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

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Different Perspective

Since the beginning of the semester, my roommates have found it funny that I am watching and following a telenovela. They laugh when they hear Spanish voices coming from my inside my room. None of my roommates have any background or experience with the Spanish language. I decided to get a new perspective for this blog entry and showed my roommate a clip of Rebelde Way and asked her a few questions after about what she thought.

Here's the clip I showed her:

Here's what she thought:

Who do you think the target audience was?
The telenovela is definitely geared toward teenagers.

What were the similarities to American television?
They definitely pinpoint issues that teenagers here are interested in, like drama and lots of emotion.

What were the differences?
Um, how do I put is kind of old school and not as quick and modern as American television.

What did you like about it?
Can we do dislikes first?

What did you dislike about it?
I thought it was hokey- like when Manuel's dad died, it was super cheesy.

Were you interested in watching more?
I would not want to watch an entire season of Rebelde Way but I did want to see what the girl (Mia) changed into and what she did to her dad.


  1. I live in a house with 8 other girls and I have gotten this exact same reaction from all of them. They just laugh every time they pass my room and hear the spanish voices from Corazon Salvaje. I actually made one of my roommates too watch a quick clip of it, and when she asked me what was going on I attempted at explaining but quickly got her confused just trying to explain the love triangles! Then told her she would just have to watch for herself...that may never happen. There are times s well when we will all be watching T.V in our living room and I'm in control of the remote and will stop on the local spanish channel and watch a bit of the current telenovela, but the roommates don't like that too much either. I really think though that if they were to sit down and watch they would get addicted just like we all have. Caroline, your roommate said that she wouldn't want to watch an entire season but that she did want to see what Mia changed into and what she did to her dad...well i think if she were to find that out that would be the hook line, and sinker. I don't think she could stop there she would have to keep watching! At least this is what happened to me! I thought at first that the show was alright and just wanted to find out what happened during the first conflict, but once I found out I wanted more! I couldn't help but stop! I think that if other people were to keep watching just to see one conflict play out that they too couldn't help but continue to watch!

  2. I agree with Blake: I think if she watches a couple more episodes to satisfy that curiosity about Mia's situation, the other storylines will spark an interest or at least more questions, which will encourage her to keep watching. It's funny how the addictiveness of telenovelas sneaks up on people.

    In my experience thus far, most people whom i've showed their first telenovela episode to are not too sufre how to feel about it. Some straight up say they do not like it, and mention how they are too dramatic, or cheesy. I think it's something that people who consume telenovelas grow used to.