I have a new addiction. Glee. And, no, I don’t mean that I’m walking around all day with a cheesy smile on my face; I’m talking about the TV programme of the same name.
We don’t have Glee clubs in the UK. School choirs, yes, but not Glee clubs. I’m not sure I’ve worked out what the difference is, except there seems to be more dancing and costumes involved with a Glee club. And lots more drama! The stigma, however, remains the same. According to Sue, their deliciously vicious PE teacher, these kids are the lowest of the low – if the popular kids are the penthouse, the Glee kids are sub-basement.
Anyway, I love a bit of OTT TV and Glee is certainly that – boys and girls bursting into song at any given opportunity, lots of bright colours, teachers that I thank heaven never taught at my school, and a bunch of cheerleaders who never seem to wear anything but their teeny-tiny uniforms.
On the romance side, there’s some definite chemistry between Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Finn (Cory Monteith), but he’s dating head cheerleader Quinn (Dianna Argon) and, frankly, over-ambitious Rachel can be a tad scary at times. I’m not surprised Finn is hesitant, even if they are perfect leading lady and leading man material when they get together.
I love the dry, tongue-in-cheek humour, the totally outrageous storylines, and most of all the songs. I’ve always wanted to sing in a musical (yeah, like that is ever gonna happen!), but second best is living it vicariously through the cast of Glee. I just got the soundtrack CD for my birthday, so you’ll have to excuse me while I plug my iPod in, turn it up loud and sing into my hairbrush…
Fiona's next book, Housekeeper's Happily-Ever-After is an RT Book Reviews Top Pick for April! It's out now in the UK (as a 2-in-1 with Jessica Hart's new release, Oh-So-Sensible Secretary) and available in North America in April.
Ellie Bond tries to escape her past by taking a job as jet-setting Mark Wilder's housekeeper. But the accident that killed her husband and daughter have left scars, both inside and out, and she worries she'll never be able to leave the past behind and find true happiness.