Jane the Virgin and the Original TV Show

For many of you Jane the Virgin the CW’s latest drama that revolves around Jane, a virgin, who became pregnant after being artificially inseminated. What an outlandish and original premise, huh? Well, while it’s still outlandish, the premise is not completely original. Jane the Virgin is an american remake of the original Venezuelan telenovela, Juana la Virgen.

Both shows share the same premise, but just about everything else that happens to the Janes is completely different. As someone who has watched both shows I thought it would be fun to point out some of the differences.

To clarify I will be using the original name, Juana to refer to the Venezuelan show, and Jane for the American one. I also haven’t seen past season 2 of Jane the Virgin, so please don’t spoil anything for me. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Love Hamilton

Last November was the first time I heard about Hamilton. You know, that amazingly popular hip-hop musical on Broadway about one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton? It sounds ridiculous and yet, it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever been obsessed about. So amazing in fact, that I’ve been meaning to write a post about it since I started this blog, however, I can’t put my feelings and it’s awesomeness into coherent sentences for you. So far this is the best I can do.

Diversity! The instant I started listening to the album I was shocked because it was the complete opposite of what I was expecting. First, it’s hip-hop and rap and R&B, which is not what you expect from a Broadway musical. Then, I saw the cast and was even more happily surprised to see people of color portraying our very white founding fathers. Lin Manuel Miranda, the genius behind it all, said he wanted the story to be told by the people who make up America today, which happens to be not white people.  Which brings me to my next point…

It’s The Story of the American Dream Told by Today’s America: People always say America was built on immigration and it has been that way ever since the Pilgrims decided to cross the pond. So why not reflect that with today with the immigrant, Alexander Hamilton. It’s a story that hits close to home because as an immigrant I know the sacrificed my parents have made for my sake and my sister’. I know Hamilton’s struggles of becoming someone. I may not aspire to be on the ten dollar bill but I would be content with just receiving my BA in English (for now anyways) and making my parents proud. Which again brings me to my next point…

It’s Still Relevant: One of my favorite parts of the musical is that a lot of the issues our founding fathers faced back in the late 1700s are still relevant. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but it’s true. They mention immigration when Lafayette and Hamilton sing “Immigrants, we get the job done.” I freaked, in a OMG-no-they-didn’t-but-I’m-so-glad-that-they-did way. Which brings me to…

They Don’t Shy Away From Shit: They still mention slavery and the injustice of it all. They mentioned the lack of women’s rights. I find this amazing because why should we hide any of this? It happened there’s no doubt about it and it’s impossible to not acknowledge these things when you have a black man playing Thomas Jefferson. Which reminds me…

The Women Still Kick Ass: In a musical about the 1700s I was afraid the women would be shoved to the background, but I was very wrong. The women in the musical play an important role in Hamilton’s lives as they are his rise and downfall. They come in as strong as the men and come out even stronger through amazing storytelling. Which of course reminds me of…

The Lyrics Are Genius! There’s a reason why this musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The lyrics are a genius combination of today’s words with late 18th century slang. For example in “Ten Duel Commandments” Miranda rhymes the word “ruinous” (such an 18th century word) with the phrase “we’re doin’ this” (which is very common in today’s way of speaking). Not to mention all the witty and punny remarks seen in every single song. Which brings me to my next point…

You Will See Certain Words in a New Light: I think this differs from person to person, but I can’t help but feel the feels whenever I see or hear the word “helpless” or “satisfied.” No matter the context or out of context I see it. Sometimes I even confuse the word hopeless for helpless! Yes, I realize I have a problem, but I blame it on this amazing musical you should ALL at least listen to!

There are a million reasons I can keep listing here, but I think you should watch or listen to the play and find out for yourself.

In Hamilton related news, my awesome sister surprised me with the “Hamiltome” aka Hamilton: The Revolution, a book all about how this amazing production came to be with notes, pictures, and interviews with the cast. Expect a review coming soon, assuming I can write it intelligibly.

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