I was talking last night to Christine on the phone about Ugly Betty, as America Ferrara won BEST ACTRESS in a Comedy Television Show at the Golden Globes. (Yeaaaah)
Anyways – we were discussing how even ugly in the US is ‘beautiful’ – I’ve put pictures below of the US Ugly Betty and the original “Betty La Fea” from the Spanish language novella of the same name.
America Ferrara’s character isn’t perhaps the snappiest dresser at “Mode Magazine” – but I wouldn’t go as far as to call her ugly. Awkward yes, but not down right uuuuuggggly. You know, hiting every branch of the ugly tree on the way down kind of ugly.
Our conversation turned to soap operas, mainly British soap Coronation Street (The longest running television show in the world) and our US example, The Young and the Restless.
Coronation Street is much loved because it is real people doing real things. People can relate to the human aspect of the show.
The Y&R is total fiction, the soft lighting, beautiful stupidly rich people, and fancy ornate crystal decanters in every room (and an ice bucket that is always full). Who lives like that?
As a viewer, what do I want to see? The comfort of things I know, understand and relate to or the fantasy and dream world of the unobtainable???
Betty La Fea
(out of Betty character)