Posted Mar 7, 2004 @ 12:41 AM
I'd love to hear if people follow them, both from those who speak the language and from those who just enjoy watching them for fun without understanding a single thing.
Posted Mar 7, 2004 @ 3:37 AM
The story was something along the lines of:
Young pretty girl falls in luuuuv with young pretty guy (Eduardo something?) during a masquerade ball. But young pretty girl's father is in dept and therefore is forced to sell her off into marriage with the FATHER of young pretty guy, creepy FATHER who also fell in love with young pretty girl during that masquerade ball. She married old creepy father and starts snooping around the house discovering mysterious! creepy! clues for whatever. Meanwhile young pretty guy pines away for her and plans for them to run off together.
I remember that the intro showed her (black and white) getting dressed to be photographed in her wedding dress. The end of the into sequence is the picture of her being shot, her in the wedding dress looking as moody and unhappy as can be.
Posted Mar 8, 2004 @ 12:02 AM
I have spent countless hours pretending to understand the action when I'm really oogling the cast.
Posted Mar 8, 2004 @ 2:50 AM
Uga Uga remains one of my favorites, that and the one that had Shakira for the opening titles.
Posted Mar 8, 2004 @ 7:45 AM
StephenTrendy the soap that had Shakira in the opening, is that El Clon? That's another Brazilian soap.
Did anyone ever watch Betty La Fea? That was one of my favorites until Univision got a hold of it and its sequel sucked so badly. I hear Salma Hayek is trying to bring an English version to network tv.
Posted Mar 8, 2004 @ 7:54 AM
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Posted Mar 8, 2004 @ 5:11 PM
I used to love watching them on Friday nights after a stressful day. Instead of going out and being social, I'd just put a pizza in the oven and watch one or two episodes of a telenovela. I'd scream at the TV and react in an overly dramatic way, have fun and then not return to the show until I was in the mood for it again.
Betta La Fea, however, was a telenovela I saw years ago and then watched when it was rerun on Univision's new station. I would actually tape the episodes. Unlike most other novelas, I found myself actually giving a damn for the characters.
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Posted Mar 8, 2004 @ 6:52 PM
I don't speak spanish but can spanglish with my client's. Watching the novellas helped me with cadence and pronuncation...the tapes are too European! I don't know the soap you have mentioned with the eye candy but I'm gonna look up the channel & time...I have Telemundo and Univision!
Edited by 10rags, Mar 8, 2004 @ 6:56 PM.
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Posted Mar 8, 2004 @ 8:42 PM
I grew up watching telenovelas, it was like family hour where everyone in the house gathered around the tv and watched mostly Mexican soap operas. my family was so invested in these novelas and talked about for hours. now i watched mexican soap opera just to laugh at the bad acting.
someone mentioned earlier that mexican soap operas have the same plot. though i agree, I remember an exception to that. I forgot how it was called, I think it was called [/I] Alguna Vez Tendermos Allas[I] with Kate Del Castillo. I has so hooked to the unconventional plot and most all the characters were multi-dimensional and the music score was beautiful and haunting. Did anyone else saw it? It came out around 1998.
Enough of my blabber:)
Edited by liliymichilly, Mar 8, 2004 @ 8:53 PM.
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Posted Mar 9, 2004 @ 1:46 AM
While a lot of Mexican soap operas follow the same plot there are some great exceptions. I just get tired of the same damn plot where the beautiful young girl falls in love with the rich guy but because of class differences they always had obstacles in their way. (Although it never stopped me from watching any of Thalia's soaps) And of course there is the villainess that is in love with said rich guy and tries to make the poor girl's life a living hell. That is probably why I was so pissed when Telemundo stopped airing Solterita y de la Orden (a Columbian soap) because it centered on a young woman and her friends. And she was a 20-something and was focused on having a career and had a complicated love life. Kind of like a Spanish language version of Friends meets Sex and the City.
I must admit that I do love teen soaps like Muchachitas, Sonadoras, Amigas y Rivales and Primer Amor.
Edited by Gemneye, Mar 9, 2004 @ 2:10 AM.
Posted Mar 9, 2004 @ 4:07 AM
El Manantial. It was awesome. They main girl in that cried in like nearly every episode. I think Adela Noriega who played her. She is usually awesome. What soap actors and actresses do you guys like? Among my favorites are Alejandro Camacho
(The bad guy from Muchachitas), Thalia's sister ( I don't remember her name), Maurico Islas, Kate del Castillo, Erik del Castillo, the evil girl from El Manatial.
Posted Mar 9, 2004 @ 8:17 PM
Posted Mar 9, 2004 @ 11:12 PM
Omg, all of Thalia's novelas are the same! Poor girl falls for rich guy, obstales happen, they love each other, she gets pregnant, he marries the bad girl, she becomes rich and inherets money and becomes a bitch, blah, blah, blah. We used to watch Marimar (I think) and we would make SOOO much fun of her wimp son Nandito. He was SOOOOO gay.
I just remembered when I was younger I was OBSSESED with Carrusel de Ninos and Quinceaneras (Thalia was in this).
Posted Mar 9, 2004 @ 11:47 PM
I use to watch it on AZTECA TV when it first aired, after Sailor Moon of course. It had the hairy younger guy (always in white underwear, strange sight) and the older woman with three kids?
And how can no one mention XICA? Hello?!?!?! That was some fine work!
Posted Mar 10, 2004 @ 12:07 AM
Since I only have Univision at this point, I'm pretty limited on novela choices, but I adore Primer Amor. My favorite of all time, however, is a novela from about three years ago called Carita de Angel, about a little girl at a school run by nuns. All the nuns wear pink, and the little girl talks to the ghost of her dead mother, and her dad had a romance with one of the younger nuns and she was forced to kick the habit [pun alert] to be with him. Cute, cute stuff.
Posted Mar 10, 2004 @ 11:21 AM
I was flipping across the channls one day and became entranced by Mario Cimarro who plays Juan. I've had a thing for Antonio Banderas circa Desperado- looking guys for a long time so I was in love. And it helps that he removes his shirt at least once an episode. Then I stopped watching for maybe a month or six weeks and the timeline was like a year later. Norma had had a baby, people were married to different people, etc.
I have to ask, do these shows just go on for years like American soaps, or is it a shorter run? I always see Telemundo commercials for new series, so I figure that they can't last that long.
Posted Mar 10, 2004 @ 10:42 PM
Does anyone remember a novela with Natalia Oreiro called Muneca Brava? I just loved that one mainly because the protagonist wasn't freakin crying all the time. She actually had fun.
I love historical novelas like Corazon Salvaje, Xica, Amor Gitano and Alondra most of which are awesome. Plus Corazon and Alondra had Ana Colchero and she rocks in all of her roles.
I do wonder what everyone thinks of this trend of having so many Eastern European actresses starring in novelas nowadays. So many of them are blond and blue-eyed like Ana Laevska, Joana Benedek and Ludwika Paleta. I know this bothers some people because they say that this causes image problems among latinas.
Posted Mar 11, 2004 @ 4:04 AM
Posted Mar 12, 2004 @ 8:43 PM
The color issue will always be with us. I'm black american & we cause most of of our problems as we try to out black each other. The indigenous plus european layered with the asian/middle eastern cultures make it all colored to me. I enjoy seing the Indian and black people represented. The new world hid a lot of families secrets.
Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 1:32 AM
The last one I was into was
El Manantial. It was awesome. They main girl in that cried in like nearly every episode. I think Adela Noriega who played her. She is usually awesome.
I. Loved. El Manantial. It was so addictive. It was amazing how suspenseful it was for a novela. The scenes between Alfonsina Valdes and Justo Ramirez/Margarita Ramirez always had me the edge of my seat. It was a little frustrating at times, though. Alfonsina just took so much with out slapping anyone. That's what I hate about female leads in novelas, they cry too much and don't slap enough. Although Alfonsina was better than most leading characters.
Usually if one has curiousity in watching a novela (you'd be surprised how many non-spanish speakers do. It's the over dramatic acting that pulls people in. It's hilarious yet gripping.) one should start with one with Adela Noriega (El Manantial). She knows how to pick them. I went to Mexico this summer and for those of you who like period novelas, there was one airing called "Amor Real," which Adela stars in. From what I managed to see, it looked pretty good. Its final episode supposedly pulled in gigantic numbers for Televisa.
Edited by Jaguares, Mar 14, 2004 @ 1:43 AM.
Posted Mar 14, 2004 @ 1:37 AM