Amaya has been on the air for at least a month now. Concept-wise, it’s new – in recent history, no network dared to make a historical telenovela. But plot-wise, it’s another matter.
After watching all twenty-plus episodes, it’s clear that Amaya still adheres to a lot of the traditional telenovela tropes. These tropes are:
- Length. Let’s admit it – GMA-7 conveniently coined the “epicserye” term for this show just to generate buzz. In reality all teleseryes are of epic length and often of epic scope. I use epic scope to pertain to the situations orchestrated in a telenovela: exploding buses and amnesia-causing car crashes, people getting mutilated, long lost twins, extreme reversals of fortune and more. Epic can also extend to the characters themselves – they often seem larger than life. There must be at least one character in a series that’s “important”, which brings me to my next point.
- The rich vs. poor, again. Most, if not all, of the antagonists in any teleserye are not just rich – they’re filthy rich and well-connected that they can do anything they want, and they often use that power to orchestrate elaborate plots to kill their opponents. The