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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Francesca

Jane The Virgin: One of the Most Creative, Funny, and Heartwarming Shows I Have Ever Watched

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

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Sitting at a traffic light, I see a big bus pull out in front of me. As I sit calmly in my car, I read the words that are spread across the bus exterior, "Jane the Virgin." My first thoughts consisted of confusion, excitement, and itch to know more about this show! Time went on, and I eventually began watching the first season on Netflix. After the first episode, I was HOOKED. I watched the whole season in a matter of no time.

Now, I do love many tv series, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, etc. Jane the Virgin stands out in my library of enjoyable shows for many reasons. To start, the show is an Americanized telenovela, that parallels the traditional telenovela story points, which means it is packed with drama, suspense, and witty humor. (Fun Fact: This show was actually created as a Venezuelan telenovela called Juana la Virgen, and was later adapted into the American show I am discussing).That idea by itself is creative and interesting because it allows an audience of people unfamiliar to telenovela's to get a taste of what they are like, as well as intriguing the avid telenovela watchers to enjoy something similar to a traditional telenovela- increasing the size of the audience!

The narrator is such a pivotal contributor to this show. He is as opinionated as a narrator should never be, and that is what's so powerful! It keeps the show light, even when that episodes topic may include artificial insemination, or the track record of a female drug lord, or even the love triangle of a man and a woman and the woman's dead husband who wasn't really dead after all!

Jane Villanueva, played by Gina Rodriguez, is a sweet, family loving, writer who finds herself accidentally artificially inseminated. From that starting place, how could one not think this show is going to be as gripping as it gets? Jane's will to push through every bump in the road that comes her way (literally and metaphorically), is what makes this show the heartwarming tale that it is. The relationship's she makes with her father Rogelio de la Vega (Jamie Camil), her ex-husband Michael Cordero Jr. (Brett Dier), her current fiancée and baby-daddy Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni), and even Petra Solano (Yael Grobglas), former foe and Rafael Solano's ex-wife, are an amazing indicator as to the kind and friendly character of Jane.

Villanueva's passion for writing is also something that drags me into the story on a deeper level. I enjoy writing myself, and have used writing and other forms of art to express myself. The battles and set-backs that Jane endures often come with inspiring messages of hope for those fighting to make their dreams a reality. For me, filmmaking and all aspects of the film and tv world, are what I am fighting for. When I watch the drive that Rodriguez portrays through Jane's character, it inspires me to fuel my own drive toward my goals. I actually just finished the latest episode this afternoon, Season 5 Episode 13, which led me to write this post.

One other aspect that I thoroughly enjoy, are the little fantasies that are regularly shown each episode, and the many animations that appear on screen and relate to the story at that time. These details give a fun and child-like feel to the show and breaks the tension of the scene, and goes along well with the narrator's vivid opinion of the characters and situations. This break of fluidity is, in my eyes, a big wrong that is done completely right! It makes the show bright and exciting and I say that it is a big wrong because it contradicts the style of Jane the Virgin. This show is not a cartoon, or even a strictly goofy show, which is why this juxtaposition in editing works so well.

It makes me sad to know that this season of Jane the Virgin has been announced as its last. This show is unlike many other shows that are currently on television, in my opinion. I am thankful to have been able to enjoy such a fantastic series through the 5 seasons that have been created and I encourage everyone to check this show out! It does not disappoint!

~Francesca Reviews

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