This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the First Year Odyssey Seminar "More than Melodramas: Telenovelas"



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Las Telenovelas

As I signed up to take this class, I thought that it would be a good class to take since I am minoring in Spanish. I thought that we would be watching a telenovela in class and discussing it, which would help me practice my spanish. My idea of the typical telenovela was the American Soap Opera. Growing up, my mom has been following the show "Days of Our Lives." Sure, I have seen it in the past when she has watching it, but the whole time I have just thought of how corny the whole thing is. However, now that I have learned that Telenovelas and Soap Operas are not the same at all, I completely understand why the Telenovela is so successful.

The telenovela does not continue on over the course of a few years. Instead, it has an unlimited number of shows that typically stop around 120 episodes. This makes so much more sense to me then having the typical soap opera, like General Hospital whose series has been continuing on for years, but has not drawn any real conclusions that will make its viewers finally satisfied.

The particular Telenovela that I will be studying this semester is the new show Dueños del Paraíso, which will be telling the story of Anastasia Cardona getting involved in the drug business as she tries to take over the South Florida territory. The setting takes place in the late seventies and eighties, as Anastasia she tries to become the most powerful woman in the world.

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