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

More on Telenovelas

I always knew that Chavez was an uptight ruler, but after last week when we discussed how he wouldn't allow for certain things to air I was honestly shocked. Telenovelas, I think, provide the majority of what is the hispanic culture. Plus people just absolutely love to watch them. A leader that tries to keep their country from being cultured is definitely one that shouldn't be around. I hope for the sake of one of the most important parts of hispanic culture that his opinions soon change.

On a lighter note, my favorite part of watching Les Miserables is how well it appeals to popular culture as well as keeping old traditions. The story line, for the most part, remains the same despite the fact that it is done in such a new way. Without this important aspect, Les Miserables wouldn't appeal to a wide range of people like it does. Young and old people from many different cultures, ours included, are able to sit down and enjoy this show. It has made me appreciate Telenovelas much more than I already did and I'm honestly still extremely excited to keep watching the show.

2 comments:

  1. Yeah, I don't think I could live in a country where my entertainment was censored or filtered as it was being produced. It really does make you appreciate what you have here and Les Mis is just a reminder of that.

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  2. Though I realize that some governmental regulation may be necessary, I have never understood why certain governments across the world feel the need to implement so much control over the simplest of things, such as TV shows, books, newspaper articles, and, in this case, telenovelas. I believe that what each writer incorporates into his/her telenovela is meant to propose different views in a less threatening and conflicting way than if they were to stand on a podium and argue their viewpoints back and forth in a very uninteresting and frustrating way. That is why so many shows, movies, literature, art, and even telenovelas are so successful. There is almost always an underlying meaning that makes it intriguing and interesting.

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