This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the course "Telenovelas, Culture and Society" at the University of Georgia during Spring 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

My own telenovela addiction

Ever since I was a little girl, my family would always sit down at 7 o’clock and turn on Univision, because it was time for the telenovelas to start, and to this day whenever I go home to visit my parents, it’s the same story. The telenovela tradition has been instilled in me, and I will admit it, I am most definitely a telenovelera. When I was in high school, I would get home, watch the telenovela “Rebelde” and then wait until 7 for the next telenovela to come on. It was a part of my daily routine. Weekends were torture because you just wanted to see what was going to happen from Friday’s episode, and of course the cliffhangers on Fridays are the worst. It’s so funny because when we discussed the addiction to telenovelas throughout Latin America, I could totally relate. Sadly, here at school I work late and hardly get a chance to watch them but I look forward to going home and seeing the novelas, because it doesn’t even matter if you’ve seen the whole thing or not, you get so pulled into the telenovela with just one show. I am looking forward to learning more about the art of creating the telenovela and how exactly telenovelas came around into Hispanic culture. It just amazes me how one genre of entertainment can be such a large part of the Hispanic culture. They even have telenovelas for every age group almost. In the mornings on the weekends, they have telenovelas targeted to little kids, and then they make the adolescent targeted telenovelas, such as Rebelde or Clase 406, and finally the normal telenovelas who are more targeted towards an adult audience. It just amazes me, and I cannot wait to learn more about telenovelas.

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