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



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Telenovelas... Need we say more?

Telenovelas, what a word! I had no idea what I was signing up for when I chose this First Year Odyssey course. I thought maybe we would watch episodes the whole time, or talk about how telenovelas are so much like soap operas, little did I know that I soon would become fascinated with this topic, and drawn into the many different cultures of telenovelas.

When fellow students ask me what FYOS I was taking, I simply tell them telenovelas to see what their response will be. Most are confused, others laugh, and a lot say, "Spanish Soap Operas?" So I simply tell them what I've learned in the few classes we have taken. Some are enthralled by the details I give them, and others find it silly that I would enjoy such a thing, however I enjoy their petty debates and rebuttals.

One of the things I find most interesting about telenovelas is that although all telenovelas follow the same pattern, each one plays their story in a different way drawing the audience in closer and closer until soon they are addicted and just have to watch the story unfold. I feel like telenovelas are under represented to American teenage girls, because I know how much my friends love the drama of the TV shows they watch so I feel as if they would love telenovelas that much more.

In the end I am looking forward to how each week unfolds as I learn more about telenovelas, and who knows I may be hooked on them now too.

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