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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Refimprove |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} A telenovela ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} or {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}};<ref>Telenovela | Define Telenovela at Dictionary.com. Dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.</ref> Spanish: [telenoˈβela], European Portuguese: [ˌtɛlɛnuˈvɛlɐ]), Brazilian Portuguese: [ˌtɛlenoˈvɛla]) is a type of limited-run serial drama and popular on Europe, West Asian, Southeast Asian, Latin American, East Asian, South Asian, Arab World, Brazil, Portuguese and Spanish television networks. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão (Spanish and Portuguese words for television), and novela, a Spanish and Portuguese word for "novel".<ref>The word for "novel" in Portuguese is "romance", so "telenovela" should be "teleromance" in Brazil. But due to the popularity of the Spanish term, it was adopted in Portuguese-speaking countries, which helped fuel confusion between the novel and novella literary forms ("novela" is the word for "novella" in Portuguese).</ref> There are similar genres to the telenovela that use the novela format, but go by varying names including Teleserye (Philippines), Téléroman (Canada, specifically Quebec), or simply dramas (Asia from East Asia to the Arab World).

Telenovelas are different from soap operas in that they rarely continue for more than a year.<ref>Paula Andaló, "Love, Tears, Betrayal...and Health Messages," Perspectives in Health Magazine: The Magazine of the Pan American Health Organization. vol. 8, no. 2, 2003</ref> This makes them shorter than soap operas, but still much longer than serials. The telenovela combines drama with the 19th-century feuilleton, and naturally evolved from the Latin American radionovela, according to Blanca de Lizaur.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The medium has been used frequently by authorities in various countries to transmit sociocultural messages, by incorporating them into storylines,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> which has decreased their credibility and audiences in the long run.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} Mexico was a pioneer in the 1970s and 80s using telenovelas to shape behavior, and particularly successful in introducing the idea of family planning.<ref>Gabriela Soto Laveaga, "'Let's become fewer': Soap operas, contraception, and nationalizing the Mexican family in an overpopulated world." Sexuality Research and Social Policy. September 2007, vol. 4,, no. 3 pp. 19-33.</ref>

Recent telenovelas have evolved in the structure of their plots and in the themes that they address. Couples who kiss each other in the first minutes of the first episode sometimes stay together for many episodes before the scriptwriter splits them up. Moreover, previously taboo themes like urban violence, racism and homosexuality have been incorporated into telenovelas in more recent years.

Many telenovelas share some stylistic and, to a certain extent, thematic similarities to the soap opera, a format popular in the English-speaking world; because of these similarities, the American colloquialism Spanish soap opera has come to describe the telenovela format (the telenovela format in and of itself has been attempted in the United States but, generally, to much less success than in Latin America). Telenovelas differ from soap operas primarily in their length; soap operas tend to have indefinite and continuing runs (with such programs only ending via cancellation by their network because of weak viewership) with intertwined storylines that can last in the most successful cases for decades, while telenovelas tell one self-contained story, typically within the span of a year or less.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The end result is that the telenovela requires a faster-paced, more concise style of melodrama compared to the soap opera.<ref>Beccera, Hector (April 17, 2015). A not-so-fond farewell to 'Sábado Gigante,' a corny, buffoonish show. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 17, 2015. “The telenovelas were better than American soap operas because the action was faster(.) Mercifully, unlike their slower-paced American brethren, they also were finite.”</ref>


Telenovela sections
Intro  Evolution  Genres  Major producers of telenovelas  Telenovelas by country  Awards  Comparison with soap operas  Accusations of white ethnocentrism  See also  Notes  Further reading  

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