Why Jane The Virgin Gives Me All The Feels
A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for a new TV show on Netflix. While I was scrolling, my eyes were immediately caught by the bright colors of Jane The Virgin. I was a bit skeptical after reading the plot because I am not a fan of telenovelas, but I decided to give it a try.
The pilot is hilarious and sets up the stage for the craziness that follows—I was hooked. I liked the nice touches that the narrator adds with his comments and the fast pace—no time to get bored. The more I got into the show, the more I fell in love with the characters. Although the events follow the line of a crazy telenovela, it’s clear that the creators of the show are playing with the genre.
All the reasons why Jane The Virgin gives me all the feels (just few spoilers ahead that won’t ruin the show if you haven’t seen it):
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Jane! With her fierce character and sweet heart, she is the soul of the show. Her emotions are raw, and despite the crazy events, we can probably all relate to some of the struggles she goes through. Being a woman, it’s interesting to see how she navigates her passion for writing while trying to be a good mother.
The Villanueva Women
These three women, Alba (Jane’s grandmother), Xiomara (Jane’s mother), and Jane, have different personalities, but they love one another deeply. Their feelings, emotions, doubts, and insecurities create dynamics which reveal the depths of their characters and give us a great example of family bond. Their female energy gives a unique touch to the story—these women are in different phases of their lives and make the show relatable to women of different ages.
Jane & Rafael
Jane finds herself in a love triangle, and the public was divided between #TeamMichael and #TeamRafael for a while—I have always been #TeamRafael. Michael is a sweet guy, but I believe that Jane has always been in love with Rafael. I think that she chooses Michael because she feels that Rafael is unpredictable and is afraid to get hurt (this ends up being a temporary choice for reasons I can’t explain to avoid spoilers). Rafael needs to grow up, but it’s fascinating to see his relationship with Jane develop through the years and follow his redemption.
Rogelio De La Vega
Rogelio is Jane’s father and narcissistic telenovela star. The funny thing is that there is a telenovela inside the telenovela, which strengthens the idea that the show is playing with the genre. Rogelio’s narcissism is hilarious, but he also unveils a tender heart—we see his growth when he assumes his father’s role and falls in love with Xiomara.
Jane The Virgin wouldn’t be the same without the narrator. He helps us navigate the crazy events that unfold, but sometimes he is also one of us—surprised and confused by what’s going on. He shows us his affection for the characters, and when possible, he protects them from our quick judgment.
The Fantasy Touches
The show adds fantasy elements to the scenes, which make everything more entertaining and colorful. I loved the “bachelorette” take on the love triangle Jane - Michael - Rafael and the characters of Jane’s novel, who come alive to give her suggestions.
From deep love, friendship, and crime, Jane The Virgin has all you are looking for in a TV show. If you haven’t watched the show and you are craving characters who shake you to the core, look no further.