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 4, 2015

Telenovelas' Distinguishing Factors

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.

2 comments:

  1. I love the fact that telenovelas have so many distinguishing factors. It's crazy to me that all these factors are so different and yet, they come together in unity to form a telenovela! Personally, I like telenovela de ruptura, just because I like twists on the conventional love story. I think it's easier for people to relate to these because of the fact that are are centered more around social issues.

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  2. Learning about the different factors and types of telenovelas has made them more compelling for me to watch ,as now when I am watching I am also trying to figure out whether it is a telenovela rosa or de rupture, or more than likely, something in between. I also think that it is interesting that telenovelas used to be primarily rosa, but have evolved into being more de rupture and using their medium to address social issues, and what this change indicates about the changing values of the audience.

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