Sunday, 18 November 2012

Eva Price-less


How many of us like to be proved wrong? Who takes their humble pie with a splash of gravy? I hang my head in shame at the memory of having maligned the wondrous creation that is Eva Price. True, I once suggested that the character was about as beguiling as a mop head. I stood on the roof of Blog Towers, overlooking Mawdsley Street, and bellowed that the Price was not right.


Have others warmed to the character? While poor old Stella continues to get a ho-hum reception from fan-land, Eva seems to have struck a chord.

What's so good about her then? There is something appealing in her flawed demeanour. Eva is one spoilt brat of a girl, probably cherished as a back street Lancashire princess with her eye on all that glitters. With the right man on her arm, the latest fashions and a Mary Poppins-sized handbag, Eva can totter across the cobbles with he head held high.

Look again though. Eva is the wrong side of 25. She has no man and seems unable to hold down a relationship. Her jealousy slowly poisons friendships. Eva may have the bag, the frock and the lippy but she's sewing knickers in a back street factory. At the end of the day she goes home to her mum. There's no champagne lifestyle, no designer hubby, no kids. You can almost taste her rage as she stands on the sidelines, bag of chips in hand, watching other people get on with life. Will it ever be her turn?

In some ways, Eva is similar to the 'early days' version of Raquel Wolstenhulme - a slightly acidic, stuck-up cow. Raquel eventually thawed and, thanks to the rather impressive performance of Catherine Tyldesley, Eva has become a much fuller character. Her blend of narcissism, comedy and misery is a joy to watch and this particular viewer is intrigued to see where, cue tedious X Factor phrase, 'her journey' take her. And us.

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

She's just the reincarnation of Rosie Webster..boobage hanging out all over and the writers think that each time she flashed her cleavage, any guy within eye-shot goes brain dead and will do whatever she wants! She ain't that hot.

Frosty the Snowman said...

I like Eva and she is played well by Catherine Tydlersley. However she would be better kept as a comedic character and not turned into another spiteful cow - why did she feel the need to scratch Rob's car when he rather bizarrely drove back from Sheffield just to go to the Rovers when he had had a skinful and had paid for an overnight room in an expensive hotel.

Anonymous said...

FTS..I gather a shot to the cojones by Eva must have sobered him up.
The scene at the hotel with Eva flashing her mams (again) into the clerks face and immediately getting the info she needed would have been funnier if the bloke turned out to be gay and it was Steve who had to give him the big come on.

Llifon said...

I too noticed that I had empathy for Eva on Friday, that I haven't had for Stella. Her disappointment at Rob's betrayal echoed that of Raquel and to some extent Bet Lynch. I do hope that they can use Eva as both a comedy and dramatic character - if a character has both flaws then that's the solution to a long and certain future - you just have to look at the longevity of Bet Lynch, Rita, Elsie, Hilda and the Duckworths.

Flaming Nora said...

Eva is indeed wonderful. There's more to her in her little finger than rosie webster had in her being. Get rid of Stella and Karl and keep Eva please.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Eva as played by Catherine Tyldesley is becoming a very interesting character. She's very much in the mould of Racquel but more street savvy. Without being pernickerty, Eva is coming up for 25 and Catherine is 29 but looks early 30's. Looking about the same age as Leanne but acting like Rosie didn't quite gel at first. Now the character has come into her own and none of that matters. Get rid of Stella, Gloria and Karl, and keep Eva. Btw, great blog and character analysis.

Anonymous said...

Definitely starting to warm to Eva's character. She has potential for some good story lines and is very well portrayed by Catherine Tyldesley. If it weren't for her mother.....

Rachel said...

Catherine Tydlersley is great. But did I miss sommat - when did Rob and Eva get back together? They seem to have reunited them just to split them up again.

Janice said...

She is immature, selfish, spiteful, and dim. Her only asset is her enormous cleavage which is on full display at all times. We have never seen her interact with another female who is not her mother in an empathetic, compassionate way. Raquel and Bet Lynch both had traits which made them likable, therefore we sympathized when the guys mistreated them. Eva does not have these traits. We totally get why guys get bored of her knockers.

Anonymous said...

Yes, she is a spoilt brat, but I think Catherine Tyldesley has the skill to stop her from being one-dimensional (as opposed to Rosie). She has definitely grown on me.

Anonymous said...

I think Eva is developing in a most interesting way. Though she plays the princess, deep down she is very insecure, and Catherine Tyldsley plays both sides of her beautifully. I hope they ditch Gloria and Karl, but keep Eva, and yes, Stella, for some time to come.
And please, don't compare her acting to Helen Flanagan's - she is miles better!

njblas said...

Well put David. I couldn't stand Eva at first, but her character has developed in many ways. Can't say the same for her dull as dishwater mother, whose character is no more evident or interesting than on that dark day when she was first foisted onto us. I liked Karl from the start, but he has been totally ruined by this revolting affair with Sunita. I'd like to think he can be redeemed but I don't see how. None of this is John Michie's fault. I feel sorry for him as an actor - he must have gone into Corrie with high hopes.

ChiaGwen said...

Get rid of Karl - Karl who? Just had that one flash of a scene in the Rover's then nothing for weeks and weeks before or since - but agree his character was ruined by the revolting Sunita affair - too bad. Eva has grown on me too, unlike her beige wallpaper mother and excels at comedy. Out of place at the Faktry but I can see her connecting with Carla and maybe running the office or trying to. Time for Michelle to return to Ireland and Sally to do something else besides work in the Faktry.

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