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

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MariMar

Something I find really interesting about the telenovela that I'm studying, "Marimar", is how successful that is was, despite it being a remake of the telenovela, "La Venganza." It was broadcasted on Televisa in 1994, whereas La Venganza was broadcasted in 1977. I also think that it's very interesting that La Venganza and Marimar are both Mexican telenovelas so there was not really a competition between which countries produced the more "successful" telenovela. Taking what we learned from today in class about globalization and remakes, La Venganza was very successful and because of that success, they made a remake of it. The telenovelas were extremely similar and had the same melodramatic storylines. However from what I've taken from readings online, I feel as though Marimar was more successful and is seen as one of the best telenovelas. I find this interesting because I feel as though originals are usually better however not in this case. There was also a remake of Marimar that aired in 2007 and was made in the Philippines due to the high success of the Mexican one.
In my telenovela, I feel as though I'm at the climax because Angélica, Sergio's evil stepmother, belittles Marimar and makes her feel helpless. She's so evil to the point where Angélica calls the police to tell them that Marimar stole a bracelet from her because Sergio worked and earned money so that he and Marimar could escape from Angélica's evil wrath. However, this incident caused Marimar to go to jail. Although this seems rather harsh and very melodramatic over a bracelet, it has to be because it gets us hooked and it makes me want to keep watching to know what happens. Also taking what we learned from class, I know that it won't last long because us, the watchers, would get very bored watching Marimar in jail and not watching the two protagonists "fall in love." The theme in this telenovela that "poor and rich do not get along" is a theme that is seen throughout many telenovelas and is a common theme. But in the end, we all know or hope that the two protagonists will bend that rule because from what we learned in class, "love conquers all."

2 comments:

  1. One of the main reasons why MariMar was so successful was because of the main protagonist, Thalia. In those times she had been a member of a very popular musical group. Although not doing it on purpose, she used that popularity to help her acting career. The young audience that once followed her in the band followed her in the telenovela business. That reason is why perhaps MariMar was popular just like the original. Also the new audience was the teenage and younger population that perhaps did not know about the original telenovela.

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  2. The screen shot are the most impressive shot that I could watch it, the story is more dramatic than I imagine.

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