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


When I originally signed up for this class I was very unsure about what I was getting myself into. However, after the last couple of classes and some research to find the show that I finally decided I would write my paper on, my skepticism faded. My interest has definitely peaked, and I am excited to learn even more about these types of shows.

My grandfather was from the Philippines, so that side of the family is extremely dramatic. When they are angry, they are extremely angry. When they are happy, you would think they just won the lottery. Every emotion is almost overly expressed, so you are never left wondering how they feel. Studying telenovelas reminds me somewhat of my extended family. Everything in these shows seems to be very dramatic and the actors are extremely passionate. I think that this is the root of my interest in these shows. Watching them feels almost just like a family reunion.

I'm looking forward to putting an excessive amount of time into watching the show I chose, and I hope my interest in telenovelas continues to grow overtime.    

1 comment:

  1. I understand what you are saying. The telenovelas have that type of effect on us. I personally think that all telenovelas try to appeal to us to gain popularity and they make the characters generic enough that it makes you see people you know in them. I have watched a lot of telenovelas and in each one there is always one character that I myself associate myself with, or that i can associate with someone around me. After some time you start to feel like your life is like a telenovela, if you are at that point take a rest from the telenovelas.