As I say goodbye to this class, I know I’m leaving more knowledgeable about telenovelas and Latin American culture and society. I entered this class expecting to watch a few Spanish “soap operas,” and I leave knowing that telenovelas are much more than a soap opera; they are the epitome of a melodramatic love story.
I’ve learned about the production of telenovelas not only from Dr. A’s class lecture, but also from famous directors and actors in the telenovela world. This class was a cultural experience and I've learned how powerful and influential telenovelas are. Their themes messages are broadcast to millions of viewers who are then influenced by those messages. Telenovelas have political and social power, that’s can be a scary thing. But the creators of the novelas know this and use this power to help the people Writers like Leonardo Padrón expose a nation to the realities of Asperger’s syndrome, humanizing the issue and bringing attention to a disorder that affects millions of people.
Whether the telenovela is rosa or realista, their stories can entice nations. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn so much about a field I initially knew little about.