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 25, 2015

Telenovelas Ability to Globalize the World

It's crazy to think that all stories have been passed down from one generation to another or one culture to another. A prime example is the story of Cinderella, a young girl with a good heart placed in the hands of an evil step-mother. This tale that was originally told by an American audience is seen mimicked throughout many countries and incorporated into television shows. This idea of an evil stepmother is extremely popular in telenovelas. This plot is so successful because it's extremely relatable. A successful show strives to connect with an audience and aims to reel the viewers in with compatibility. One line that I found agreeable in the Globalization pdf file was, "if novelas often draw on the harsh realities of life in parts of Latin America, their plotlines still generally devolve into sentimental fairy tales... happy endings are all but certain." Like Senora Acosta stated, many telenovelas try to limit the true idea of harshness in some poor latino countries. Governments would be overwhelmed with anger if other countries were able to see the side of the country they so desperately try to conceal.

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