Moms as protagonistas
Is it just me, or...
are telenovelas moving away from protagonistas who are young, single, and barely employed in favor of women raising children and working their asses off to get things done?
Examples I can think of off the top of my head: La Jefa del Campeón, La Piloto 2, Al Otro Lado del Muro, Caer en Tentación, La Fan, Silvana sin Lana.
Is this really a new trend or has it been going on for a while? Does this make shows more or less appealing to you?
Just to add to the list..
The original Señora Acero (though 2.0 is about to become a mom.)
Yolanda from Querida
I love the new "trend" if that's what it is. I'm finding the shows much more to my liking and sometimes more realistic. Like I mentioned on the Jefa thread, life can be a pretty good antagonist without having to resort to manufactured shenanigans.
I'm not a mom, but I feel like I can identify easier with someone who's not a total noob at life. I don't hate the fairy tales, but I don't want to watch the same "rich boy loves poor girl; rich boy's mom hates poor girl; rich boy and poor girl are separated by a lie; everything is solved in time for a boda in the last episode" formula.
This trend is not only giving us a more contemporary feel, but also a more realistic one.
I like the fairy tale formula that you mentioned @5ftLatina, but we get way too much of it and it starts to feel silly at this point. Some of the elements used for conflict (like say, a way too old fashioned father) don't seem to work any more. Just setting them un a different time period would help. It doesn't even have to be pre-20th century either. Even the 70s of José José worked for some things.
We need more badass grandmas. I still miss Carmen.
This is probably a different subject, but this thread got me thinking...especially after the T'mundo special last night.
I think another reason I'm digging the move to different kinds of programming is that it does give the actors more options. Not just leads. I'm thinking Sergio Goyri and Eduardo Yañez and Luis Gatica. I'm not making sense am I? The less formulaic the more character types available...but I'm not sure how to say it.
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