HBO to bring “Rain of Gold” to television

I bookmarked this earlier this week so I could come back and read the item and rejoice properly: Victor Villaseñor’s “Rain of Gold” is being made into a series on HBO. Thrilled doesn’t begin to cover the excitement at reading this. HispanicPR Blog does a better job of explaining the importance of this news:

Not since the series “Roots” by Alex Haley has there been such great expectation, excitement, and hope.  At a time when all Latinos are under increasing attacks, a project like this could not be more well-timed.

“Rain of Gold” is the incredible true story of the Villaseñor family and how author Victor Villaseñor’s parents, Juan Salvador and Lupe, flee the dangers of the Mexican Revolution as children in 1915 and then come to the United States, marry and achieve their dreams. This true-life saga chronicles three generations of a Mexican-American family.  It is an epic tale of revolution, struggle and triumph as well as a moving story of two young lovers.

Universally praised when the book was published it has been compared to “Roots” and “The Godfather”. The “Rain of Gold” experience is shared with many of the estimated over 40 million Mexican Americans (out of 52 million Hispanics) living in the United States.

I read this book in college as a requirement in a Mexican American studies class. I’m an avid reader and have been most of my life. I often jokingly blame the March of Dimes for my reading addiction, since I’m pretty sure it was the contest in second grade to raise money for them that put me on the path of having books as a line item in my budget. Let’s just say that Amazon and I are good friends and leave it at that. But the reality is that until I took this class I had never read any books that had, well, people like me in them. Brown-skinned families with names, words, and customs that seemed very familiar. Reading the stories of the people in his background could very well have been just listening to my Abuelo telling me stories about mine. So comforting and funny and real. Familiar.

Every once in a while you find out that a book that you love is being made into film, and sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it’s a bad thing. I know that I’m cringing at the thought of this great story being mismanaged and destroyed to be more “commercial.” But I think the gamble is necessary. I love the idea of the book being picked up by countless teens and adults to read the words that inspired the series. And it will be nice to see something on TV that doesn’t still have the same old story in it. We’ll all just have to wait and see, and hope for the best.

If you’ve never read “Rain of Gold” then I recommend you go out and get a copy today. The book is a wonderful read and I’m going to go find my copy and re-read it.

By the way, according to Villaseñor’s website, the series is expected to air sometime in 2013. Let’s hope it doesn’t get shelved before then.

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  1. Gina Gonzales says

    This book was excellent!! I talk about it a lot to everyone. Sad, Funny, exciting, suspense all of the different emotions. I can not wait till the movie comes!!!

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