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Jan 7th
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HSM Stuff: New Zealand BTS + VF Article  

I'm going to be really horrible and just c/p the HSM specific excerpts out of this Vanity Fair article, but the whole thing (about the evolution and reception of song-and-dance entertainment in recent times) is very interesting. I don't agree with some of their points, but still worth a read if you want to click over to the source.

Vanity Fair Excerpts, 'Of Glee I Sing'

But three years after the release of Camp, the cornfield re-sprouted shiny and new. Pairing the most can-do romantic couple since Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland struck up the band for MGM, Disney dropped a duo of adorable kittens named Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens into the twitchy laps of America’s teens and tweens in an original TV movie called High School Musical (2006), and a new Romeo and Juliet were born, only without all the dying at the end. It was an instant phenomenon and a heartthrob juggernaut. The propulsive popularity of High School Musical begat High School Musical 2, which begat High School Musical 3: Senior Year (or, as I think of them, The Trilogy). High School Musical set the menu for Glee in many ways, from its ongoing tug-of-war between the royal order of the jockstrap (the varsity squad) and the roar of the greasepaint (the class revue) to its gay-friendliness: its rejection of the bullying notion that singing and dancing are strictly for girlie boys and the chicks who dig them, and that being “different” is some kind of social disease. It’s what’s inside that counts, not the purple eye shadow and roguish ascot.

So what novel elements has Glee injected into the H.S.M. formula that have propelled it above and beyond?

First: in previous coming-of-age sagas, the adults trying to thwart sudden outbreaks of choreography were portrayed mostly as sincerely mistaken, behind-the-curve fuddy-duds. They weren’t evil, just unevolved. Glee’s genius coup is to give us a villain figure of seething hostility and cunning antagonism... [Stuff about Sue]...

Second: unlike High School Musical (which churned out pop-y original tunes and caramel ballads) or the ill-fated remake of Fame, Glee doesn’t slavishly court a single demographic. It spreads itself across the quadrant by employing an ecumenical songbook that exerts a multi-generational attraction. And Glee respects its borrowed offerings: it doesn’t give them the bum’s rush or practice artistic coitus interruptus... [Stuff about songs and performances]...

The unhappy irony is that, while Glee is hitting the heights, school arts funding is being slashed across the country due to the steep recession and declining tax revenues. To the bottom-line mentalities that make policy, the arts are still considered frilly extras, a myopic view that—oh, forget it. I don’t want to end this column on a downer. Five minutes ago, I was feeling so cheerful, and then I had to go introduce the real world into the discussion, like an idiot. Better I should go on singing in the rain, the way God and Gene Kelly and MGM intended.

Mood: busybusy
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
(no subject) - ccmskatechick on January 8th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
bokayjunkie: zac & vanessabokayjunkie on January 8th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
i liek getting these reminders every once in a while about why i like this couple
Shruticalcified on January 8th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
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(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
IF U SEE K-A-H-L-I-L: Francois Sagatvilain_garcon on January 8th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
lmfao wow at v's cheeks in that photo. i hate glee now so i'm not even gonna read that excerpt though.
Shruti: TV | Emmacalcified on January 8th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
I really don't like Glee either, it's such a self-satisfied show and it's not half as good as anyone dreams.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: v | you're just making me famousmetrocard on January 8th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
DUDE BTS~ SO. CUTE. <3 So much giggling and laughter, it is just wonderful. I have this belief where sometimes they just look at each other and giggle/smile, because seriously, what else can they do?

ACTUALLY NVM, they totally do that, there's evidence for it and everything.

I read that article ages ago, but never bothered mentioning or scanning it. It gave me a great deal of entertainment, though.

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
i object to the idea that all their songs/performances are amazing. some of their covers suck and they cover up a lack of rehearsal time with clever camera angles and editing. i do understand the latter because they are a tv show and do have limited time/money, but it still doesn't make it amazing.
(no subject) - metrocard on January 8th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - metrocard on January 8th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - calcified on January 8th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - beeonkaa on January 8th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ccmskatechick on January 8th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
nahbruhbeeonkaa on January 8th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I'm disappointed that the VF article was never submitted to ONTD that night. I was waiting for the stans to go ape shit crazy over the inclination (YET TOTAL, HONEST TO GOD TRUTH) that HSM paved the way for the show lol.

jessica3311: Kurt<3jessica3311 on January 8th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
I <3 Glee so YAY for HSM :)
Dani: ring on itheartunprepared on January 9th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
I'm with you on this boat ;) I don't overanalyse it. I get a fuzzy feeling inside when I watch Glee. I don't feel the need to analyse why or whether I should or the quality or blah blah.
(no subject) - jessica3311 on January 9th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
samwise gamgee.colfer on January 8th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
i think i'll just keep my thoughts to myself on this post.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 8th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
i presume you mean because you like glee. if not, ilu but please just don't... it really stresses me out.

also i'm re-reading your review of maow. i was kind of busy with holidays for awhile and haven't had a chance to comment but i have time now.
(no subject) - colfer on January 8th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sbiebers on January 8th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
they are wonderful in every single way i can't even
Rachel: zefron: sleepyrachelinio on January 9th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
YAY NEW ZEALAND \o/ I was originally going to say 'aren't our accents classy?' but after watching, i think the voiceover is Australian haha.
snowwhiteangsnowwhiteang on January 9th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)