? Are you a Melanie fan? Vote, or leave us a comment below! Days of Our Lives: Do You Like Melanie? I'm undecided (9%, 72 Votes) Don't care (7%, 57 Votes) No! She needs to stay in France... (37%, 287 Votes) Yes! More Melanie! (47%, 352 Votes) Total Voters: 768Vote Loading ... 18 Responses THEBEST September 13, 2008 Melanie is aight. I kinda like that she’s a bitch to Chelsea & Stephanie. I also like what’s blossoming between her & Nick. Days needs a new Jennifer Horton, though. A character that’s pure as the white driven snow. It’s too many feisty women on this show. Now, who I’m living for is Kate’s gay assistant, Chris. I love him! ***///Living In The World Of Soaps Since 1985\\\*** Log in to Reply Tripp September 13, 2008 I’m loving Melanie! It’s time we had a new spitfire in town, and she’s great at riling up Stephanie as well as bringing out old Chelsea again. What’s interesting though is when she is around Nick, there is a definite softness to her and I love that. I’m loving what looks like a new triangle on this show with Melanie/Nick/Chelsea. And Melanie has even gotten me to like Max which is awesome. Log in to Reply KingTV September 13, 2008 Despite her wannabe bitchiness, Melanie is no true diva. In fact, she is a pretty one-dimensional character who is totally ineffective. This whole “Trent is Max’s father” story was sort of forced upon the viewer as a plot device to put Stephanie and Max on the run, so to speak, and supposedly bond them tighter as a couple, which I personally do not buy being they are uncle and niece (albeit through adoption). That plot device always skeeves me out not matter the circumstance, with only Jonathon and Tammy on GL as an exception only because they had sizzling chemistry and the actors successfully portrayed their love for each other. The character of Melanie has not been well developed at all. From what I know from spoilers, it seems DOOL is headed towards a murder mystery story line about who killed Trent. The writers needed more suspects and they just threw in a half-sister for Max who, as it turns out, has just as much passion to kill her father as Max does. It is too bad Roscoe Borne plays evil so well because he has been excellent with this character, giving him nuances and vulnerability that I am sure were not included in the scripts as written. Just as he is starting to get interesting and having interaction with characters outside his limited base, the writers have decided not to pursue his further possibilities as a living person. Mr. Borne always gets stuck playing the baddie who must be killed in order to stop him from playing out his scrupulous plans, in this case him blackmailing Nicole over the issue that they are still legally married, nullifying her marriage to Victor, possibly taking away her divorce settlement and Max hating on him from abandoning him and his mother when he was young, forcing his mom to give him up for adoption. Melanie has not been given the depth of reason to even be there, let alone have a true enough motive for killing her dad. She is just a convoluted part of an extremely convoluted story line. DOOL has been having a split personality these last few weeks, with some strong character developing s/l’s (such as Marlena and John’s tried and true love story involving him getting his memory back and Bo grappling with the evidence against his half-brother, Phillip) and these one-note, complete plot contrivances, such as the entire E.J./Sami/Lucas/Chloe to force yet another custody battle and Stefano having a floor shut down at the hospital and pouring a mysterious purple gas through the ventilation system to cause hallucinations and the really lame kidnapping of baby Joe, which basically led to nothing. Melanie has been written as an annoying, spoiled, whiny, immature girl who seems purely created to give Max and Stephanie stumbling obstacles (like landing in a French prison jail cell and like mentioned before, to up the number of suspects in the obviously up-coming murder story). I hope the Salem Police wrap this case up quickly and haul Melanie away to jail herself. Although, it would be kind of cool for Caroline, of all people, to turn out to have been the murderer (by self-defense of course) seeking revenge on the man who has been hurting her “real” son. I vote to get rid of Melanie A.S.A.P. Log in to Reply Luke Kerr September 13, 2008 My problem isn’t so much with Melanie herself so much as the fact that this character is yet another in a long list of young female characters with no connection (or an extremely loose connection) to the major core families of the show. It still boggles my mind that Days hasn’t recast Abby. The only good thing about Melanie for me at this point is that it gives Nick something to do (no puns intended). Log in to Reply engradypind September 13, 2008 Melanie is just another young body on the screen; it’s not old enough to be interesting, not smart enough to be effective, and not needed enough to waste airtime on. Days already has more than enough twenty-something characters who don’t actually DO anything but kiss and cry — or in Sami’s case screech and lie. Log in to Reply season1217 September 13, 2008 While I do agree that there needs to be more characters on the show who have familial connections to core characters, new blood does need to be showcased or we’ll end up w/ more couples like Stax. Although, at least they’re not blood related like Jonathan and Tammy were. I don’t care what chemistry they had, eewwwwwah! Log in to Reply Luke Kerr September 13, 2008 I guess my problem is this. Why in the world are they trying to give Max more of a history? Isn’t it enough that we know he’s adopted and that he’s boinking is niece? He’s a Brady, we don’t need to have his real father appear to prop up the arrival of a sister and then have to watch as the father is somehow given legitimacy by having a history with Nicole. I don’t want Days to become more inbred than it already is and granted the return of Abby, in some way might do that. But I still maintain that instead of creating a flimsy rational for the introduction of his sister why aren’t we seeing a young female Alamain or any of a number of other families that have history with the show and might give a nod to the shows history? To be fair though, sometime stand alone characters introduced like Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) Mimi (Farah Fath) end up being popular and then are worked more into the cast. However, some might argue that Days hasn’t had success introducing young female stand alone characters since Mimi. Log in to Reply snowi September 13, 2008 I agree that Days needs a sweet female character now more than ever. We have enough shrews……sorry, fiesty woman as it is running around on that show. This whole Stax/Trent/Nicole/Melanie story has been a huge dud IMO. In fact I wouldn’t mind if the last three characters disappeared completely. Log in to Reply season1217 September 13, 2008 “I guess my problem is this. Why in the world are they trying to give Max more of a history? Isn’t it enough that we know he’s adopted and that he’s boinking is niece?” ________________________________ LOL, Luke! But you’re right, it would be more interesting if they had introduced an Alamain or someone connected to a past family or character from the show. I’m just tired of the in-family dating. If I want to see inbreeding I’ll watch Deliverance or Wrong Turn or visit some of my southern relatives. Sorry all southerns’, that was a joke, so don’t kill me, pleeeeease. Log in to Reply daisyclover1938 September 14, 2008 I took a little break from DAYS, but I watched Friday’s ep. I’ve only seen about 5 seconds of her so far so I don’t really have an opinion yet. But what is DAYS’ obsession with having fathers exploit their daughters?? YUCK! And I agree that the show needs some ‘classic’ heroines for the “30s” set (if they refuse to write Chloe that way then bring back Carrie!!) and for the “younger” set (someone who doesn’t belong to a core family, but who would still be attached to someone. Either Chloe’s SORASed sister or maybe some second cousin of Lexie’s??) Log in to Reply THEBEST September 14, 2008 We need Abby ASAP! There has to be a younger woman than can be the next Alice or Marlena. We have Julie & Maggie, but still, they weren’t always upstanding citizens. We need an angel walking the Earth type character. ***///Living In The World Of Soaps Since 1985\\\*** Log in to Reply Luke Kerr September 14, 2008 Oh see I HATE "saint" characters and if Abby were to return I would really hope she isn’t a "saint." I’ve always envisioned Abby as the next Sami since Abby should have a ton of parental issues since they were gone so much while she was growing up. Abby could be the next big "hell on wheels." IMO Days already has its saint, Stephanie. Granted, she’s a saint who sleeps with her uncle but other than that what exactly has she done that is bad? If Days were to bring Abby back and was intent on keeping the character of Stephanie around here’s how I’d break things down. Abby = hell on wheels Chelsea = bad girl trying to be good Stephanie = Saint who stole Abby’s "one true love" Log in to Reply daisyclover1938 September 14, 2008 See I don’t like “saint” characters, because to me that implies someone who might be self-righteous and/or boring. I prefer “classic heroine” – someone who makes mistakes, but is absolutely the “good one”, someone who suffers a lot, they’re the moral fibre of the show, etc… I would put Marlena, Hope, Jennifer in that category. I’ve felt for a long time that DAYS hasn’t had great classic heroines for the younger generations. When they got rid of Carrie, they tried to have it both ways with Sami (she was the vixen *and* a weepy victim). Chloe was starting to become one when she left, but now that’s she’s come back she’s changed. Belle was set up to be a classic heroine in the early years… They were also setting Abby up for it, but then she left. BTW, an Abby vs. Steph dynamic is a good idea (the fact that Abby’s dad raped Steph’s mom years ago gives the advisarial relationship a historical reference point, even though it happened before they were born) Log in to Reply snowi September 14, 2008 I agree I don’t want a saint, just a heroine. Log in to Reply Luke Kerr September 14, 2008 Wow….daisy and I agree on something…we hate "saint" characters….alert the media…oh wait… Log in to Reply Brooke September 15, 2008 Well I wasn’t expecting this at all – the poll seems fairly evenly split! That’s probably a good outcome for Days, considering how well liked the current younger set are in general!! Log in to Reply daisyclover1938 September 15, 2008 Wow….daisy and I agree on something…we hate “saint” characters….alert the media…oh wait… I knew we’d find common ground *eventually* Luke! LOL Log in to Reply EmmyLoser September 15, 2008 I like Melanie. I think she’s got a charm to her. But the character is kind of pointless. They show does need a younger sweet and innocent type, like Abby. They should have recast her when what’s-her-name quit. Chelsea, Stephanie, Melanie, and Morgan are all pretty much the same. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.