A lot of people are hooked on Telenovelas but they do not notice that they have been watching the same over and over again.
Watching telenovelas has become the ideal family-bonding activity for most African households. Knowing this, some tv stations have capitalized on it to boost their ratings. The Mexican and/or Philippines drama series are mostly dubbed in the ‘telecasting’ country’s local language.
After watching Sectreto De Amor, Marimar, Juana La Virgin, Storm Over Paradise, Untamed Soul, A Woman of Steel, In The Name of Love and a chunk others, I can not help but say they are all just regurgitated trash.
Here are some common concepts that run through almost every telenovela.
1. Car accident resulting in someone’s (normally the lead character’s relative) death.
2. Forced marriage due to social standing
3. Someone pins pregnancy on another
4. Someone close to the lead character turns out to be his/her parent.
Father Cristobal turned out to be Paloma’s long lost father. He was one of Paloma’s greatest confidants after her mother Macarena passed. So typical.
5. There’s always someone seeking vengeance
6. Someone goes to prison wrongfully.
Carmen is victim of a drug dealer who frames her and she is put into jail in Univision’s Head Over Heals. This concept can be found in many telenovelas you’ve seen. True or nah?
7. True love is always found with someone who is ‘poor.’
Need I say more?
8. There is always a woman who is looking for her long lost child.
9. Lead characters marry at the end.
For once, someone should dramatically die before their wedding. Just once
10. Your thought goes here
I know there are more than just 10 of them, add yours.