Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Telenovelas vs. Soap Operas
I am loving what we are learning in this class so far! Currently, I have only watched two episodes of my telenovela, La Reina del Sur, and I am DYING to see what is going to happen next after every episode.
Instead of talking about my telenovela, since I do not know that much yet, I wanted to mention how incredibly shocked I am about how popular telenovelas are. Honestly, I thought of them as soap operas in the US. I will admit I had no idea how much more successful they are than soap operas. I realized they were both love stories and that they were both pretty melodramatic, but I had no clue, for example, that telenovelas determine the star system in Latin America. I guarantee if you asked my friends that they would say the exact same thing!
It's awesome that telenovelas don't really have seasons. This means that you will always be hooked and never have to say, "they probably shouldn't make another season of this..." There are a lot of times when I really enjoy a show but it becomes ruined when they create a season 8. The main characters that you once fell in love with die off (whether it's from sickness or moving cities) and you just become less interested. For telenovelas on the other hand, once one ends, another one begins. I think that is pretty interesting.
After having taken this class for literally only about two weeks, now I find myself flipping through Telemundo and Televisa every day! It's fasinating to me that there are 5-6 episodes playing every day. AND instead of waiting a whole week for the next episode, it's on the next day!! I love that. I am so excited to get even more entranced in my telenovela. I am going to continue to compare it to the soap operas I have watched.