|Created by||Jennie Snyder Urman|
|Starring||Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Justin Baldoni, Elias Janssen, Ivonne Coll, Brett Dier,Jaime Camil|
|No. of Seasons||4|
|No. of Episodes||81|
|Released on||October 13, 2014 – present|
I have put off watching Jane the Virgin for ages and ages because it just didn’t seem like something I would enjoy. An adaptation of a Venezuelan telenovela did not really feel like my scene, but boy was I wrong!
Jane the Virgin feels like reality. It’s not overly fluffy, it doesn’t always work out the way you hoped it would for the characters and it certainly doesn’t gloss things over too much. Jane the Virgin tells the truth about living on a mediocre salary, dipping a bit towards poverty, not becoming an overnight success, getting the jobs you might not want and so on. There’s something very palpable and I like that very much.
Jane the Virgin starts off with Jane a young girl played by the hilarious Gina Rodriguez being lectured about virginity. At this point in the show, I was like what!? It’s the 21st century after all, why does it even matter? Jane’s grandmother, her ‘Abuela’, compares her virginity to a flower. Telling young Jane to crumple it and then attempt to make it perfect again. When Jane fails to do so, she promptly informs her that that’s, what happens when you lose your virginity. You will never be as pure again. Jane’s mum in the background says “really mom?” and we all laugh along to her eye-rolling at her mum’s lame antics.
Fast forward to Jane, a 23-year old religious young Latina, who is still a virgin (thanks to her grandmum for that constant reminder) pursuing a college degree and working a part-time job. Here is where I started to fall in love with her character. She’s very passionate and a strong female lead. She wants to become a published writer. However, despite her best qualities, she’s also very plan oriented. Jane plans her life out, often down to minute details, sometimes forgetting to let loose and follow her heart.
Now, things start to get interesting, Jane goes for a routine doctor’s appointment to the clinic and well, things get a little mixed up (big understatement). Dr. Alver caught her wife in bed with someone else the night before and is understandably shaken up the next morning when she’s at the clinic. She messed up her two appointments and accidentally inseminates Jane instead of another woman by accident.
However, the colossal mistake doesn’t end there because the sperm she inseminated Jane with was her brother’s. Rafael Solano (also Jane’s former crush) is a cancer survivor and that was his only sperm a.k.a. his only shot at having a child. Dr. Alver hopes that the pregnancy doesn’t take, which it eventually does much to her dismay. Jane finds out when she faints on a bus, and thus the drama begins.
I forgot to mention that the reason for the artificial insemination being on the doc’s list in the first place was because of Rafael’s scheming wife. The woman needed to get pregnant for she was afraid he was gonna divorce her and leaving her without the prenup money. When Rafael finds out, he’s understandably furious. He really wants to have a child and asks Jane to keep the baby. Over the course of the Jane the Virgin, he and Jane even begin to develop mutual feelings.
Also, did I say that Rafael’s wife is cheating on him with his best friend? Clearly, there’s a lot going on in the Jane the Virgin. You will never be bored again!
One thing, that stands out about the Jane the Virgin is its diversity. The abundance of different colors, communities and so on. You have your Latina community, the LGBTQ+ community, etc. Everyone has customs and traditions. Jane the Virgin is brave in its ability to portray all these cultures in such difficult times.
There’s something for everyone, though it might feel a bit strange at first. But its quirkiness will eventually draw you in, for sure.