Glee is not a television show I really expected to like, but like many, many other people out there, I was sucked into its strangely addictive universe and now hope it doesn’t fall victim to the hype and its whirlwind success. Despite its appeal, I am convinced the show is evil. My reasons may not make sense if you’ve never watched the show, and for those of you who don’t and don’t plan to, it’s fine if you want to cut out here. I’ll be back to writing about the dogs and computers in tomorrow’s post.
Anyway! Here’s why Glee is evil:
Reason 1: Glee made me read fan fiction.
I am not a fan of fan fiction. I don’t write it and never will. I don’t read it. And what the hell is a beta reader, anyway? Isn’t that what you call proofreaders and copyeditors? Or can you use those titles only if you get paid?
I guess I must now say that I don’t read fan fiction, except for this time, because Glee was evil enough to totally mangle the Rachel and Jesse storyline. I could have accepted Rachel and Jesse not finding true love together, if the storyline that tore them apart had made sense. It did not, not even a little. I wanted to see these two together, and apparently, so did a rather large number of fan fiction authors. Despite the logic that says that most high school romances are ultimately doomed, and my belief that my own life would have turned out poorly had I stayed with any of my high school boyfriends, I so wanted Rachel and Jesse to be together and go on to a happy future together. Or if that couldn’t happen, at least they should have had a better breakup than what we saw. And by better, I mean one that made sense.
So as much as it pains me, I must thank some talented fan fiction authors for creating a happy resolution for Rachel and Jesse in their alternate universes. I hope some of you use your considerable skills to create characters and worlds of your own as well. Some of you others really need to ummm… hone your craft, yeah, that’s it… before you write where other people can see you, though. Or at the very, very least, just please try using spell check. Please.
Reason 2: Glee made me almost like “Don’t Stop Believin'”
It’s not that I don’t like Journey. I’m really okay with Journey. In fact, “Feeling That Way” from Infinity has been a favorite shower song for a long time… “A new road’s waiting, you touched my life, whoa-oooooa-ooo… soft and warm on a summer’s niiiiiiii-iiii-ght…” Okay, maybe you didn’t need to hear that. But I have never liked “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Who the hell are the streetlight people anyway?
It didn’t exactly help when the White Sox picked it up as the song for their World Series run in 2005. I don’t like baseball in general and I loathe Chicago baseball. Considering that Sox fans continually make disparaging remarks about the general wussiness and lameness of Cubs fans (which I am not and never will be) and by extension all North siders (which I have been since moving to Chicago), they sure picked a wussy song, and from a band from San Francisco no less, for their anthem. I mean, did Styx (South siders), Survivor, or Chicago not have any go-to songs? Please.
And worse yet, when David Chase used it to end The Sopranos in 2007. That ending was maddening enough as it is without having to listen to that song. I am obviously biased, as that is not the song I want playing as the last cut in the soundtrack of my life (so now you also know whether I thought Tony and family lived or died at the end).
So, fast forward to May 2009. I’m watching this brand new show Glee and finding myself enjoying it. Coming up on the end, and… oh, no. Not this song. But maybe because it actually looked like something high school kids would put together and have fun with, I didn’t switch the channel. What a cute, fun arrangement. And so the evil that is Glee almost made me like a song that I’ve hated for almost 30 years.
You don’t need any more proof than this, do you?
(NaBloPoMo | July ’10: 4 of 31)