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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Maybe she's not so bad...

As I have gone further into my telenovela, I have come to find some compassion for the antagonist, Veronica. Naturally, my first impression of her is as a ruthless vixen who is willing to manipulate and sleep with whomever to get what she wants. However, I'm starting to realize that she is not so evil, after all.
In the last episode I watched of Gabriela, Giros del Destino, Veronica calls up her partner in crime, Ernesto, to tell him that she cannot deal with the sneaking around and lies anymore. Her beautiful face is crumpled with tears as she sobs to him that this is horrible and that she mentally cannot do the manipulations needed anymore. Maybe this is me being a softie, but I actually feel bad for her. The telenovela has not delved into Veronica's background much, but I'm willing to bet that there is a reason for her immoral and crazy behavior. Then again, I could be completely surprised and the telenovela reveals later that this sob show was a secret plan of hers.
Needless to say, I think it would be a fantastic twist in the plot to show something of her past that explains why she is the way she is. Maybe she will come to the good side and fight for Gabriela and Pablo's love. I'm interested to see what happens next.

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