After having seen all of the consumption presentations, I was still left with the impression that Narco novelas, the protagonist in most cases, are still seen and have traits of "good people".
Before deciding to take this class I stumbled upon Pablo Escobar novela on Netflix over the summer, and I thought to myself "Wow, I can't remember the last time I sat down and watched a television show that was in complete Spanish". Let's just say that I really go into the novela and storyline.
The more that I watched, the question of whether the novela was or wasn't historically accurate kept popping into my mind. So I went into some research, and what I found that the novela basically follows the life of Escobar, to a tee, even down to the people that were only speculated to have been killed by him. Obviously as the telenovela progresses and the crime gets worse and the killings become mass killings, Escobars character transforms into an evil one. But there it is, a transformation.
At the beginning of the telenovela, young Pablo Escobar is portrayed as a poor fellow who was able to take advantages of what life gave him and he made money, but without forgetting where he came from. I think that the early part of Escobars story is one that a lot of people can relate to. I found myself relating to his story and happen when he was able to throw parties, give his younger brother a new car, build housing for people in the slums. Pablo Escobar was the saint of the poor people, and I honestly kind of model myself behind his moto. Get to the top but without forgetting your people.
Okay, let me state that I am not in anyway promoting what Escobar did or drugs or crime or murders but, I guess the reasoning behind his pursuit for power was a good one.
I remember reading an article about the telenovela and it's broadcast in Colombia. It said that despite people knowing what Escobar did, people were still able to symphatize with Escobar and see him as a good person. For example one of the early killings, Escobar is throwing a block party and surprises his younger brother with a new car. His younger brother is later gunned down, but us as the audience feel the lost that Escobar feels, he isn't a drug trafficking murder, he is a person that has just lost a loved one. It could be due to the acting, but the point is that even Escobar is seen as a person in small instances in the telenovela. Could this be attributed to the writers? Andres Parra's performance? The structure of a telenovela? I think it is a mixture of all three. Narco novela, despite the topic are able to elicit sympathy for the narco.