Asphalt or field: What is the favorite setting of Spanish fiction?

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April 27, 2022 / IGLUU for igloo

If life in current Spanish society had to be described by how it is portrayed in television series, it could be said that it is basically urban. And if it were necessary to specify even more, it would be said that this city is Madrid.

This is demonstrated by successful titles such as Valeria, where the protagonist and her friends take us to parties (and life) in fashionable neighborhoods such as Malasaña and Chueca; XHOXB, although here the plot takes us to much less glamorous small and working-class neighborhoods; or Elite.

It is true that other series and films are also broadcast where the protagonist is still a city, although this is no longer Madrid. Such is the case of Las Niñas, by Pilar Palomero, set in the Zaragoza of the 90s.

But what about the rural area? In this case, a good part of the series and film productions that set their plots in towns portray this environment with stereotypes (such as the series El pueblo), and in others, they turn these places into one more protagonist of the plot.

Literature, however, continues to be a small refuge for works that do not instrumentalize the rural by using it as simple props. One of those works, which has also been performed in theater, is Los asquerosos, by Santiago Lorenzo.

He talks about all this Silvia Baker in this Igluu ​​article.

If life in current Spanish society had to be described by how it is portrayed in television series, it could be said that it is basically urban. And if it were necessary to specify even more, it would be said that this city is Madrid.

This is demonstrated by successful titles such as Valeria, where the protagonist and her friends take us to parties (and life) in fashionable neighborhoods such as Malasaña and Chueca; XHOXB, although here the plot takes us to much less glamorous small and working-class neighborhoods; or Elite.

It is true that other series and films are also broadcast where the protagonist is still a city, although this is no longer Madrid. Such is the case of Las Niñas, by Pilar Palomero, set in the Zaragoza of the 90s.

But what about the rural area? In this case, a good part of the series and film productions that set their plots in towns portray this environment with stereotypes (such as the series El pueblo), and in others, they turn these places into one more protagonist of the plot.

Literature, however, continues to be a small refuge for works that do not instrumentalize the rural by using it as simple props. One of those works, which has also been performed in theater, is Los asquerosos, by Santiago Lorenzo.

He talks about all this Silvia Baker in this Igluu ​​article.