Saturday, February 11, 2017
Upcoming Telenovelas: Stevey Tells Us What’s Happening in Mexico
Friday, January 08, 2016
Yo No Creo En Los Hombres, Capitulo 121, 1/7/2016: What. The. Hell. MD has learned NOTHING!!!
Thursday, December 31, 2015
2015 - A Year of Telenovelas, in review
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Friday, October 23, 2015
Weekend Discussion: Novela Cliche Directory
I decided once upon a time to compile these and here is what I've collected so far. What can you add to this?
Most are self-explanatory.
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Weekend Discussion: Unlikely Couples
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Weekend Discussion: Your Favorite Classic Novelas
Friday, July 03, 2015
Weekend Discussion: Life Imitates Art Imitates Life? Revisited
Note: This is a re-publishing of an August 2013 discussion that I think is relevant because I wonder to what degree the outdated attitudes get revived in remake after remake. Inspired by a line of dialogue in last night's episode of LSdP.
Do you think that telenovelas reflect or influence human behavior? A good friend of long standing is under the bizarre impression that in order to have a massively passionate relationship one must also have insane conflict. I had so many conversations with him during fights and estrangements with various girlfriends from college until his marriage and after his divorce that sounded like novela fights and reconciliations (and he not only isn't Hispanic, he doesn't even watch them).
Last weekend I watched The Godfather, Part III and found an article by a British journalist that discussed the difficulties the studio had with the real mob during production of the original film. Once they settled their issues and the film debuted something interesting allegedly happened: Real mobsters began addressing their leaders as "Don" and "Dons" became "Godfathers." The characters on HBO's hit series The Sopranos regarded these films as the bible of Mafia etiquette.
BTW, as an aside, I know that the original Godfather film was a hit in Mexico; in a 2001 novela it was named by a series protagonist as his favorite film. And El Padrino of QBA looks like he has something of a Vito Corleone complex.
Added: Do you think outdated attitudes are revived or reviled? Do you think that the PSA tendencies of novela writers can influence future behavior?
Have it it, amigos.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Weekend Discussion: Have the Writers Declared a Competition on Perversity?
Friday, April 24, 2015
Weekend Discussion: Misogyny and Sexism Need an Executioner
I'm in step with those who are watching Amores Con Trampa but still catching up to La Sombra del Pasado (cap 25) and Que Te Perdone Dios (cap 34), but the sexism is getting to me. I totally get that rural environments are often more sexist than urban ones and what's going on in ACT makes a certain amount of sense. However in the 21st century are the other two even close to reality anymore?
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Sunday, March 01, 2015
Weekend Discussion: Premios TVyNovelas 2015
I have to admit due to my tech issues I haven't seen most of these and there were two I bailed on during the first week, one of which has me scratching my head. What are your picks this year?
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Photo Gallery; Family Album, Volume 1
Don't you just love it when casting directors get it right? I love how novela producers often match up actors who look like they could share DNA as family members. This can't pretend to be a whole archive, but merely a first installment.
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Friday, December 12, 2014
Weekend Discussion: 2014 Novela Faves
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Favorite telenovelas recommended by our crack team of bloggers and experts! Compiled by Vikki Gomez
Sunday, November 09, 2014
An article about telenovelas y'all may enjoy.
Is America Ready to Fall in Love with the Telenovela?
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Do Things In Novelas Change Your Life?
Friday, October 10, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Past vs Present Telenovela Conventions: What's the best combination?
What would you rather see again vs what's happening now? What do you miss about novelas of 20 years ago?
Let's not get into discussions about series length; we have done that to death.
I personally would prefer scenes to be longer. Sometimes when watching novelas now I get whiplash from the quick scene changes after two or three lines of dialogue. It gives the illusion of more action happening when in reality no more information is communicated in that episode than in an episode shot 20 years ago.
Let's have fewer situations about pregnancy entrapment or at least demonstrate that it mostly doesn't work, We have all witnessed at least one example of this in real life and all know that the consequences aren't pretty. The Isabelas of this world don't usually get what they want.
Force producers to make up their minds about the period of the story. It really annoys me when they can't make up their minds and we have no idea whether it's 1950 or 2010.
Add yours, my friends.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Taboos
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Weekend Discussion: What Are Novelas Teaching Viewers?
La Malquerida is treading into some dangerous territory regarding misogyny and incest, La Gata is perhaps more heavily into class-consciousness than any of the others, and Mi Corazon es Tuyo shows us a large family about to explode over a marriage contracted for the wrong reasons which will have a domino effect on everyone in the entire household. Since that series is popular in Mexico we can anticipate a long period during which a wicked stepmother will reign supreme over a previously controlling (but loving) father. Nothing new, but this will be the largest-scale example to date.
What effect do you think this has and what should be instead? Sound off, amigos.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Ultimos Capitulos and What Drives Us Loco Now
Friday, July 25, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Novela Genres; What is your preference?
Some people seem to be bailing out on Lo Que la Vida Me Robo because of the turn the story has taken. As long as Televisa (and other production companies) are in cost-cutting mode we can expect story extensions that do things like this one. I certainly will agree that doing this to a series that begins as a comedy without an advance set-up (such as we are probably getting in Mi Corazon es Tuyo) is completely wrong, but when novelas depend on suspense, we need to deal. I'd much rather have this than filler scenes that just attempt to inflate the original story.
Personally, I'd like to see more mystery-oriented novelas if we're looking for more male or younger viewers. The gratuitous violence and gore in narco stories is something I find as unappealing as the glorification of their lifestyles.
I mourn the absence of a good novela de epoca, but I guess the networks think they're too expensive a risk against the bleeding of younger and male viewers. Que lastima.
Be verbose, my friends.
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