General Hospital Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Publishes (Fake?) Romance Novel

love in maine finalOscar Wilde wrote in “The Decay of Lying” that life imitates art. But what about art imitating art?

If you consider General Hospital — one of the longest-running soap operas in history, which turns 50 in April — to be art, then we have a candidate.

Love in Maine is a romance novel from General Hospital that will find its way onto real-life bookshelves next week when it is published by Hyperion. The book is ostensibly written by Connie Falconeri, a character from the soap opera. But that’s not entirely accurate, because in the show, Connie steals the book’s manuscript from the character Molly Lansing-Davis, who is the original author of the book. We think.

This is all very meta, and we are having a hard time understanding what’s going on. What is interesting, however, is that, according to the Hyperion catalog, the book’s publication will ripple into the plot of General Hospital itself.