Televisa Presenta: Telenovelas-Spanish soap operas

Rebelde: Christian, Anahi, Dulce Maria, Alfonso, Maite Perroni, Christopher
Rebelde: Christian, Anahi, Dulce Maria, Alfonso, Maite Perroni, Christopher

When living in America, we tend to watch reality shows, season series, art and history channels, cooking channels, and even sci-fi channels, but what do young adults in Latin America enjoy watching? Although most of the shows presented through American television channels are available to viewers in Latin America, people still prefer watching the famous Telenovelas.

Telenovelas are a Hispanic version of soap operas, but for the most part they tend to be more dramatic, romantic, and passionate. Also, about 90% of actors living in Latin America, gain more fame from participating in Telenovelas, than from filming movies or season series.

Unlike reality shows and season series, Telenovelas can last up to two years, or a maximum of two years and a half.  Also reality shows often times last about 30 minutes a day, while Telenovelas last an hour on a daily schedule. In addition, season series only come out once a week, while Telenovelas are sometimes broadcasted on weekends as well.

Most television broadcasters like Televisa or Univision, tend to show their first Telenovela at around two in the afternoon, because most students are back from school at this particular time.

Young adults, therefore, tend to be watching soap operas early in the afternoon, and spend the rest of the day doing their homework or other activities they might have. Soap operas for young adult viewers contain themes like impossible romances, impossible friendships, young adult dreams, and family values.

Telenovelas for young adults:

The most famous Telenovela for young adults was Rebelde, which was broadcasted all over Latin America and in the United States, from 2004 to 2006. As the title says it, Rebelde, was a Telenovela featuring six rebellious young adults, who always fought against all odds and ends for their dreams.

Their dream was becoming someone important, gaining fame and bringing honor to their families. In addition, they wanted to prove their talents to the rest of the world, by being different than anyone else around them.

Mia, Roberta, Lupita, Miguel, Diego, and Giovanni all attended “Elite Way School,” the most prestigious high school in Mexico.  In this important school, all three girls and three guys, found their passion for music, the love of their lives, and a distinguishable friendship in the entire world. This soap opera motivates viewers into following their dreams, regardless of the struggles along the way, or the many deceptions they might face.

By the end of the two-year long soap opera, Mia and her friends were able to create their own musical band, Rebelde. Their band became a big hit in both the entertainment world, and in the economy of the entire globe.

Soon after the end of the Telenovela, Rebelde, became an actual performing band in the world. Actors, Anahi (Mia,) Christian Chavez (Giovanni,) Dulce Maria (Roberta,) Alfonso Herrera (Miguel,) Maite Perroni (Lupita,) and Christopher Uckermann (Diego,) became famous singers in both the United States and in Latin America, in addition to playing their  roles in the soap opera.

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My name is Ana Palma-Gutierrez, and I am from Mexico City. I first moved to the U.S. when I was seven years old, and the transition into my new life was a very challenging experience for me. I had to learn English in order for me to survive in my new home, and in addition, I had to leave all my friends and family behind in order for me to find a better life. Almost thirteen years have passed by since I first moved to the U.S. and I am very proud of being a Staff Writer and Copy Editor for The Jibsheet. Currently, I am the only Mexican/Hispanic Staff Writer and Copy Editor on staff, and I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment. I want to thank my Editor in Chief (Riley Hartwell,) as well as the rest of my editors for giving me the opportunity of writing and editing for The Jibsheet. I look forward to completing my Arts and Science Degree here at Bellevue College, and transferring onto a four-year college, where I hope to Major in Political Science and Minor in Journalism.