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I Read ‘Jane The Virgin’s’ Novel So That You Wouldn’t Have To

If you’re caught up with “Jane The Virgin”, you’re well aware that our gal Jane has finally, finally written, published and found a cover for her novel “Snow Falling.”

That’s right folks! Jane Villanueva is officially a published author!

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Lucky for us, the masterminds behind the show over at The CW have kept up with the show’s metafictional traditions and made Jane’s book into an actual published novel that you can read. “Jane The Virgin” fans are sure to get a kick out of finally getting to read what Jane has been working on, as well as all of the hints of what the actual show might have in store for its characters.

Here’s my breakdown of Jane’s first novel, just in case you’re interested in reading it but aren’t sure if it’s worth your time. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

It’s essentially the same story but with an early 1900s twist.

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Jane’s novel (written by author Caridad Piñero IRL) is essentially a rehashing of the show’s first two seasons, but with a historical bent and with the names of the main characters changed. For example, our heroine, Jane Gloriana Villanueva, is made over as Josephine Galena Valencia, a hotel concierge who ultimately gets pulled into a passionate love triangle. Of course, all of this happens while a mysterious crime lord threatens Josephine’s loved ones. #SinRostrothebookcockroach

It’s Rogelio approved!

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Diehard fans will love that this book stays true to the plot of the show and all of it’s small details. In fact, Jane gets a shoutout blurb from her writing professor, Marlene Donaldson, who you’ll recognize as the snarky, glasses-wearing mentor from a few season back. And Rogelio also gets a chance to give his own pull quote, writing “BRILLIANT. MOVING. MASTERFUL. I laughed, I sobbed, I even danced. The best novel of the century.”

Even The Narrator shows up.

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The gang truly is all here guys. There’s Josephine’s compassionate lover, a detective named Martin (cough cough: Michael), her fetching mother Zara (Xo) and her old lover, famous stage actor Ronaldo (i.e. Rogelio). And of course, rich hotelier, Rake (I’m sure I don’t have to spell that one out for you). The book is so much like the show that even the narrator of “Jane The Virgin” pops up to comment and interrupt the plot, just like in the show. At one point, after Josephine finds out she got knocked up the old-fashioned way (if you know what I mean), the narrator frantically exclaims, “I hope Abuela is not reading this.” Which, TBH, I loved.

She stays true to the time period she’s writing in. For the most part.

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Okay, okay, not everything lines up so well in Jane’s first go around at writing a novel, but we do have to give her props for accommodating for the times as much as possible. Instead of having a mistaken artificial insemination, Josephine actually has sex with Rake (read: Rafael) since Jane’s experience could just not have ever occurred during the book’s time period of 1900. All of this happens right at the beginning, too. So there’s your explanation on why Jane didn’t call her book “Josephine The Virgin”!

This book is 100 percent on #TeamMichael

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Look, I’ve been Team Rafael since the moment I watched that bold eyebrow bearing hunk flirt with Jane at the pool party. I’ve never totally been behind Michael, so for staunch Raf supporters, know that disappointment lies ahead. Sure, Josephine’s night with Rake is amazing. Like really, really amazing, if you catch my drift, but in the end, the book really works to give Jane the happy ending with Michael she eventually came around to wanting but never actually got. #RIPMichael #MichaelReincarnated

But it’s also optimistic about Rafael.

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Josephine might end up with Martin at the end of this book, but there’s plenty that suggests Jane and Rafael’s story could turn out differently.

Evidence: The “real” Rafael gets a very sweet mention in Jane’s acknowledgments:

“And finally, my deepest gratitude to Rafael Solano, without whom this book wouldn’t have been written. Thank you for being the first person who believed in me as a writer. Thank you for teaching me how to be brave.”

Oh, and like I said before, on the night Josephine loses her V, Jane indicates that Rafa— er, Rake really knows what he’s doing. And even though Jane has yet to knock boots with Rafael, you can bet by what’s between these pages she’s certainly fantasized about it big time, which I can only assume is a hint at some steamy scenes to come.


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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

Fans of magical realism rejoice. On Wednesday, Netflix announced it acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and will be turning the literary masterpiece into a Spanish-language series.

This is the first time the 1967 novel, considered “one of the most significant works of the 20th Century,” will be adapted for screen. For years, the author, who died in 2014, refused to sell the film rights, believing the story could not be done justice through a two-hour project, according to Deadline.

Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, García Márquez’s sons, who are serving as executive producers on the show, believe a series is an appropriate approach to the book.

“For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad. He believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice,” Rodrigo Garcia told BuzzFeed News, adding that the “current golden age of series,” with “the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content,” changed the family’s mind.

“The time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides,” he continued.

The series will be filmed in Colombia.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” tells the story of the multi-generational Buendia family, whose patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded Macondo, a fictional town in the South American country.

The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 46 languages.

In a statement, Francisco Ramos, Netflix’s vice president of Spanish-language content, said, “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”

He’s right. Since announcing the adaptation, fans of the magical realism novel have been celebrating the news.

There’s no word yet on when the series will debut and who will star in it.

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20 Of The Most Bizarre Things to Happen On ‘Jane The Virgin’ Now That It’s Almost Over

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20 Of The Most Bizarre Things to Happen On ‘Jane The Virgin’ Now That It’s Almost Over

The fifth and final season of “Jane The Virgin” will be premiering next month, and while we’re happy that we’ll find out all the details behind the shocking twist that concluded last season, we’re sad that one of our favorite shows is coming to an end.

Fans have so closely followed Jane Villenueva through the twists and turns of her life, that her presence on their TV screens will be sorely missed. And since “Jane the Virgin”‘s last season ended on such an unexpected cliffhanger, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the coming return of the soap-y dramedy with a list of all of the most bizarre things that have happened on “Jane” so far.

1. Jane Getting Accidentally Artificially Inseminated

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That’s right–we’d be crazy not to start this list with the one that started it all and arguably the craziest plot point so far. In case you need a refresher, the premise of “Jane the Virgin” revolves around the story of a young virgin (Jane) who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine gynecological exam. Pretty crazy stuff–but the series executes otherwise eye-roll inducing plot lines with such realism and humor, it’s hard to resist!

2. Jane Finding Out Her Father is a Famous Telenovela Star

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Early on in JTV’s first season, Jane discovers that the father she’s never met happens to be the most popular telenovela star on TV, Rogelio De la Vega. Over the course of four seasons, Rogelio and Jane’s relationship evolves from an awkward friendship to a rock-solid father-daughter relationship.

3. Roman Zazo Returning From The Dead–And It Actually Being His Twin Brother, Aaron

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When previously-murdered Roman Zazo arrives at Petra’s door, it was easy to jump to the conclusion that he had faked his own death (this is “Jane the Virgin”, after all). However, we soon found out that Zaz had a secret twin brother named Aaron whom he’d never mentioned before.

4. Rose Being the Infamous “Sin Rostro”

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During the first season of “Jane the Virgin”, Sin Rostro was a mysterious villain that seemed to be one step ahead of everyone. What was worse, was that no one knew who he (or she) was. Fans were shocked when the criminal mastermind behind all of the chaos at the Marbella turned out to be Stepmother-cum-lesbian lover Rose Solano. No one saw that coming!

5. Mateo Getting Kidnapped as a Newborn

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Every mother’s worst nightmare came true on Season 1, Episode 22 of “Jane the Virgin”. While Jane was resting after giving birth to Mateo, a woman dressed as a nurse took him and delivered him to Sin Rostro (aka Rose). Luckily, Mateo was quickly rescued by Michael.

6. Rogelio’s New Assistant  Being His Mystery Stalker

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Usually the jokester of “Jane the Virgin”, it was unsettling for fans to see Rogelio deal with PTSD after being held against his will by his assistant, Lola, who was secretly the stalker who’d been anonymously threatening him.

7. Petra Inseminating Herself with Rafael’s Sperm Without His Permission

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Petra has never been afraid of getting her hands dirty to get what she wants, and she’ll use all the resources at her disposal to her advantage. In order to bind Rafael to her forever, a jealous Petra steals his frozen sperm sample and inseminates herself with it. The plan worked–she ended up pregnant with twins, assuring that her and Rafael would never be rid of each other.

8. Petra Having a Long-Lost Identical Twin Sister

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This story line was bizarre, but it also made for some great comedic moments. Unbeknownst to Petra, she had a long-lost twin sister named Anezka whom her mother had given up for adoption. Anezka was the opposite of Petra–weak, timid, afraid, and very un-stylish. But she had some great one-liners!

9. Magda Being Able to Walk

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Viewers of “Jane the Virgin” always knew of Petra’s mother, Magda, as wheelchair-bound, but we were kept in the dark as to the details. That’s why it was truly shocking when we see Magda (who we thought was paralyzed) standing from her chair in Season 1, Episode 9.

10. Magda Pushing Alba Down the Stairs

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It turns out, Magda only leaves her wheelchair for truly nefarious reasons. After Alba heads to Petra’s room to confront her about meddling in Jane’s life, she stumbles upon a hostage being kept in Magda and Petra’s room. In order to keep her quiet, Magda pushes her down the stairs, obviously with the intent to kill.

11. Sin Rostro Disguising Herself as Michael’s Police Partner, Susanna

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There was always something a little off about Michael’s new police partner, Susanna, but we always chalked it up to the fact that she was allegedly an undercover agent working to expose Michael for corruption. It turns out, that was all a ruse. Susanna was actually Sin Rostro (Rose) in disguise the whole time!

12. Finding Out Alba Wasn’t a Virgin When She was Married

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This plot-twist wasn’t as wacky as some of the other more out-there situations that Jane Villenueva finds herself in, but it was shocking nonetheless. After years of Alba warning Jane about the perils of extramarital sex, while simultaneously slut-shaming Xo for her sex life, we came to find out that Alba was not a virgin when she was married.

13. Anezka Paralyzing Petra and Assuming her Identity

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In one of the most telenovela-like story lines so far, Season 3 finds Petra’s long-lost twin sister, Anezka, injecting her with a paralyzing poison and assuming her identity. Luckily, Jane eventually suspects something is amiss and exposes Anezka.

14. Rogelio and Darci Having a  Baby

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When Rogelio and Darcy Factor decide to enter into a non-romantic co-parenting relationship in Season 3, we couldn’t have been happier for the both of them. However, the mid-season 3 year time-hop revealed that the two had grown to hate each other. It was definitely bizarre when Darci showed up a few episodes later pregnant with his child, and determined to keep it.

15. Michael Dying

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Michael dying in Season 3 was a massive shock to everyone watching the show, primarily because he had just endured a long recovery after being shot by Sin Rostro, and all signs pointed to him being fully healed. That’s why it was a shock to everyone when he died of heart failure after taking the stressful Bar Exam.

16. Britney Spears Randomly Showing Up as a Guest Star

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Britney Spears was always one of the celebrities that Rogelio loved to name drop, but like most of the celebrities he claimed to know, we never expected her to ever appear in the flesh. So color us surprised when the Princess of Pop herself showed up to the Marbella in Chapter Twenty-Seven!

17. Isabel Allende Randomly Showing Up as a Guest Star

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Any JTV fan worth their salt knows that Jane’s favorite author, and the one who’s career she hopes to emulate, is celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende. Viewers collectively squealed when she showed up in a cameo as herself in Season 4, Episode 8.

18. Petra Killing Anezka

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Twin sisters Petra and Anezka had a strained relationship, to put it lightly, but we never thought either of them would act violently towards the other. That is, until Anezka threatened the lives of Petra’s children, prompting Petra to attack Anezka, which resulted in Anezka falling off a balcony.

19. Xiomara Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

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Sometimes the most terrifying things that happen to us aren’t the most outrageous. Xo getting diagnosed with breast cancer was shocking because it was so unexpected. Jane’s mother was arguably the most vivacious character on the series–she seemed practically invincible. Xiomara coming face-to-face with her own mortality was definitely jarring.

20. Michael Coming Back From the Dead

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And now, the twist to end all twists. After a three years (which translated into a full season) of grieving and healing from the loss of her husband Michael, Jane discovered that he was still alive. Since this was the finale of Season 4, we’re not sure what happens next! Sounds like it’s straight out of a telenovela, right?

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