Friday, August 03, 2007
Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso (Without Breasts There Is No Paradise) is the working title of a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. It is adapted from Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso, a 2006 Caracol TV serial, which was a hit in Colombia. The serial is expected to debut late in 2008.
Paraíso's story is based on investigative journalist Gustavo Bolivar's eponymous debut novel. It features a pretty young hooker who seeks massive breast implants to attract a rich cocaine smuggler. The original version's finale scored a record 63 percent share of Colombian viewers.
Paraíso tells the story of 17-year-old Catalina, a gorgeous young girl who descends into a decadent world of easy money as a teen prostitute. She comes from a poor single-parent family and her brother works as a hired killer for drug traffickers. The girl dreams of a life of luxury, but she is not bosomy enough to attract a wealthy pusher whom she can seduce into making her a pampered paramour.
Sick of poverty, Catalina decides that plastic surgery will help her find a new life. During her pursuit, she is raped, gets an abortion and dives into the sex trade. She sells her body to raise money for breast augmentation. After five operations, she loses the will to live and considers suicide.
Gustavo Bolivar's heroine is a "pre-paid girl," which means she sells her services around-the-clock for a set period, hoping to make extra money.  The screenwriter says Parasio highlights an unflattering part of his country: teenagers in the Colombian narco-culture getting the breast implants. He explained in July, 2007,
COLOMBIA: Measuring the Cost of Paradise by Cup Size
By Helda Martínez
BOGOTA, Sep 25 (IPS) - Setting a telenovela ratings record in Colombia, more than six million viewers recently tuned in to an episode of "Sin tetas no hay paraíso", (Without Tits There's no Paradise), barely two weeks into the show's run. The record means a lot to this country, which has become one of the world's leading exporters of soap operas.
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