During the Q&A portion of my Colombian Consumption presentation this week, I was asked my thoughts on the future of telenovelas with the immersion of series. I really liked this question because I have never really thought about it.
A telenovela is watched and consumed usually everyday of the week, while a series is once a week. I think this affects many things such as: production, story lines, and a little bit of consumption.
Although we have only talked about the production of telenovelas in class, I would assume the production of a series only differs in the time constraint. Since an episode in a series is only aired once a week, this gives the writer(s) and production team more time to produce episodes. This allows each episode to be more room for extravagancy I think. For example, El Capo visits many locations in Colombia and later even the United States and also has many expensive props and FX.
The success of El Capo can clearly be seen with its continuation in El Capo 2 and El Capo 3. Although this is giving the audience what it wants (more, everyone always wants more) I think it when compared to telenovelas, the continuation can be a good thing and sometimes a bad thing. Telenovelas have to finish, therefore there has to be a point and a main focus to the story. On the outside this appeals to me because I feel like there would be more meaning. The writer has this many episodes to say what he or she has to say so every episode better be worth it. On the other hand, when you’re actually watching a series or telenovela you love, you obviously never want it to end.
When I finish a book I love, it makes me so happy if there is a sequel. I don’t know what kind of person I would be if JK Rowling decided to end Harry Potter after the first book. (but really… what would life even be like? Would there even be a point?) And on the other hand, would the
I digress... Having series, allows for more seasons, thus giving the audience more. This can also allow episodes to drag on and can affect the quality, thus affecting the consumption.
I think the Telenovela will continue thriving for many years to come. There will always be people that like both Telenovelas and Series as long as their good.