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, February 4, 2015

The Inner Workings of the Telenovela

       Each day, I run out on the elliptical while watching "La Familia De Al Lado," and I do not know if it is the sweat in my eyes or the weariness of my body and brain that is deceiving me, or is the real love story of this telenovela between Gonzalo and Pilar?? The love between Ignacia and Gonzalo might have been the focus at the beginning, but once I dove deeper and deeper into the plot line of the story, I find myself rooting against the relationships of Pilar and Javier and Igancia and Gonzalo. The soothing smile of Gonzalo should not be the one to comfort his cheating wife who could be pregnant with another man's baby or even a murderer, but it should be the one that is like a safe haven to the brutally battered Pilar who is lost in a loveless marriage and trapped in a prison-like home. The inner workings of the telenovela really have grabbed me and interested me much more than I thought they would. Sure, they might be sometimes overly dramatic and almost fake, but for that moment it allows me to focus on a different kind of pain rather than the burning feeling in my shaking thighs.

1 comment:

  1. I am quite impressed with how you are able to focus on and analyze your telenovela so thoroughly while running at the same time. With regards to you input on what is going on in your show, I think that is what they are trying to do. They are trying to make you think and have your feelings about certain characters shift through out the show. There may not be a right or wrong answer to what "love story" you are supposed to be focusing on. The whole point of their show is to keep you intrigued, and the have clearly done so.