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Jane the Virgin

This show is not entirely in English which is one of the reasons why it’s one of my first recommended shows. This show is in English and in Spanish (with subtitles in English), as it takes place in Miami Florida and follows the lives of 3 Latin women, who are the main characters in this modern telenovela. This is a rarity, given how few shows celebrate strong female roles and gain so much buzz and fans. However, this is just one element that makes the show special. The show explores the twists and turns of the Latin American famous telenovelas while the show itself is a modernized telenovela. It explores the trends of social media, technology and of course, magical realism. The special effects in the show are magical and represent the famous literary movement of magical realism, made famous by many Latin American authors, one of whom is Isabel Allende (who makes an appearance). Magical realism is a genre of literature that depicts fantastical elements that are considered normal in the real world. Yet in the show, it plays a large part of the special effects: walking on air, pages of a manuscript circling in the air while the protagonist is writing her new book, flowers in a vase blooming. Each episode has elements of magical realism in it, making the show even more creative and unique.

The plotline? Jane, a virgin, is accidentally inseminated when going for a routine pap smear from the sister of her old crush and the story goes from there. The Spanish you hear is mostly from Jane’s grandmother, Alba and her father, Rogelio. However, Jane and her mother were born and grew up in the US and speak English, along with the rest of the cast. Therefore, this is a great show to ease into before trying a show that’s entirely in Spanish. It’s funny, smart, it is full of cliff-hangers and has a narrator that is witty and very relatable. All in all, it’s a fabulous show and I hope you love it as much as I do!


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