In honor of there being snow in 49 of the 50 states (check it out here!) we have a fun post for you. Sadly, it’s not about snow, but please send us any snow related ideas you may have.
I love Glee (almost as much as I love snow). Watching Olivia Newton John and Sue Sylvester’s new music video for “Let’s Get Physical” is priceless. I know it’s not for everyone—one friend of mine said, “I don’t understand the appeal. It’s a teeny-bopper drama and then they break out into song and dance.” Clearly, he doesn’t understand, because that is the appeal.
While watching my DVDs of season one this weekend I started thinking to myself, Finn is the modern day Mr. Bingley. Obviously, I then had to figure out all the other male characters* and their literary counterpoints. And this is what I came up with. Feel free to disagree with me as some were quite difficult.
Finn: Mr. Bingley from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Finn is an all around nice guy. For the most part. Like Mr. Bingley, Finn seems to have it all–he’s popular, attractive, quarterback of the football team, and dating the head cheerleader. He can even sing! Finn also sees the good in Rachel, protects Artie from his thugish football cronies, and coaches Kurt. Yet, like Mr. Bingley, who initially looks past Jane Bennet’s eccentric family, he is easily swayed by what others think, and is persuaded to do whatever keeps him popular. But in the end, Finn always rights his wrongs. It’s his honesty which makes him so endearing.
Artie: Gilbert Blythe from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables
Artie is one of the most unselfish characters on the show. When the club raises money to rent a wheelchair accessible Artie asks to install ramps in the auditorium, even though this means he’ll ride to competitions alone and miss out on the team bonding. Like Gilbert, Artie is always thinking of others; in this case, present and future handicapped students.
His boyish charm doesn’t hurt either…
Ah, Kurt. I love Kurt. I also love Turnip (okay, his name isn’t Turnip, it’s actually Reginald, but everyone calls him Turnip). Both are unafraid to be exactly who they are, even though both get teased mercilessly. Since both refuse to bend to social norms, both are quick to spot others who are hurt, mocked or otherwise disenfranchised. Turnip befriends and eventually falls in love with a teacher, someone far below him in social status. Besides being a teacher, Arabella’s family has recently weathered scandal and to top it all off, she isn’t considered pretty. Despite all this, Turnip is able to see all of Arabella’s virtues. Similarly, Kurt befriends Tina and Mercedes–minorities in the Ohio high school–and he is willing to put aside his own dreams and feelings for the sake of his father. Kurt isn’t perfect. But he’s a teenager and everything is confusing at that point in your life.
Mr. Schuester: Erik/the Phantom from Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera
This one might be a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Both Mr. Schue and The Phantom love a woman who is torn between to men. Both are musically talented and both make extreme measures to prove themselves or be with the woman they love. Mr. Schue willfully puts his students in situations above their comfort level when he produces The Rocky Horror Picture Show just so he can bond with Ms. Pillsbury. Later he cuts out Sam and takes over his part, so he can prove to Ms. P just how sexy he is. No, Mr. Schue didn’t kill Sam, like The Phantom does in his production of Don Juan Triumphant, but the concept is the same. Both men act rashly and hurtfully to put themselves ahead and into situations with their lover.
I couldn’t for the life of me figure out a historical fiction character for Puck. My very first thought was Gale from Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games and once I thought of that, no other literary character I could think of was quite right. The closest I got was Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, but it didn’t feel perfect enough.
Like Gale, Puck is a badass with a hidden heart. Puck and Gale are willing to do whatever it takes to help their loved ones (in Puck’s case, Quinn and the baby, and Katniss in Gale’s). Their methods may be controversial, but they do what they think is right. While neither have hearts of gold, they are nicer than they tend to let on. But most importantly, they are both incredibly attractive.
What do you think? Am I totally wrong about any of them? All of them? Who is your favorite Glee boy?
* I didn’t include Sam because I don’t think we know enough about him. Same goes for Mike Chang.