I am watching the 1993 version of Corazón Salvaje, and as I’ve read viewer comments online, I’ve noticed people making jabs at the 2009 adaptation. Commenters would say that it’s a disaster, a disgrace, an unintentional parody of the classic… you get the picture. The consistency of negative sentiment made me curious, so I decided to take a look at the 2009 version.
Aracely Arámbula and Eduardo Yáñez star in the series. Arámbula plays the roles of both the antagonist, Aimee, and the protagonist, Regina. Yáñez portrays the famous Juan del Diablo. The telenovela’s 135 episodes began showing on October 12, 2009, and the last episode aired on April 16, 2010. The show also aired in the United States on Univisión, debuting on February 2, 2010. It began in the 9 p.m. primetime spot but on April 26 it was moved to the midnight slot. Obviously the network executives were not too pleased with the program’s performance and audience reception.
After reading a few message boards and reviews, I have collected the following explanations from viewers about why they did not like the adaptation:
This version combined the traditional Corazón Salvaje story with another story called Yo Compro Esa Mujer. It is likely that fans of past adaptations felt loyal to the original storyline and were offended by the changes. Although the viewers said they enjoyed the stories separately, they felt that the combination made the plot seem forced and rushed with character inconsistencies and unnecessary twists.
According to an Argentinean viewer, Yáñez’s depiction of Juan did not have the necessary depth. In his words, “hair extensions do not make a character.” Some also thought Yáñez was too old to be filling the male protagonist role.
Viewers were not satisfied with Arámbula’s acting performance either — at least not as the protagonist. She played both twin sisters, and while people seemed generally satisfied with her portrayal of the villain, Aimee, they felt that her Regina was flat and emotionless. Viewers sounded almost offended in their comments that the antagonist was more appealing than the protagonist — that’s not what telenovelas promise us!! In the telenovela’s debut to the press, the actress even appeared dressed as Aimee rather than as Regina.
A viewer in New York shared her sentiments on Arámbula’s performance, saying: “Her early episodes demonstrate that she has an obvious appetite for playing the bad girl, something she never previously had an opportunity to do. However, as the ‘nice’ sister she lacks the depth of Edith Gonzáles and Leticia Calderón, the stars of the 1990s series. Her Regina so far is a porcelain doll dressed and made up to look like the young Leticia Calderón.”
In general, viewers felt that the telenovela was cheesy and overacted. According to a Galician viewer, “The costumes looked like cheap fancy dress, while the actors kept shouting over one another and twirling around the set.” The things that most viewers praised were the scenery, hairstyles, makeup and the entrada song. But apparently these were not sufficient to redeem the telenovela, which left the 2010 Premios TVyNovelas without any awards.
The version I am watching, however, won several awards, including Best Telenovela of the Year in 1994. #eduardoandedithforever