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March 10, 2011 - Meg Alexander
Hello world, my name is Megan, and I'm a Gleek. There, I said it.
Why is that a confession? Well, for some reason, since I was a child, I rebelled against the norm. If everyone was listening to New Kids on the Block, I was wallowing in my imagined despair with the likes of The Cure. When my peers were reading about the Baby-Sitters Club adventures, I was staying up until dawn with Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" and Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre." Most of the kids I knew were so excited to watch Saved By the Bell, or drool over Kurt Cameron in Growing Pains, and I was completely baffled, bored by television as a whole.
By the time I got to junior high, I really felt like a freak, and it went beyond the bad perm, acne and realization that my peers were all hitting their growth spurt, while I seemed to be stuck at 5 feet — and was, in fact, stuck at 5 feet. I loved music, but certainly not Mariah Carey or the other stuff my classmates seemed to think was acceptable for a little girl to like in that era. I wore Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Green Day t-shirts, which the bullies in my school found hilarious — and not in a good way. Who were these bands, they asked??? And as much as I tried, most people refused to listen to them ... until, of course, they did, along with everyone else tuned in to the Top 40.
At the time it made me mad, but in retrospect it's pretty funny. I clearly was not as unique as I thought I was. These bands were big, huge in fact, but they simply hadn't made it to Martin County, not yet.
So that's my background, and my attempt to explain why I find it so strange to be on this bandwagon for one of the top-rated television shows on the air, a show about teenagers and pop music, of all things.
But that's the thing: Glee is about misfits. And while these particular misfits are incredibly popular right now, and their solutions to their dilemmas lean closer to fantasy than reality, the message is catchy, surprisingly hilarious and poignant, and obviously strikes a familiar chord with many of us sitting in the audience, waiting to see what happens next.
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