Today in class we had the extreme privilege of getting to speak directly with 2 incredible people in the Telenovela world - Mónica Montañés and Roberto Stopello.
Today was unfdoubtedly one of my favorite days thus far in the semester. It was honestly a little surreal that these two people were willing to take time out of their busy lives to talk to a group of college kids in Athens, Georgia. So, in my blog post, I want to talk about the number one thing to stand out to me that each person said.
During our conversation with Mónica, she said that her inspiration when writing comes from real life. I know she said alot of incredible things, but this left a mark on me. I think it stood out to me because when watching telenovelas, the first thing I think is "there's no way this could ever happen in real life." The dramatic nature of the shows usually lend me to think anything but real life. But, as I thought about this comment today, I realized that it's not that surprising that her inspiration comes from real life. When it comes down to it, these shows are usually about some sort of social issue or crazy tragedy that while very dramatic, still at the end of the day, these shows are about people's lives.
The most impactful thing that I heard during our conversation with Roberto Stopello was when he discussed the fact that he writes for young people because he has to essentially work to convince them to watch TV instead of just Netflix. This resonated with me because this must be a hard job! I know personally I, for the most part, just watch Netflix. For me to turn on actual TV, something really good has to be airing. I cannot imagine the pressure of having to write a show that is intriguing enough to get a very anti-regual TV generation to turn off Netflix and turn on cable.
I learned so much today and cannot wait for our conversations next week!