There are many things that can differentiate telenovelas from one another. They all fall into different categories such as country of production, the allotted budget, the country of origin of the cast, broadcast time slot, age group, and time period in which the story is set. One of the biggest distinguishing factors is whether the telenovela is a rosa or a de ruptura. The telenovela rosa is a much more traditional type of story and usually centers around a cinderella and her wealthy prince who fall in love. The telenovela de ruptura is a telenovela with a twist. They center more around social issues or an unconventional storyline. However, many telenovelas try to incorporate both aspects to their story.
While I do love an unconventional story, for my telenovela choice I stuck to a very traditional cinderella story. I chose the telenovela, "Una Maid en Manhattan." Going through this course I have started to notice many of the themes Dr. A talks about are very closely tied with my telenovela. I have started noticing the music, the mini cliff-hangers before every commercial, and the subtle social issues present in each episode. I even did some research on which country the main actors are from and what other telenovelas they had done.