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    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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  1. I would say I can relate to Dominga…discrete and respectable. Me gustan las novelas. I love to get together with my sister and talk about the latest novelas. We get hooked on them.

  2. Maria Alvarado says

    i would say rosario theres so many things i would love to scream out but for the best of others i swallow everything. i love this novela is the best every 🙂

  3. Joanna Sormunen says

    What wonderful memories you have of watching the novelas with your aunt. I hope you can transmit those memories to your own children.

  4. Kimber Ashley says

    Oh that sounds like it would really suck me in! I just can’t resist the drama haha! I can’t believe there is even an app. Love that!

  5. I remember my ex mother in law used to watch soap operas on the Spanish channel every night. She is Portuguese and didn’t actually speak Spanish, but she said it was close enough LOL. I think she watched them to escape life and relax for an hour.

  6. chubskulit says

    I used to watch telenovela but when my kids took ownership of the TV, not anymore lol. I have some shows that I like watching though, I watch it online.

  7. Veronica Solomon says

    Gotta love these soaps. I used to watch them long time ago. Not sure I could sit through one now, but they are always so intriguing

  8. Debra Hall says

    i have never seen this ,but it sounds like something i might enjoy watching

  9. We used to watch soap operas when we were kids too! My grandfather still loves to watch them 😀

  10. This is something I have to share with my mom – she loves these stuff.

  11. mail4rosey says

    There have been times I’ve felt that weight on my shoulders, for sure.

  12. Man, I used to be so addicted to soap operas when I was in high school. Days of Our Lives was my show of choice. I lived for summer vacation and days off just to tune in lol.

  13. I used to watch the novelas when I lived in Puerto Rico! They were addicting for sure! Great to know there is an app for them too! Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. I’ve never gotten into novelas/soap operas but I love novels with similar plots!

  15. Jennifer Williams says

    I am like you and would be Montserra, I think it is a mom thing we always try to take on the world for our loved ones and keep them from pain and hardship. Thank you for the giveaway, i will share this app with a friend, she will love it.

  16. I think the ongoing nature of soaps really hook people in. I watched for many years, it was just neat to see people grow up and change.

  17. cheidy moya says

    I love the novela. Wao monserrat is beautiful,strong and lovely.

  18. I used to love soaps as a teen I only really watch one now – I found watching them all a little to depressing really there was always someone dying, someone breaking up – you can never be happy in the world of soaps. x

  19. SarahMarie Jerome says

    I used to watch soap when my kids were first born before going to work… I would have to say I relate to Montserrat Mendoza the most. she struggles to support her family n has to give up the love of her life in order to provide for them… It is sad she has to choose between her family n the one she truly loves…

  20. I love the character of Montserrat

  21. Gilda Campos says

    I love the character of Montserrat since she is sure of herself and and no one does not fear anything

  22. Alvina Castro says

    Montserrat is the character who I most relate to. She is going through a lot of things at once that are very stressful. Plus she has her dads health on her shoulders and I can deeply relate to that. Plus shes strong and kind and tries to find happiness in her life regardless the obstacles.

  23. kelly Nicholson says

    Which character from “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo” do you most identify with?

    never saw it..ill get back to you..

  24. kelly Nicholson says

    Download the UVideos App above and tell us Which is your favorite character on “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo?

    Dominga looks like a fun character

  25. Carol Yemola says

    I relate to the character of Montserrat. I am going thru a lot of health issues right now and she has a lot on her plate as well. We’ll tough it out together! She gives me hope.

  26. Michelle D. Johnson Garrett says

    I think the novelas / soap operas are so popular because the characters and situations are so relatable. They come on each day and the characters become friends and family.

  27. MommyPowers! says

    Montserrat. I’m the one people turn to for help. I enjoy being able to support others and feel blessed that I can help out.

  28. I remember my best friends grandmother watching novelas. My spanish was not so good, but I always remember being drawn to them. She would never go anywhere until her show was done.

  29. tatertot374 says


  30. Montserrat is the character i most identify with, thanks so much for the giveaway

  31. I haven’t watched this but from some google search it seems as though Montserrat would be most women and includes me – People come to me for advice and i carry the weight on my shoulders

  32. Kay Adeola says

    I love soap operas we have a few over here that i watch everyday.

  33. i’ve never watched a novella but i know lots of people who do this would be fun for them will pass it on

  34. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    Montserrat Is The Character I Relate To The Most, Strong, Independent, Kind Always There For Others.

  35. Lean Lacaba says

    I don’t really like to watch these series. Mostly because I don’t have the time

  36. I have never seen this show but I do watch a soap opera every day! I love The Bold and The Beautiful…. Just love it! I love the drama.. I think I watch it so I can keep the drama out of my life.. I’ll let the girls on the tv have it~!

  37. Monique Rizzo says

    Montserrat. I am going through a lot right now and I feel a connection to that character.
    Thanks for the chance.
    [email protected]

  38. Charro Mojica says

    I have traits of Montserrat, but my loyalty to love outweighs my love for money. I am more likely to be optimistic about solving financial woes by other means than sacrifice happiness. But that is not good entertainment!!Ha! 😉

  39. Tracy Iglesias says

    Montserrat for me as well, I have a tough burden financially so I can certainly understand her. But she is definitely making a sacrifice I wouldn’t be prepared to make! But that rock in a hard place position is what makes for good drama!

  40. Rebecca Williams Parsons says

    I think Montserrat is the one as well. I always feel my family needs to be taken care of no matter what sacrifices I have to make I will do it for my family.

  41. Kathy Cavanagh Dalton says


  42. Mendoza Monstserrat is my favorite character because she makes sacrifices for her family.

  43. Ferdinando Valencia because he’s easy on the eyes. haha I haven’t watched this yet but I’m going to start – sounds like a good show!!

  44. Outrun1986 says

    I relate most to Montserrat because I am loyal and optimistic.

  45. serrao joselina says

    NO me pierdo la novela Montserrat es una d emis favoritas, porque a pesar de que tiene dos amores sufre un verdadero amor, beuno soy adicta a ls novelas!!!

  46. Claudia Gomez says

    I love Alejandro. He is a smart boy. Montserrat’s loyal is amazong and her optimist also.

  47. Michelle Hamilton says

    I have big dreams, but lack the will to land them.

  48. Es mi novela favorita 🙂

  49. From your description, it seems I would identify with Monserrat. I don’t watch this, though, so that’s my best guess.

  50. Btty M' Ruiz says

    esmeralda like 🙂

  51. Daysi Morales says

    I love the character of Montserrat

  52. Tammy Shelton says

    I’ve never watched Lo Que La Vida Me Robo. I wish I could speak Spanish because these characters look pretty interesting. I wish they cam with subtitles because they look just as good if not better than American soap operas. I’m sure I could identify with the character you described: Montserrat Mendoza because she’s a strong woman, just like me.

  53. Thomas Murphy says

    I most identify with Montserrat Mendoza. Looks like a great show!

  54. AmandaSakovitz says

    I mostly identify with Mendoza Monstserrat
    because she is strong.

  55. My favorite character is Alejandro! I don’t watch telenovelas very often but I can’t help but sneak at a peak when at my favorite hole in the wall mexican food joint which has them blaring. Such a fun guilty pleasure!

  56. My favorite character is Montserra. She is strong and beautiful. I can relate to her because she is loyal and smart and independent and cares about others. Great characte. Great show.
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  57. I really like Montserra. He is my fave character.

  58. I like Maria Valdez. She is a sensitive character, a bit pretentious, but strong and no nonsense.

  59. Jean Brinkley says

    I don’t know this show, but based on what you wrote in the post, I would say I relate to Montserrat. I’m a working mom and my mind never stops working. There’s just so much to worry over and manage.

  60. i most relate to montserrat because i would do anything for my family as well.

  61. My favorite character is Montserra. I am willing to sacrifice when it comes to my family.

  62. cheidy moya says

    My favorite character is Monserrat. She’s strong, sweet and friendly.

  63. My favorite character from Lo Que La Vida Me Robo is Mendoza Montserrat – I most identify with her because she’s strong yet sensitive.

  64. My favorite character definitely is Monserrat, she’s sweet, but at the same time is strong.

  65. Betsy Barnes says

    My favorite character from Lo Que La Vida Me Robo is Mendoza Montserrat. She is very strong and very sweet! 🙂

  66. AshleyTucker says

    Montserrat Mendoza is who I most identify with because she is a strong woman. She is also sweet.

  67. BohemianBabushka says

    Who else could BB like besides MM? Not only is she a real woman, but double letter initials. Ya gotta ♥ a woman like that! ; ) BB2U

  68. Christine M says

    Honestly, I have never watched this show. I hope that doesn’t disqualify me. Thank you.

  69. Christine M says

    entered Coffee Mate giveaway

  70. Elizabeth Owens says

    I can most relate to Montserrat Mendoza because she is a strong woman that would do anything for the one’s that she loves. I like to think of myself as having those characteristics!

  71. My favorite character is Monserrat. She seems like a sympathetic protagonist, and she’s beautiful, too!

  72. Wanda Clark says

    I would have to go with Nadia. She can start out as a great person but push her buttons and look out. I can be two totally different people when I have be. I can hold my tongue and walk away but I don’t forget. I hope she gets to be with her love.

  73. I have never seen this show, so I can’t really say which one I am more like. Thanks so much for this giveaway though.

  74. Mendy Dinsmore says

    I have not seen this show. The review you did makes me think of myself as Monserrat. My family always depended on me to hold things together after my Mother couldn’t anymore.

  75. I’ve never seen the show before but it looks like a lot of good drama! I will have to check it out, love a good soap!

  76. I, too identify with Monserrat. And I DID have to compromise my true love for the family’s sake. : ( And I think that novelas are so appealing for just that reason – all of us can find someone we identify strongly with. Montse, la mejor, sin dudo!

  77. Well really none of them but If i have to pick I would say Nadia. Why because I like her name.

  78. I would relate to My favorite character is Monserrat !!

  79. I have never seen this show, so I can’t say which one I most identify with.

  80. My favorite character and the person I most identify with is Mendoza Monstserrat because she places family above all else.

  81. Betty Curran says

    I think we watch them to escape the ordinary life we believe we have. I’m sure almost any of us could come up with enough situations to make a soap opera (with some embellishment). I’ve never watched “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo” because I don’t speak Spanish.

  82. I can identify with Montserrat because she is willing to sacrifice for the well being of the family. I just didn’t relate with the other characters too much.

  83. Janet Watson says

    I’ve actually never seen the show before, so I can’t say which one I identify with the most. However, this looks like it’s full of drama and reminds me of my family!

  84. Janet Watson says

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  85. Halation2 . says

    Mendoza Monstserrat for sure. She’s so strong,caring, and loves her family so much.

  86. Tara Carlson says

    I’ve never had to marry someone I didn’t love for my family’s sake, but I’ve definitely had to make sacrifices, so I’d say I identify with Mendoza Monstserrat the most.

  87. Tara Carlson says

    I also entered the Coffeemate giveaway. 🙂

  88. I have not seen the show so I could not name a character. However after reading your post, I think I could relate to Montserrat Mendoza.

  89. Casey Lynn says

    i personally have not seen the show, so im not sure who i would identify with! Mendoza looks like a strong woman, so if i had to say someone, it would be her!

  90. I think I would most identify with Mendoza, she is a strong and loving lady.

  91. Galena Penrod says

    Mendoza sounds cool

  92. Elizabeth Curson says

    Definately Mendoza. I can see a lot of her personality in myself.

  93. I have not seen this show yet, but I really do like the Mendoza character. I love that she is a beautiful, smart, strong lady. Julie [email protected]

  94. LIDARKSIDE says

    I have never heard of this show. We don’t really watch much television.

  95. paigechandler says

    I like Mendoza. She is very colorful and that is very apealing

  96. Danielle Wood says

    I like medoza. She is beautiful. Looking forward to getting into the show.

  97. Courtney Bella says

    i really like nadia. i think shes super pretty and should be the main character on the show.

  98. It would be Mendoza since she is just so strong

  99. Stephanie Larison says

    I am going to say I’m most like Montserrat Mendoza because she’s a strong woman.

  100. Nicole Ann Newby says

    I would say I relate most to Mendonza because she is beautiful and empowered.

  101. Danalee Davis says

    I definitely relate to Montserrat because I am very helpful to my family. I am a wife and mom so I feel like I keep everyone going and they depend on me a lot.

  102. Claudia C. Davis says

    Mendoza. Mendoza is a strong and powerful as well as confident which I feel I am as well.

  103. Jaime Cummings says

    I relate most to Montserrat Mendonza because she is beautiful and strong .

  104. the character that i most identify with is Montserrat Mendoza because she cares about family!

  105. I would say Montserrat Mendoza, because I have made a lot of sacrifices for my family, (only they never appreciated it at all)

  106. I would also say I am like Montserrat Mendoza, because I am young and have made sacrifices for my family

  107. I’m most like Montserrat Mendoza because everything I do is for the good of my family.

  108. Tanya Bartlett says

    The character I identify with the most is Montserrat Mendoza because of all of the stuff she does for her family.

  109. Montserrat Mendoza because I have made a lot of sacrifices for my family

  110. I feel like I can relate to Mendoza the most because she is a strong lady that looks out for her family.

  111. Montserrat Mendoza because I have made a lot of sacrifices for my family

  112. Laurajj Jacobson says

    Oh my favorite is Montserrat! Sometimes I feel like I make decisions based on the families needs….rather than my heart too!

  113. Derek Timm says

    I don’t really feel I can relate to any of them, but would most be able to relate to Montse

  114. I don’t know if I relate to any of them but I really LOVE Alejandro!! yum lol

  115. I have never seen the show so honestly I do not have a favorite as of yet.


  116. I would go with María Zamudio because she very attractive to my eye

  117. krystal wethington says

    I actually dont have a favorite but maybe Montserrat Mendoza.

  118. Karen Drake says

    I haven’t seen the show but after reading your review I want to. Montse sounds like a character I could indentify with, I gave up the love of my life but unlike the character it wasn’t for my family but for other what I thought were practical reasons. I am looking forward to watching the show..

  119. Erica Carnes says

    I guess I would say Mendoza. What a strong woman!

  120. tinareynolds says

    I think they are appealing because it is fantasy drama. I live a life with no drama but is fun to watch such a crazy life

  121. I haven’t seen the show yet but from what you’ve reviewed i can relate the same. Montserrat is who i am most like as i a the resident Mom.

  122. Jill Myrick says

    I identify the most with Alejandro. I am loyal to what I believe in and stand strong. But can also be strong willed when the need calls for it.


  123. Danielle Sweetie Hall says

    id have to say Mendoza because shes so strong and committed

  124. Mj Gardner says

    I would identify most with Mendoza Monstserrat, I think. Mainly because she is a strong woman who is dedicated to her family.

  125. Shauntea Crutcher says

    Although I have never watched the show I would have to say Montserrat Mendoza. I’m the oldest child and mother of six, so whenever someone has a problem they come to me. I always put my family’s needs before my own.

  126. I have never seen the show before. Your description makes me think that I would also identify most to Montserrat.

  127. susansmoaks says

    i relate the most to mendoza, she is just like me, a strong woman! i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

  128. From the little I know of the show I would have to say that María Zamudio would be my favorite character.

  129. I have never seen the show before, so I couldnt really say for sure, but from your description I would say Mendoza Monstserrat because my family comes first for me too.

  130. I haven’t watched this show but from Your review, I like to be Mendoza Monstserra because she’s a nice and strong woman!
    Thank You

  131. Alona Young says

    I have never seen this show, I would guess that I relate most to Monstserra also because as a mom my family always comes first.

  132. Karrie Millheim says

    I have yet to see the show. but from what I read, I am going to love Mendoza Monstserra, I love strong women

  133. mariem howard says

    i haven’t seen this either. i like how glossy the film looks, btw. i can’t answer as to my favorite- but your let’s discuss q: i think people watch soaps as a form f escapism.

  134. I have not seen the show at this point, so I don’t know who I identify with. However, I think that I might enjoy the character of Graciela Giacinti de Mendoza, as I do enjoy a bit of dramatics and conflict.

  135. i can relate to Montserrat because of the strength and the family burden that is taken on by Montserrat

  136. honeypie411 says

    I can relate to Montserrat, who seems like such a strong character and had struggled so much. I want to see this show !
    Julie Hawkins

  137. I identify with Monstserra because she is so strong-willed and independent.

  138. Lisa Pecora says

    I have not seen the show but my guess right now is Mendoza Monstserra. She seems like a nice lady who fights for what she believes in.

  139. kristinwilkinson says

    Montserrat: I like women who are strong and bold and independent. Not mean, but passionate.

  140. I have never seen this. I don’t have a TV.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  141. I can’t download the app because I don’t have a device to do it on.

    slehan at juno dot com

  142. I really love the character Montserrat. I feel like she is a strong woman. This year I have made many changes for the better of my family which have not been easy. I can really relate to her more than any other character.

  143. Barb Stenby says

    Novellas are juicy and keep you wanting more.

  144. I never seen this because I don’t watch much TV

  145. jasminevine says

    I would identify most with Esmerelda Ramos. She is a person who dreams big, but she is unable to make her dreams come true. (I am logged into Rafflecopter as Patrice.)

  146. kathy pease says

    I would say Montserrat Mendoza because my family comes first and I would do anything for them. They are my life and I would never let anyone hurt them as I love them with all my heart and soul

  147. Jessica Rose says

    Refugio Solares, because his best quality is loyalty, and I consider myself to be a very loyal person.

  148. Esmerelda is the character that I most identify with. She is a dreamer.

  149. I identify with Monstserra because she is a strong, bold and independent women.

  150. Kat Emerick says

    I haven’t seen this show because I don’t get the channel. sorry

  151. Paula Tavernie says

    I have not seen but I believe Monstserra is a very strong willed woman!!

  152. lilshuga2001 says

    I have yet to see the show, but I think I would relate to Monsterra as well 🙂 INDEPENDANT 🙂

  153. i am mot like the character Monstserra. Strong willed

  154. allison.bahr says

    Monstserra is strong just like the female that I am!

  155. Leslie Davis says

    I haven’t able to watch it yet so can’t say but from what you say would enjoy the show.

  156. I have to admit I have not seen this show. I don’t have much time to watch TV these days. We always have some project going. I do get out to a movie once in awhile.

  157. Chitownchica says

    Like you I probably identify with Montse the most, as would my mother. Something about everything in the family falling on the shoulders of the women. Heck, even my older brothers and cousins call me when they find themselves in a pickle or just need to know how to get the stain out of something.

  158. I havent watched it yet, but I cant wait to see it!!

  159. Angela Newsome says

    I think my personality and outlook on life is more like Esmerelda’s!

  160. I have never seen the show but it sounds like something I would like watching.

  161. Kelly McGrew says

    i have never seen the show but i’d imagine i identify with Grettell

  162. amber johnson says

    I have not seen this show before. I feel like I would say that I am similar with Montserrat Mendoza. Shes a strong women. Im a type of person who puts others needs before mine own.

  163. amy deeter says

    Monstserra is a strong person inside and out.never seen the show

  164. Buddy Garrett says

    My wife identifies with Montserrat. She is strong and independent. My wife was a single parent. She had to make her own way in America.

  165. Lyndsey R. says

    I would say I am most like Monstserra. She is an independent woman. She also always puts others needs before her own and I definatly do that as well.

  166. Estella miller says

    I haven’t seen the show, however I believe I would identify with Monstserra. her independence, strength and compassion stand out to me.

  167. I have never actually seen the show myself. However from what I have read I would have to say Montserrat due to the fact of being a strong personality and she seems to have a very outspoken attitude.

  168. Monstserra is the character I can relate most to, she is such a strong person. I like to think I am like her in that way. She is so strong minded,

  169. amysmeltzer says

    Honestly I have never heard of the show until right now.

  170. I’ve actually never seen the show. The last time I saw novelas, was when my Grandmother was still alive and I was a very young child, probably starring
    Verónica Castro.

  171. I have never seen this the show. I think i can identify with Montserrat as well.

  172. Thanks for the giveaway…our favorite is Angelique Boyer who plays Montserrat Mendoza Giacinti de Almonte; a beautiful actress who was born in France, her family moved to Mexico when she was a tween.

  173. I’ve never seen it but I’d identify with Montserrat

  174. trisha mckee says

    Daniela. I have never seen the show but from the description, i think it fits me best. I can be pretty dark at times.

    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

  175. Montserrat because she would do anything for the benefit for her family

  176. I entered the google nexus giveaway also

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