Doña Bárbara is over. This is a telenovela that brought many "hits" to a post I wrote in this blog, (particularly to its version in English). This telenovela was very interesting to me for several reasons:
- It's the adaptation in long format(191 episodes) of a literary novel that doesn't have enough dramatic situations for such lenght. Hence, writer Valentina Párraga did magic in her immense effort to reign the storylines of her telenovela.
- The telenovela was particularly successful in the U.S. market as it gathered loyal fans who followed every episode.
- It was the perfect telenovela to watch at the same time I was studying Venezuelan telenovela La Vida Entera. Both provided fodder for constant comparisons among them, which were very productive for my research process. Both telenovelas included women in positions of power and authority in environments dominated and defined by men. Both telenovelas developed well a number of secondary plots.
- Doña Bárbara has high production values and is an excellent example of the "Telemundo model."