Comparing telenovelas to American soap opera is inherently inaccurate. They are closer to American primetime dramas.While soap operas have been known to cover popular topics concerning the times, such as the hard economic times, telenovelas often contain morals or larger themes. The previously mentioned Patito Feo and Yo Soy Betty La Fea deal with not judging women outward appearances, which is not exactly the most common lesson taught to the viewing audience. Others can include messages about kindness and compassion, doing what’s right in the face of danger, and putting family first above all else..American soap operas can last years, in some cases decades. Telenovelas, on the other hand, last on average between 1-3 years but always pack a powerful punch right at the end.