My Deep Dark Secreto – Telenovelas
Here’s something you may not know about Lisa Pietsch: I love Telenovelas.
That’s right. French-Canadian girl from Maine with the German last name loves Spanish soap operas.
It started in Montana. I’d just left the U.S. Air Force and was finishing up my BA. I needed some electives and, always a fan of foreign languages and speaking French, Russian and a few others, I decided to take Spanish. Early on in the class, I knew I needed a way to reinforce what I was learning, so I cruised the spanish programming on Directv after school and found a telenovela that fit my timetable, Locura de Amor. It’s actually a little creepy if you think about it since a high school student and her teacher hook up – que scandalo! – but the language was simple and I managed to follow it. From then on, I was hooked on the over-the-top dramas.
There are lots of things to love about the telenovela format. The stories have a limited run so there’s always an end in sight, the end is always a Happily Ever After, and – my favorite – the bad guy(s) always go out in a suitably over-the-top dramatic manner. These things make them predictable and formulaic, so the real challenge is for the writers is to add enough twists so the seasoned telenovela viewer is on the edge of their seat wondering how the next beat in the story will happen. You’ll hear a lot of “Ay Dios Mio! How will he get out of this so he can save her in time?” Because we know he’s going to live, we know he’s a hero, and we know they’re going to be together for a happily ever after. That’s just how telenovelas work.
One of my recent favorites was Destilando Amor. It’s the usual story with the usual suspects but it’s centered on the tequila industry. Thus the title “Distilling Love”. I wrote about it for Tequila Aficionado here.
In my next blog, I’ll begin sharing some of my favorites – and the hot guys in them – of course! Stay tuned for the Hot Latinos!