Wednesday, January 21, 2015
When fellow students ask me what FYOS I was taking, I simply tell them telenovelas to see what their response will be. Most are confused, others laugh, and a lot say, "Spanish Soap Operas?" So I simply tell them what I've learned in the few classes we have taken. Some are enthralled by the details I give them, and others find it silly that I would enjoy such a thing, however I enjoy their petty debates and rebuttals.
One of the things I find most interesting about telenovelas is that although all telenovelas follow the same pattern, each one plays their story in a different way drawing the audience in closer and closer until soon they are addicted and just have to watch the story unfold. I feel like telenovelas are under represented to American teenage girls, because I know how much my friends love the drama of the TV shows they watch so I feel as if they would love telenovelas that much more.
In the end I am looking forward to how each week unfolds as I learn more about telenovelas, and who knows I may be hooked on them now too.
When choosing a telenovela to watch and study this semester, I of course went and talked to my Spanish friends about which one they liked and watched. I also asked her not only which ones she liked but I asked her general questions about watching them too. She told me that her favorite telenovela series was "Rebelde" and that her family often watched them together, but her mother and grandma often watched them more together. Their popularity there is much higher than it is and will ever be here. When searching for a telenovela to watch, there were so many and they all seemed to have the same plot about a poor girl falling in love with a rich guy. Therefore I was stuck between "Marimar" "La Usurpadora" "Luz Clarita" and many others. However, I chose to watch Marimar, which is about a poor girl who lives on the beach and one day meets the handsome rich boy and falls in love. He lives with an evil family who won't let him escape and therefore he marries her (poor, uneducated) to make his family even more angry. I think that watching this telenovela will not only improve my Spanish, but will help me form a deeper understanding of telenovelas and why they're so important.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
That was about the extent of what I knew about telenovelas before coming into this class. Everyone always assumed they were the equivalent of American soap operas but after these first couple of classes, it has become obvious that they are so much more. I am excited to learn more about telenovelas and the role that they play in the lives of many.
Learning about the
differences between Telenovelas and Soap Operas has really given me a new
appreciation and understanding of Telenovelas. One of the things that I have
come to really appreciate about Telenovelas is that while they do tell interesting
love stories that grab the audience, they also use their platform to address
relevant issues. For example, in the Telenovela that I have begun watching, Rebelde Way, one of the issues discussed
is the class division present between the students. Because it is set in a
private school, there are some kids who come from wealthy families, while other
kids, who go there on scholarship, come from a lower socioeconomic level, thus
creating conflict between the richer and the poorer kids. This Telenovela is
aimed at a younger, teenage demographic and this issue is one that is very
relevant at that age, so the fact that there is a show that addresses this
issue gives people something to relate to. With American Soap Operas, there are
very view issues that are relatable and they do not very frequently address any
problems of relevance to the audience, unlike Telenovelas.
One powerful example of telenovelas being able to relinquish focus, emotional and psychological, from the happenings of the real world to those of a fictional world was found in the small factories of Cuba.
The telenovela does not continue on over the course of a few years. Instead, it has an unlimited number of shows that typically stop around 120 episodes. This makes so much more sense to me then having the typical soap opera, like General Hospital whose series has been continuing on for years, but has not drawn any real conclusions that will make its viewers finally satisfied.
The particular Telenovela that I will be studying this semester is the new show Dueños del Paraíso, which will be telling the story of Anastasia Cardona getting involved in the drug business as she tries to take over the South Florida territory. The setting takes place in the late seventies and eighties, as Anastasia she tries to become the most powerful woman in the world.
Coming into this class, I knew nothing about telenovelas. I assumed they were simply American soap operas but in Spanish. After all, they are both melodramatic, delivered in installments, and both have an extreme love story. However, telenovelas are broadcast in prime time while American soap operas air during the day. American soap operas never end while telenovelas are more similar to drawn out movies with around 120 episodes and no seasons.
When I was younger, my mom would watch the soap opera General Hospital every day so I roughly knew some of the plot. When Dr. A mentioned the story line of the famous couple Luke and Laura, I immediately made a connection. Tony Geary has played Luke Spencer since 1978. Telenovela actors are much different. They can transform into different roles for each telenovela in which they are cast. I found the comparison between the American soap opera and telenovelas to be extremely interesting – mostly because I felt as if I had some kind of understanding of the soap opera.
Because of this small understanding I had for the soap opera, it was easier to recognize the similarities and differences between the two methods of entertainment. I realized the large impact telenovelas have on Spanish culture in comparison to the small impact soap operas have on Americans. Telenovelas for some serve as an escape from the socioeconomic hardships many Spanish countries face, which is a very important quality for entertainment to have in order to be successful.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Telenovelas are the TV networks popular among the Latin American Most of the audience may think that the Telenovelas are the TV programmer in Spanish as I heard Telenovelas at the first time. After I got the first Telenovelas class, it is quite different from general soap opera. As a soap opera on television, it needs to follow a script on the below in the television. Every couple in the end would have the happy end or bad end are depends on the writer’s mind. In Telenovelas, the end of the stories almost depends on the audiences, which means that if is does not have the full script, that the story could not follow with the beginning the story would have gone. It may have 10 or more episodes at the first. It is really interesting that when the audience are trying build their own story to cheer themselves. The film producer does in this way; maybe it explains why they become more and more popular in the society. The methods of interact with the audience. Let lot of ordinary people enter into those stories. It is easier to arouse audience’s personal experiences of life. I found that it is formula to become popular and success: feedback + effective action for feedback=popular and success. Not only showing on the Telenovelas, it gives evidence shows on every product. Letting the customers know they are really caring about their feelings, and do their best to provide the best services on every cents of the pay. Like New Balance always have the page that you could design a pair of shoes for yourself. Every apps update about better services on eBay is basic on the costumers’feedback and so on. Feedback services are would become the much important things on Commercial products.
‘No te tomes la vida en serio, al fin y al cabo no saldrás vivo de ella.’ It is traditional saying in Spanish. It means No one could escape from the life until die, so just accepted it. Watching the Television Programme is the usual performance of accepted life in urban. To amuse and follow the people will become most important things on Telenovelas, and the Telenovelas just improve to us.