How Is 'Jane the Virgin' Different From Its Venezuelan Counterpart? Let Us Count the Ways

The CW's new, very sans-vampire sitcom Jane the Virgin premieres Monday night. Loosely based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, the show centers around Jane Villanueva (played by the buzzed about Gina Rodriguez), a young woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a visit to the doctor. The celibate Jane finds herself with child. Hope she gave that doctor a scathing 1-star review on Yelp.

Yes, it draws from the original telenovela, but The CW adaptation isn't a shot-for-shot remake of Juana la Virgen. Yvonne Villarreal of the Los Angeles Times describes the American version as being "more akin to a fraternal twin to its Venezuelan predecessor than an identical one." 

So, how is Jane the Virgin different from Juana la Virgen? I have some answers. Answers beyond obvious observations like "The cast isn't the same!" and "The language isn't the same!" and "One was filmed over a decade ago!" Full disclosure: I have not watched the Venezuelan version or the American version, so I turned to the Internet for answers. Here's what I found:

THE MAIN CHARACTER'S AGE

Juana is 17 years old; Jane is a 23-year-old adult.

THE MAIN CHARACTER'S FIELD OF STUDY

Juana wants to study journalism abroad; Jane is currently going to school for a teaching degree.

THE SHOW'S VIBE

According to the LA TimesJane has a "brighter look" and a "more bubbly tone" than Juana. The U.S. version is, as Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times observes, "refitted with ironic distance and much more artful cinematography" and "shot in a bright candy-colored palette that suggests a modern fairy tale."

THE MAIN CHARACTER'S RELATIONSHIP STATUS

Jane has been dating a detective named Michael for two years; From what I've read, Juana doesn't seem to be in a serious relationship. (Juana la Virgen spoiler alert: However, Juana and the baby daddy fall in love and end up running away together.)

THE BABY DADDY

Juana did not know magazine publisher Mauricio before the insemination snafu; Hotel owner and former playboy Rafael is Jane's boss AND happens to be the first guy she's ever kissed.

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Will Jane and Rafael fall in love and escape to the mountains just like Juana and Mauricio???

WE'LL SEEEEEEEE!

Images: The CW; lifetimetv/tumblr

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