As students, individuals, professionals, and consumers, we are all living our own telenovela. Our lives are hidden secrets, triumphs, woes, love, and despecho. We can't transcribe these lived emotions on paper for fear of sounding cheesy, silly, or shallow. In this same way, telenovelas flourish success because of the raw emotion preformed. Many disregard a telenovela as rather shallow, repetative, and unintelligent. We cannot, however, translate the true impact of telenovelas in society in the same way we can't translate the word despecho. Yet, we know it's deep impact the same way we know despecho is in grained in Mexico and Latin America. It's a saddening awakening, a sort of melancholy neblina in Venezuela. If I have learned anything it is that telenovelas have power. As Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru concluded, the genre is evolving, it's not dying, and it has powers. The telenovela is filled with mistakes, also. I find, however, that life itself is full of mistakes, yet this gives it a human quality. In their hands, production companies, actors, writers, watchdog agencies, and government have broken countries and restored hope through the telenovela.
As an outsider watching from the United States, my mother's heart hurt as she watched a report where thousands of gallons of milk being poured out because shipments did not arrive to Venezuela. In this CNN report, Henrique Capriles says that milk is being bought by spoonfuls. He accuses that the government controls foreign exchange, imported food, and practically all of the economy. Yet, as
we have watched, we saw power in the novela Cosita Rica. Although this was the last of the golden age of Venezuelan telenovelas, a spark of hope flares with writer, Lenardo Padrón. We all ache for Venezuela, yet there is solidarity for those waiting in thos long lines at the grocery stores. Shortages in Venezuela, NYT
There is beauty in the imperfections of the telenovela. There is beauty in the power we hold as individuals, telenovela consumers, and the telenovela genre, itself.
Capriles hopes to spark solidarity for those standing in lines