Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in by O. Hugo Benavides

By O. Hugo Benavides

cleaning soap opera speaks a common language, proposing characters and plots that resonate a ways past the tradition that creates them. Latin American cleaning soap operas—telenovelas—have came across enthusiastic audiences through the Americas and Europe, in addition to in Egypt, Russia, and China, whereas Mexican narco-dramas became hugely renowned between Latinos within the usa. during this first complete research of telenovelas and narco-dramas, Hugo Benavides assesses the dynamic function of melodrama in developing significant cultural photos to provide an explanation for why those genres became such a success whereas extra elite cultural productions are declining in popularity.Benavides bargains shut readings of the Colombian telenovelas Betty l. a. fea (along with its Mexican and U.S. reincarnations l. a. fea más bella and unpleasant Betty), Adrián está de visita, and Pasión de gavilanes; the Brazilian ancient telenovela Xica; and various Mexican narco-drama movies. Situating those melodramas inside of concrete historic advancements in Latin the US, he exhibits how telenovelas and narco-dramas serve to unite peoples of varied nations and supply a voice of uprising opposed to often-oppressive governmental structures. certainly, Benavides concludes that as probably the most powerful and profitable industries in Latin the US, telenovelas and narco-dramas play a key function within the ongoing reconfiguration of social identities and renowned culture.

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