Foremost, I enjoy the show. I love the students. Even when it drives me crazy at times when it's clear these characters would not be considered unpopular in a real high school setting, or I want to tell the characters exactly how to resolve their relationship conflicts so I don't have to watch their melodrama any longer, I always come back each week, and that says something about the group. As Brittany says in this season's finale, “I know that all the kids in glee club - they fight and they steal each other’s boyfriends and girlfriends, and they threaten to quit, like, every other week, but…weird stuff like that happens in families. Family is a place where everyone loves you no matter what, and they accept you for who you are." Like Brittany, and I think all of the members of New Directions, I may pretend to be cool and indifferent at times, but I'm not fooling anyone - I'm sentimental at heart, and Glee brings out my true colors, in my writing and in life.
If I'm a true idealist, I feel my best writing is no different. In an era when popular media outlets from Gawker to Rolling Stone all seem to be brimming with snark, I've often felt self-conscious of my comparably wholesome outlook, and tried to emulate edgier writing styles. Yet it never seems to work, because it's not my voice. I can be cranky, believe me, but at the end of the day, I'm generally an easygoing optimist. I don't feel any need to knock people down for my own amusement, nor do I think enough of myself to think I could actually do so convincingly. Still, this disposition doesn't lend itself well to a lot of commentary on sex or politics - and that's where Glee comes in. The show is often far from wholesome, with major storylines involving deceit, blackmail and infidelity, and almost every character capable of a snide remark. Yet it's the show's ability to balance acknowledgement of these real faults of humanity with wit, heart and messages of being true to oneself that makes it successful (most of the time), and also the perfect topic for me to write about.
I first wrote about Glee over a year ago, right before the second half of the first season (often referred to as the "Back Nine") aired. I had been blogging for about eight months at the time, and this was the first time I felt my blog begin to click, so I continued to write about the show. Often I felt my articles were less than meaningful, but I kept at it, building off of prior writings and rewrites. Now, I feel I have a foundation of work to draw upon when I write, especially related to the series.
I aspire to write about subjects more important than Glee, or at least improve my ability to analyze the social issues Glee addresses, namely adolescence, relationships, and social and gender roles. After all, Glee's role as a springboard for these discussions is another reason I enjoy the show. Additionally, I want to explore other works in popular culture and develop my thoughts on them. While I strive to make this blog more well-rounded, I'm not ready to close the books on Glee just yet. After all, graduation's a year away.