On the fourms we sometime discuss the current stories but also stories of the past. We notice when they are rewriting stuff. We have seen how some DiMeras like Megan, Daphne, Renee, Peter and Kristen have been forgotten/ignored in recent years while we at the same time have gotten new additions to the family like EJ as an adult, Chad, Johnny, Sidney and by marriage Kate and Nicole.The DiMeras are an upper-class Italian Roman Catholic family on the soap opera Days of our Lives. Over the years, the nature of the family itself has been retconned several times; although never directly and overtly, it's been represented as old-line Italian nobility, a relatively self-made European business dynasty, and a stereotypical Mafia family. Its current incarnation appears to be a sort of combination of these: a fairly wealthy Tuscan family with roots in ancient Italian nobility, which had at various points in its history fallen on hard times and rebuilt itself, through both legitimate and illegitimate means, and currently has ties to traditional Italian organized crime (and at times, various terrorist elements). It has intermarried with the Brady, and Kiriakis families over the years.
Over the years it's been revealed that the DiMera family shares a long history with both the Bradford and the Brady families of the fictional midwestern American city of Salem. Currently (as of 2007), the show has been exploring the DiMeras' connection to the Brady clan, dating back at least 50 years in the Bradys' ancestral home of Galway, Ireland, and the roots of a feud between the two families. This is actually a retcon, as the tension between the two families was originally the result of detective brothers Roman and Bo Brady and their constant attempts to thwart the various (and often outlandish) schemes of DiMera family patriarch (and crime boss) Stefano DiMera.
In 2007, the family was revealed to originally hail from Tuscany, although patriarch Stefano DiMera has at various times headquartered the family in Rome, New Orleans, Venezuela, various uncharted islands in the Caribbean, and of course, Salem. A 1988 storyline revealed some family activity in the Far East, but through the years the family has consistently been portrayed as having significant legitimate business holdings, criminal activities, and even political control throughout Latin America as well as the United States. Although never shown onscreen, the family is also mentioned to have been involved in terrorism and political assassinations in such places as Thailand, Israel, and Iraq. Storylines in 2008 indicate the core of the family business is shipping. Nevertheless, the family has always appeared to be extraordinarily powerful in the criminal underworld, and the name "DiMera" consistently strikes fear in the hearts of other criminals. In fact, the family and the crime syndicate it controls are so powerful as to be a major focus of several high-level law enforcement and intelligence agencies throughout the world, including the fictional ISA.
The Italian translation of DiMera is "Of the sea," or "From the ocean."
Because of all this, I have for the last couple of years been thinking about doing something I'd like to call "The DiMeras: Year by Year". My goal is to upload every episode with the DiMeras in them, with each year having it's own playlist. Like Carol did with Tony/Andre in 2002-2009. This is a long-term project and my earliest episodes only go back to 1996 so this will probably take several years. So far I have gotten a few episodes from 2007 up, I will post them in another thread.
Let me know what you guys think.