Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember how beloved novelas/soap operas were in our home. My Aunt, who was a teacher, would use the VHS to record her favorite stories during the day when she was at work and unable to watch them. In the evening, my sister and I would sit with her captivated by the intriguing characters and their dramatic lives. This is exactly what initially drew me to watching the telenovela Lo Que La Vida Me Robo on Univision, its colorful protagonists and their complicated drama.
My favorite character, and the one whom I can relate to the most, is Montserrat Mendoza. She is the female protagonist who is a a young noble woman, willing to make any sacrifice for her family. Unfortunately, she carries the financial future of her entire family on her shoulders and has to marry into money in order to solve their economic problems. As a result, she is forced to break off her engagement to the man she loves, José Luis, in order to appease her family and marry a man with more promising financial means and social status.
I can relate to Montserrat because I have always felt like I carried the worries of my family on my shoulders too. Whenever any of my family members have been in trouble, they have always looked to me for help and support. Like Montse, there is no sacrifice too big that I am unwilling to make for my family, even if it compromises my own happiness. Add to that the fact that my family is always full of drama and surprises, and Montse and I could practically be sisters! Luckily, I have never had to compromise being with the man I love to pacify my family like she has.
The best thing is that you can practically become best friends with your favorite novelas character by downloading the new Univision interactive app. It allows you to follow along with your favorite protagonist and even sneak some peeks behind the scenes and check out additional footage. This is a wonderful way to get to know and to connect with these characters on another level. You can download the app here!
Tune in to Lo Que La Vida Me Robo weeknights at 9pm on Univision. Can’t wait? You can find a plethora of dramatic clips to keep you busy on their dedicated novelas video page! I guarantee that you will become engrossed in the life of Montserrat Mendoza just like I did. After all, who could pass up a juicy novela?
Let’s Discuss: What do you think makes novelas/soap operas so appealing to viewers?
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