is it time to change the themes of our teleserye?

Philippines
December 10, 2012 7:58am CST
hi mylots. when i was attending my class today there was a certain topic my teacher had shared unto us that struck me out of my seat and let my head nod. according to my teacher . the "teleseryes" here in our country has a theme that never vanishes, and that is the comparison between the rich and the poor. this theme was specially evident on the time when the rising of telenovela from mexico made its way to philippine telivisions. now a days it still evident in the series "ina, anak , kapatid"o r even in the afternoon shows that i rarely see. it is always a notion in these "teleseryes" that it is better to be poor and have a peaceful life rather than to be rich and have a chaotic life. due to this notion the people of our country , who is fond of watching these teleserye , come to realize that they do not want to be rich anymore therefore they wont strive and give out their best to be rich. in which my teacher says is bad for this country, and i agree with my teacher what do you think? is it time to change the themes of our teleseryes?
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11 responses
@kenshin2143 (1882)
• Philippines
11 Dec 12
Concluding such notions in accordance with the Filipino Teleseryes is something big that is not proven yet. But as for the themes, I find it very predictable already making it very boring. In addition to such themes, teenage relationships is also very evident in Filipino themes as well as third party relationships. I really do not understand why such korny things are patronized by Filipinos.
• Philippines
12 Dec 12
I agree with you. I do not appreciate how they always put up a teenage love story in most of the television series. This is not a good influence to the kids. I have a cousin who is just 12 years old, and she's giggling every time she's watching the love story in the drama series of her favorite young star. She had a boyfriend for a very young age.
@nat1_ong (150)
• Guam
11 Dec 12
For me, there is nothing wrong on the theme of Philippine soap opera in the new century. The rich and poor concept of dramas for some is actually interesting and can opt morale and humane act of working so hard and dreaming big to achieve the goal. Televiewers will be so inspired to watch those kind of films because it will instill in them the sense of planning ahead for their future and turning on to God when something goes wrong. As we watch carefully, we know that villains and protagonist portray bad roles and at the end they were punished by destiny. "KARMA" to the fact that every wrong or bad thing done to any person will in the end pay you triple badlucks and unfortunate events. Actually, I really don't like the fact that there is crimes and that some of the villains want to kill the protagonist for what? MONEY? and LOVE?. You know, I just like simple and light dramas which connotes a poor girl or a poor boy struggling for her future and later on succeeded because of his hardship and because somebody rich helped him or her. Then eventually the story when on that someone who helped him or her is actually someone destined to love you or will be a part of your life. I liked those kind of concepts. I'm a type of person who loves to watch Koreanovelas. All of them actually is very light and so romantic with a good twist but sometimes unrealistic. I am a Filipino but I recommend fastasy and unrealistic concepts of romantic dramas too. The one that is unusual to happen in real life. Cheers to dramas. Keep the viewers dreaming big
• Philippines
11 Dec 12
can opt morale and humane act of working so hard and dreaming big to achieve the goal. Televiewers will be so inspired[b][/b] Any kind of programming and entertainment is escapism, even Koreanovelas. You might be inspired and all that but the main reason they are shown and patronage by the public is that they make the public feel better about their current state. it's not a revolutionary or propaganda. That's the reason why they are called entertainment in the first place.
@jenny1015 (13391)
• Philippines
11 Dec 12
Teleseryes survive because they are the reflection of our everyday lives. People who watch them gets to see their own experiences come alive and would somehow probably get an idea on how to make their lives better as shown in the teleseryes. I do not think that with the common theme being presented would make those people to struggle less to become rich. It depends on how the people interpret them. Each situation is different from the others. And I do not think that some people would just be contented with just what they are now.
• Philippines
11 Dec 12
You are right that they reflect the lifestyle of the majority of the populace. But in the end and what really matter is that it is a story – a story meant to be as an entertainment and sometimes, a form of escapism. Sure, there are a ton of similar or related experiences but everything in that teletype will be true. For one, it is much scripted. Life isn’t.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
10 Dec 12
Teleseryes exaggerate the difference between rich and poor. Worse is that they stereotypically depict the rich as 'bad' people while the poor as being the 'good' ones. I'm for a change in theme to a more realistic depiction of the lives of Filipinos.
• Philippines
11 Dec 12
I second that. Too much drama clouded even in our entertainment industry and products. Hardly soemtihng new, either.
@SIMPLYD (76639)
• Philippines
15 Dec 12
It's not that some people doesn't want to get rich anymore my friend. It's just that they just are lazy to work harder so as to become rich someday. I think generally the people wants to get rich someday. Who wouldn't want to have comforts in life?
@zurichann (235)
• Philippines
12 Dec 12
I don't really think that poverty here in the Philippines has something to do with our television series, though I must admit that there are lots of things I do not like about them. Moreover, things will always depend on how an individual will perceive about it. Yes, it may probably shows that the life of a poor person is quite more peaceful than of rich men. But most of the time those poor main characters will end up as a rich man's daughter, son or grandchild at the end of the story(which is always the happy ever after part). So, the conclusion is now contradicted. And besides, this shouldn't be use as an excuse for not having a goal or wanting to be successful. It doesn't take to be a genius for one to know that in order to get what you want, you have to work hard.
@Shavkat (50202)
• Philippines
12 Dec 12
The teleseryes in our country is just only a cycle or even a recycle. The story repeats itself, it is modified but with the same plot. Great day!
@ungu89 (2001)
• Malaysia
11 Dec 12
common theme. the rich one always the bad, the poor always the good. haha they beauty is the bad, the ugly one is the good. ahahah maybe its true, maybe its not. but it certainly inspired by the writer to write to story. so, mean it can happen in really life. maybe the percentage is higher compare to the vice versa of it. but it just an entertainment. so, why do u become one. and change the theme. always think out of the box when writing
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
11 Dec 12
I think those Teleseryes do not want to portrays in that way. Of course, all of us want a luxurious way of life and we are striving hard so that we can be rich in the future so I think it does affect our point of views about being rich. I can say that even the poor do not have a peaceful life. I cannot see anything wrong about those Teleseryes except for crying scenes always.
• Philippines
11 Dec 12
In my opinion, it’s high time that we ( I guess it pertains more to the network executives) do. I mean, why do you think that many people go gaga over Korean dramas (except for the actors). They make quality dramas and they don’t skimp on the process. They want to give a good show even with an escapist plot. There is a lot of variety which is somewhat debatable in Phil drama (except for 100 days, Binondo girl and other genres suddenly propping up). Also, expect that somebody form the rival network will copy it soon enough. Korean drams here in the Phil gets rehashed and reshow and sometimes it flops because there is definitely no originality and no twist. Same old story. If people don’t get bored over this, it’s their choice but I was bored a long time ago. Teleserye have their own themes and tropes (that never die) but it doesn’t make them of a very quality standard or adaptable to many audiences. They are just fed into the audience because it is what the majority of the audience want – which in reality is escapism. Really? I thought teleseryes is always about one rich family abusing a poor family and revenge gets allover the place. Somehow, romance gets thrown in because we have a lot of romantics here.
@cessybear (223)
• Philippines
10 Dec 12
Yes, our professor discussed this things to our Introduction to Media class. But I don't think Filipinos want to be poor just because they want to follow the peaceful and happy lives of the characters in television. I mean, no one wants to be poor. Everyone is willing to work the hardest just to get their family a stable life. The only problem is, many Filipinos don't have the chance to work, because the lack of job opportunities. But if they will have the chance, they will do it. So I don't think the teleseryes must be change. It is our culture after all. :D