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FANVID: Girl in the Hallway (Glee)
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Title: Girl in the Hallway
Fandom: Glee
Song: Beautiful Disaster by Jon McLaughlin
Character: Rachel, Tina, Mercedes, Santana, Brittany, Quinn
Spoilers: 2x02, Britney/Brittany
Summary: The ways in which the Glee girls, both Gleeks and Cheerios alike, share the same insecurities and struggle to love themselves and be accepted.
Disclaimer: Clips property of 20th Century Fox. Music property of Island Def Jam Records. Quote from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. Video created for personal entertainment only.

Download: Small version (34MB), Big version (72MB)
Streaming: Youtube, Vimeo (password: gleegirls)



Notes for this vid:

This was not the video I intended to make when I first started.

It was just supposed to be a video examining notions of beauty and the universal feelings of inadequacy among the teenage girls in Glee. Despite being faced with different kinds of pressure and expectation, both Gleeks and Cheerios alike share the same insecurities and struggle to love themselves. When you put them right up next to each other, the similarities between Rachel and Santana, Tina and Brittany, and Mercedes and Quinn when it comes to wanting to be loved, being different from the crowd, and body image are pretty evident, as each girl is judged by her peers according to how she measures up to an unrealistic ideal. In the end, they're all in the same boat, looking for acceptance and love for who they are instead of for what they are told they should be.

However, in light of the suicides by gay teens in the last few weeks, I couldn't help but see these things through the lens of bullying too. On one hand, it's easy to see the ways in which Tina, Rachel and Mercedes are victims of bullying, in some cases at the hands of their fellow Glee club members. It's easy to want to hug them, defend them and tell them to rise above it. We should want to support them. It's the right thing to do.

But it's also easy to forget that girls like our beloved Cheerios need support too. It's hard enough to stand up for someone else when you have your own set of self-esteem issues to contend with. It's even harder to break the cycle when you have so much to lose by trying. That takes a different kind of strength that not enough people possess. To say that Santana's choices are easier than Rachel's would be foolish. They are simply different.

My point is that they all need encouragement if the cycle is ever going to break. Glee club offers each one of these girls a safe haven to be themselves and the opportunity to be better people at the end of the day. Everybody makes mistakes, but when they stick together and care enough to pull each other over the finish line, everything ends up okay, and ultimately, that's what this vid is all about too.

I have more thinky thoughts on the matter, but for now I'll stop there before I turn into Mr. Schue completely, but if you take anything away from this video, it's this:

You are beautiful the way you were born. You are not alone. I promise if you just reach out for one another, it gets better.

Thanks to zerodetorres for sparking the idea in the first place and for taking a look at the first cut. Any and all feedback is welcomed.


Lyrics to "Beautiful Disaster"

She loves her momma's lemonade
Hates the sounds that goodbyes make
She prays one day she'll find someone to need her
She swears that there's no difference between the lies and compliments
It's all the same if everybody leaves her

And every magazine tells her she's not good enough
The pictures that she sees makes her cry

She would change everything, everything, just ask her
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster
She just needs someone to take her home

She's giving boys what they want
Tries to act so nonchalant
Afraid to see that she's lost her direction
She never stays the same for long
Assuming that she'll get it wrong
Perfect only in her imperfection

She's not a drama queen
She doesn't wanna feel this way
Only seventeen and tired, yeah

She would change everything for happy ever after
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster
She just needs someone to take her home

She's just the way she is
But no one's told her that's okay.

She would change everything, everything, just ask her
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster

She would change everything for happy ever after
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster
She just needs someone to take her home
She just needs someone to take her home

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This really touched me.

Well, we all know that even if they are some serious problems in Glee (e.g. Quinn's pregnancy, Mercedes "shame" with her weight or all this "popularity") they are not treating as they suppose to be. They're superficially, they show only few ways of how it looks in real. It's a TV series and it's completely understandable.

But your vid is touching because you chose perfect music. It shows a message behind the videos and words. This feelig which I had watchig your vid, I had only a few times watchig Glee.
I hope you understand what I mean :)

I totally agree with you. I know it's television, but I feel like Glee has a habit of being very superficial in how it deals with these serious issues, and this video did a great job of shining the light on the real feelings I wish the show would access.

What I can't decide is if I should be disappointed that the writers are foolishly passing up opportunities to deal with these serious issues properly or if I should give them credit for consistently picking relevant topics in tune with society's zeitgeist and being ambitious enough to even tackle the subject. Glee feels so much like a show that could be more brilliant than it is, because the stuff it does well, it does REALLY well.

I mean, this video couldn't have been made without the footage of the episodes to begin with, right? I guess I just feel like, A for effort and concept but DUDE, step it up and try to be consistent with your execution, guys. I can see their intention, but the final product almost always fall short of the mark by thismuch.

I think I get what you mean. I have this love-hate relationship with the show because there are moments when it rings so true and you get glimpses of how good this show can be that it's frustrating that it can't be that all the time. The characters and subjects are awesome; it's just the execution of the storyline that can get muddled. Sometimes, I think that too often the writers go for the soapbox or the slapstick instead of the heart within comedy, and the result is the issues feel like they're getting a "very special episode of Glee" treatment instead of a real examination of a problem.

The show does its best when they have the kids deal with their emotions and problems through song, which, ironically, is probably why I chose to tackle this subject through vid form than fic or essay form. I just stole the idea from them. ;)

But I'm glad that this touched you. The song really is perfect for the Glee kids and the subject matter in general, and I felt a lot like Rachel Berry flipping through my music collection to find just the right song for the occasion.

Edited at 2010-10-08 08:31 am (UTC)

Yes, that exactly what I meant.
Why can't they make more things so true and touching as the moment when Quinn sang "It's a man's man's man's world" or Mercedes' "Beautiful", "Imagine", Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" or some of Kurt's talk with father?
This show could be so much better but I have a feeling that the producers just don't want to make it more serious. I guess they're afraid that they will loose fans if this show would be deeper.

See, I don't even think that it has to be serious to be deep. Comedy can be profoundly deep. It's hard to achieve, but it's possible. After all, comedy is anger deflected. Strong emotions are still there, it's just in the presentation.

I think what I'd like most of all from the writers is consistency.

Yeah, that would be great...
I don't know how many seasons there will be, because it depends of many things but maybe later they'll find a key to balance.

Anyway it's a musical and many people think that musical should not be deep because the only thing that counts is music and it's enough. That really sucks.

But as we know we can't always get what we want so for this moment let's enjoy what we have :)

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