Drama Lessons Americans Can Learn from Spanish Soap Operas

He bursts through the door, his black hair slicked away from his obsidian eyes, his chest bulging from a torn shirt. And his cheeks flush with the tone of desire.

“Rosa,” he says, “I am in love with you.”

“But, your brother,” she gasps, her lips pursed, begging to be kissed. “We are to be married tomorrow, at sunset.”

“I don’t care! Don’t you know, Rosa?” He glides forward, gripping her fragile arms until she begs him to stop. 

“Don’t Antonio! The pain, I can’t take it!”

“He impregnated your best friend, Rosa!”

Gasp! Shock of horrors. Noooo!

Yea, imagine if YOUR life played out like that. Some hot, Latin hunk whose glistening pectorals bulge from his torn shirt declares his love for you the day your cheating, good-for-nothing fiancé gets some other chick pregnant.

This is why I love Spanish soap operas—and I don’t even speak Spanish.

C’mon American writers! Where’s your sense of drama?

I have a Latin boyfriend. Who’s Guatemalan. And I LOVE it. He and his family introduced me to a whole new definition of the word, “drama.” Mix that with my engrained sense of Jewish humor, and the world is in for a lethal weapon.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love American writing and film and yada yada yada. But seriously, don’t you think we could learn something from the Latin culture?

Here are seven lessons American writers can learn from Spanish soap operas:

  1. No passion? Don’t even bother writing it.
  2. If it doesn’t happen in YOUR life, it’s perfect for the story.
  3. Someone better be crying, while someone else is making love.
  4. It’s OK to use swords in modern-day fights.
  5. Knights in shining armor really do ride in on white horses and sweep women off their feet.
  6. Get sexy. Really, really sexy.
  7. Screaming, yelling, and accusations (especially irrational ones) are a good thing.

OK, so what’s my point here? I’m not telling to you actually start writing Spanish soap operas (per say), but I AM telling you to think about why they’re so popular.

Besides the steamin’ hot guys and girls, of course.

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2 thoughts on “Drama Lessons Americans Can Learn from Spanish Soap Operas

  1. Shari, this post was fun… I’m tempted to inject my writing with raging hormones to Spanish up the drama but I’m an Aussie… My antipodean characters will end up having a huge row, knock a few heads together and spend the rest of the night at the pub – I’ll leave the passion to the Spanish!


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