So I’ve planned to do quite a few posts on reviews about certain things- TV shows, movies, books, music, and basically anything I can think of that I love. I think there is a lot we can learn from these things- and yes, I think we can learn from some TV shows!
Acting has been a thing for a LONG time. The first record of acting was around 534 BC in fact. People used to go see plays way back in these days, and that is something that has stayed popular up until the present day. TV just makes it easier to see more varieties of acting, and I mean, who doesn’t love binge watching shows on Netflix every so often?!
So I wanted to start this series of mine with a show that recently ended, Jane the Virgin. Believe it or not, this show was part of the reason why I decided to get more involved in writing. Jane’s passion is writing, and in the show it’s something that she always dreamed of doing but decided not to because it wasn’t practical (until a certain someone encouraged her to be brave and go for her dreams).
Jane the Virgin
A bit of backstory on this show: This show just wrapped up its 5th and final season. ALL of these episodes can be found on Netflix too- in case you need a show to binge! The show also has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes– which is pretty rare to see. I won’t be putting spoilers in here either, so don’t worry!
The series starts off with Jane (played by the amazing Gina Rodriquez) in her early twenties, who is just getting started out in life. She gets accidentally artificially inseminated with a baby at a gyno appointment by a distraught doctor. A few weeks later, Jane finds out she’s pregnant- BUT she’s a virgin, so she is seriously SO freaked out.
The show revolves around Jane trying to come to terms with her new life, and of course there is a love triangle between herself, her current boyfriend Michael, and the father of this baby Raphael. This show is basically a telenovela for Americans- there are SO many twists and turns, shockers, emotional scenes. It is overall a very heartwarming show that will always keep you interested. I absolutely love that it’s a bilingual show as well- it’s not common to find shows that will have characters speak in multiple languages in every episode, so I really love that this show has such a good mix of English and Spanish.
This show addresses so many important things that many shows never even go over: Mental health, common issues women face while pregnant and breastfeeding, healthy relationships, religion and spirituality, health, life for immigrants in our country, chasing your dreams, and so much more. It manages to do all of this in such a realistic way as well because the characters are all so human. They have their own faults, they make mistakes, and at the end of the day they are all just trying to make the best of their lives.
One huge focus on this show is Jane and her dream of writing. She always wanted to be a writer, but decided to play it safe and go into teaching instead. One of her love interests (I won’t spoil it!) ends up being her inspiration for making writing her main gig, and it’s a really amazing message for so many people. You CAN chase your dreams, and we should be following our passions in life.
I have watched this show through completely TWICE. That is how much I love it! It will make you laugh and cry, and it’ll make you think about so many issues that are going on now in society as well. The writing and acting is absolutely amazing, and there really isn’t anything negative I can say about it!