Words cannot begin to describe how I excited I was to listen to Alberto Gomez talk today! He wrote one of the first telenovelas that I ever watched on Univision (back before Dish Network entered my life): Gata Salvaje.
But here's what seemed so interesting to me: if I had not been in this class I would have never known that the writer of this guilty-pleasure telenovela was Venezuelan. Not that Gata Salvaje was loyal to any particular culture or accent, I remember being surprised that everyone seemed to have a different accent and that the scenery reminded me of Miami (that because it was filmed in Miami!). I think that Alberto Gomez's ability to write telenovela's rosas that appeal to all cultures is why his works like Gata Salvaje do so well outside of the spanish-speaking world.
If I recal correctly, someone does give away a child and, though we griped and tried to act disinterested, my entire household was always near the television when it was time for Gata Salvaje!