[Writer’s Choice] Telenovelas vs. K-dramas

Yubania Salcedo , Nov. 22, 2017, 1:50 p.m.


I’m Mexican-American and quite the Korean culture enthusiast so I’m exposed to both Korean dramas and telenovelas. I grew up watching telenovelas. As I got older I was introduced to “Boys Over Flowers” by a friend. That is where it all began for me. I soon began binge-watching Korean dramas. I’ve seen over 200 of them and the same can be said for telenovelas. It is why I will be discussing differences among both.


  1. LENGTH:


Telenovelas last around a year since they consist around 200 episodes. ‘Rebelde’ was 440 episodes. K-dramas usually last for 3 months since they are around 24 episodes or less. ‘Surplus Princess’ was 10 episodes.

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2. ACTING:


Some Latin actors seem to overact and exaggerate…While some K-dramas underact.

3. PLOT:

Most novelas end up being about Boy A ending up with Girl B along with the rags to riches story line. K-dramas have unique stories like Coffee Prince that dips into homosexual themes while still presenting a light-hearted love story.

4. LOVE SCENES:


Novelas are known to show A LOT of love making scenes by many roles! K-dramas rarely show bed scenes but if they do they keep it PG and let your imagination do its job.



5. MUSIC:


The music in novelas aren’t as popular as the music used in K-dramas. Mexican novelas for the most part are known for the extremely cheesy music especially for villains. Songs in K-dramas range from k-pop songs to ballads. The songs are really important to the dramas.


6. ENDINGS:


Novelas always have a good ending with the guy and girl getting married. K-dramas sometimes have confusing, sad, and or plain horrible endings.


But despite everything, one thing for sure about Telenovelas and K-dramas is that we cannot live without them! As they keep us entertained and struggling while waiting for the next episode.





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