I hate to admit it, but I watch soap operas. Yes, they are silly and improbable but sometimes they can be a window into public perceptions.
Take, for example, a recent storyline on The Young and the Restless. Finally, the audience knows why the town mean girl, Phyllis, is so malicious. What turned her into such an off-the-charts nasty nutcase? Her father, as it turns out, was a financial advisor who swindled old people and threw her out when she turned him in. (You have to suspend disbelief that she would have the wherewithal to do so as a teenager.) Ah, now we know the real villain.