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Traveling in the world of my creation”


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Since tonight is the night for rulebreaking:

I cannot be alone in wanting Becky Faye Jackson to interact with the Warblers at this point, right?

So, cars and car scenes. You remember what I’m talking about? And how boys fix cars, and girls have conversations in them?

Finn ended his last two relationships in a car.

That is all.

canuckjacq:

crown-of-weeds:

When I get back from this horrible meeting, someone should remind me to talk about Puck, the anti-prom/shadow court, faerie court, Becky, and changelings and Kurt. Cool? Cool.

I’d offer to remind you but my brain doesn’t work that way. Oh… what if I queue this? I’ve never used queue. 

Here goes nothing. 

Oh! This worked! Thank you :D

Okay, so, these thoughts are really just a thing people might not know?

There’s been some cool stuff I’ve seen going around that maps the anti-prom/shadow court to faerie court, which I’d say makes sense on a few levels and doesn’t really need much explaining? People have also been pointing to the fact that the king and queen of the shadow court this year are named Puck and Becky FayeJackson.

So I want to talk about people with disabilities and faeries, a teeny-tiny bit.

First, before we mention any actual mythology, I want to remind people of the other character closely associated with faerie on Glee:

Jean Sylvester. 

The main decoration in Jean’s room is fairy ornaments. They’re everywhere. And Jean has Down Syndrome, just like Becky Faye Jackson. So right off the bat, Glee establishes a vague connection between having DS and faerie. 

Which makes sense because, for a very long time, people thought that people with Down Syndrome were changelings–fairy children left in a human child’s place.

It wasn't just people with DS. Other congenital disabilities were explained this way too, and changeling mythos is still seen in discourse about autism–something took your child away and left this thing in its place. The point is, a folklore connection between people with developmental disabilities and faerie goes back thousands of years, and Glee is tapping into that.

So. Becky Faye Jackson, Queen of Faerie, and her newest consort, Puck, rule the shadow court. Glee is a weird little show.

(Bonus for people who read Kurt Hummel Is Not A Cat: Kurt also has fairy ornaments in his locker at various points in the show.)

nowishforwings:

triflesandparsnips:

setting the stage

Humans like stories. We really like stories. And while we don’t always like to guess how a story ends, we like being able to track the logic of it after the fact.

Humans also like patterns. Three brothers, three bears, three nights dancing — patterns show up in a lot of our stories, because patterns help us predict (or at least track) an ending.

But it’s also the way our brains are wired; we tend to repeat stories, making them into patterns that we can follow over and over again — to the point where you can’t really write a story without, somehow, referencing dozens (if not hundreds) of others.

so let me tell a story

Once upon a time there was a girl who met a boy. Except maybe he wasn’t a boy, maybe he was a faerie. Things got wild — she got pregnant. After some initial waffling, the girl demands that the boy reveal all — turns out he’s human, but trapped in the faerie court, and he’s next in line to be sacrificed by the Queen. If the girl wants her kid to have a dad, she needs to rescue the boy from the Queen. It’s not easy, but the girl manages it — she rescues the boy, and then holds him through several magical transformations until, boom, he is officially out of the Queen’s power. The end.

This is the story of Tam Lin, an awesome ballad which has survived in written/recorded form for at least some three hundred years, and has probably existed as part of the oral folk tradition for longer than that. If you’ve never heard Tam Lin, dude, there are links for that:

one of the versions of the ballad


another version of the ballad, translated adorably by high school students

Before we go any further, seriously, look into Tam Lin. It’s a good song.

So! I told you that story so I could tell you this one:

Glee did Tam Lin

I’ve gotta reference a shitload of meta for this to work, but come on, you’ve already made it this far, LET’S DO THIS.

Obvious stuff is obvious:

1. Kurt is Janet.

Janet is the hero of the ballad. She starts the story by dressing to the nines and heading to a forbidden place — Kurt dresses in uniform-like duds and heads to Dalton, the ND rival school.

She meets a handsome elf — hi, Blaine!

She then spends most of the song pregnant — see the shitload of excellent commentary regarding Kurt and his pregnant state this season. (Quick, someone link me to all the rest of the good stuff!)

And finally, she saves the boy from Faerieland and death. HMMMM.

2. Blaine is Tam Lin.

Tam Lin is our romantic (sort of) lead. He starts the story by popping out of the woodwork and taking a little something from Janet for coming onto his territory — in the original, it’s her virginity, but it didn’t have to be. Tam Lin just takes a toll. In Glee, the toll Blaine takes from Kurt is Kurt’s concept of the world as dangerous and unaccepting.

(Incidentally, that doesn’t sound like a toll at all — except that without that layer of awful thought, Kurt feels empowered to do all sorts of things that bring him into danger. It all turns out well in the end, but dudes, that Karofsky thing could have turned out really badly. Faerie gold, people. It turns to leaves and stones in the morning.)

Tam Lin, in his elf state, only appears to Janet in liminal, magical spaces. Kurt meets Blaine in Dalton (Faerieland), as Kurt stands on a staircase between floors, as the students walk between classes. They have coffee either in that weird study space at Dalton (is it a commissary? is it a study room? is it a tiny mortuary for Kurt and his Pavoratti casket?), or at the Lima Bean, which theoretically exists between Lima and Westerville as a halfway point for meeting. The first time we see Blaine outside of Dalton, he’s on a staircase and a landing between floors at McKinley. And that staircase? It’s caged with open fencing, making it both an indoor and outdoor space.

Tam Lin reveals that he’s human and not an elf at Janet’s prodding — recall, if you will, Blaine’s speech in “Silly Love Songs” about not really knowing what he’s doing. It’s his humanizing moment, literally.

Tam Lin engineers his own escape from Faerieland to be with Janet — Blaine transfers from Dalton to McKinley specifically to be with Kurt.

And then Tam Lin spends the last several verses transforming into a variety of problematic objects that Janet has to accept and love anyway before the magic finally leaves him and he becomes a naked man. Ladies and gents, may I introduce you to season3!Blaine. If one of the main themes of this season hasn’t been peeling the Blaine onion, I don’t know what the hell it’s been doing.

3. Dalton is Faerieland.

Everything is utopian and pretty at Dalton, and the worst thing that happens is a Warbler fight over the color of the stripes on their uniforms — what can it be other than Faerieland?

Oh peeps, we have to go deeper.

faeries, death, and Klaine

Stories matter. And sometimes you can figure out the story being told even if the person telling it doesn’t realize it themselves.

So let’s talk a little bit about fairylore.

Faerieland is traditionally a liminal space, neither Heaven nor Hell. It’s frequently outside of Time, or at least severely challenged by it — to visit Faerieland is to experience in a moment the passage of years. If you travel there, you’ll be offered food and drink — much like Persephone, you’ll be trapped there for a time if you partake of it.

The faeries themselves are often portrayed as musical, but perhaps not entirely creative — they’re constantly seeking new songs. They’ll snatch humans when they can — something about us attracts them. And… one of the theories about faeries is that, actually, they’re not strange magical Other beings at all — they used to be humans. When they were alive.

There’s a reason barrows are a frequent door into Faerieland.

If Dalton is Faerieland, let’s take a second look at what happens when Kurt arrives there. He meets Blaine, who leads the other Warblers in song (is he the one who brought them “Teenage Dream”? itself another clue, thankyouverymuchQueenMab). Afterwards, they bring Kurt coffee — and Kurt drinks it. It’s then only a matter of time before Kurt joins the rest of the faerie court at Dalton.

And the Warblers are most definitely fae. Kurt recognizes it when he asks if everyone at Dalton is gay — these boys are beautiful, enchanting, plying him with drink, and clearly magical.

What’s less obvious, of course, is that they’re also dead.

We never see them outside of their uniforms (except Blaine, who, by the time we see him in street clothes in “Blame It On the Alcohol,” has already confessed that he’s human). They haunt only their own school and liminal spaces such as stages and staircases — it requires Blaine and Kurt, the two humans, to convince them otherwise. And why don’t they go anywhere? Because the last time they did, in 1927, seven of them died. The Warblers are totally dead, and they’re totally elves because of it.

At the beginning of Blaine’s story, he’s swooped up and saved by the Queen from a damaging fall — hi, Sadie Hawkins dance and the transfer to Dalton. Time affects him differently there, symbolized at first by his closing and putting away a pocket watch when Kurt first addresses him. Even more, though, he’s older there than in the “real” world. He’s lived more life at Dalton, literally, and when he returns to Earth he’s back to what he was when he entered — which frankly is the best explanation I can come up with for Blaine’s astonishing age retcon. We don’t find out he’s actually younger than Kurt until after he’s left Faerieland and its ability to warp time.

Blaine’s escape is engineered by himself, but it comes about because of Kurt. Kurt, in his role as Janet, is responsible for the transformation of Blaine from magical being to naked, vulnerable human. Until Blaine is completely human (and is he now, with his gel gone?), the faeries might still get him back.

But why is Janet powerful enough to interrupt the will of the faerie court? In the ballad, it’s because she’s got some inside knowledge from Tam Lin, and because she’s pregnant when she does it. Pregnancy is another liminal state, and also a complete 180 from the dead surrounding her.

In Kurt, it’s because he’s pregnant (ha!), and because he is the one with the most control over death. (See, like, every one of Racheline’s essays on Letters from Titan for additional information regarding Kurt, death, magic, and power.)

Kurt has the power to sway the faerie court because he’s human, and humans are interesting little things that sing pretty songs, but also because Kurt can affect the death around himself.

and where does that leave us

There are some additional interesting points to be made when comparing Tam Lin and Glee. For instance, Sebastian as personification of the largely absent Queen, both seductive and destructive, and the inevitable downfall of Dalton, from a safe space to one of dangerously mercurial temperments that need release. but that’s all extra stuff, most of which other people could probably talk about better than me.

So in the end: all the basic meta tumblr has been playing around with for months is still good to go. Kurt is pregnant, Kurt is a mediator of death, Blaine is an odd duck who, with every episode, seems to reveal a new (and sometimes problematic) layer of himself. What, then, can Tam Lin teach us?

For one thing, it tells us how Kurt is a mediator, and why he’s pregnant. It tells us that maybe Blaine is done transforming — but maybe not. (As much as I’d like the gel to be the final layer, I’m betting not. He’s not naked enough yet.) It also tells us a story that makes Blaine’s timeline and Dalton’s strangeness make sense.

There are probably other connections. More ways to find the logic in one story repeated in the other. But as I am no longer an active academic, and am likewise very tired, I now leave this to better minds than mine to decypher further.

Holy shit. This is fantastic, and it pulls together so many of the threads that have been floating around.

It’s so awesome, seeing it all in one place.

Thing I really appreciate about this post: it stresses that author intent doesn’t matter. We have mythos and archetypes for a reason, stories fall into patterns, and this one has been told over and over again. Doesn’t make it less compelling–if anything, it’s stuck around because it works. But it’s not a question of…coding, which I think is a misperception people have when I, at least, talk about this? It’s just pattern recognition. It’s how a whole lot (I’d say every, but careful with absolutes) of decent art/story/work happens. I plan my creative work very, very tightly and put a lot of thought into the tiny details and symbols, but I still end up putting things in my stories, scripts, and movies that I only realize in retrospect. Doesn’t make them less there, or less meaningful. If a story or work is any good, it takes on a life of its own, and clicks into others.

Things I would add to the post:

-If you look at the episodes where Kurt is at Dalton, he undergoes a classical Hero’s journey. Which adds another element, another story, and, for me personally, explains much more powerfully why he’s able to leave.

-But none of this is mutually exclusive. After all, Dalton also has all kinds of Titanic refs in it. 

-This also explains why the Warblers go bad after Blaine leaves and Sebastian takes over. You can’t just leave, Blaine, and in the stories where our hero does, he comes back to find things changed and dangerous.

-The person who sends Kurt to fairyland? Is named Puck.

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crown-of-weeds:

catsandfairies:

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KIEHL. THAT’S HIS FUCKING LAST NAME JESUS I FINALLY FOUND IT THANK YOU INTERNET

Parallels? No wonder Blaine was upset about cute texts.

I think that, of all the ‘verses I have in my head, my favorite is the one where the kids are cognizant of things like parallels and colors.

“Uh-oh guys, it’s our third week back. Kurt, Finn, mind your father, this is the Daddy Issues week.”

“Yeah Quinn, you sound real fierce, but you’re wearing blue, so I don’t have to listen to you.”

“DON’T LET FINN AND RACHEL SING A DUET IT’S HOW WE LOSE COMPETITIONS, GEEZE.” 

“I feel like it’s time for another sex riot, how about you?”

“Guys who’s turn is it to watch a dude sing in the shower”


No but this is a brill idea

“Hey Mercedes, wanna give us a WARNING before you suck us all into your next dream sequence?”

“Damnit someone died, go get Kurt.”

“Okay, it’s mashup week, what kind of weird sports-related shit are we gonna pull off? We’ve already been addicted to pills, used our football coach to cool off, and resolved our differences via dodgeball. Maybe paintball?” “I CLAIM THE RED PAINTBALLS.” “WELL I CLAIM THE RED GUN.”

“Finn we’re all happy. Make time stop”

“Quinn, you’re wearing yellow. What’s wrong? No, I don’t believe you’re alright, yellow

“So if Rachel is learning a valuable lesson about sex this week, I guess Miss Pillsbury is too.”

“And Puck”

“Oh yeah, right”

A+++

“Okay guys, last week was Artie’s moment, so this week is Illusion Week. Believe nothing, trust no one, and please, let’s not have anyone getting engaged this year.”

“But I like next week more–we get to rumble with our rival show choir and screw around with our appearances. Blaine, you might want to wear protective eyewear. Come on, can’t we just skip ahead?”

“No, Finn only goes backwards, sorry.”


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KIEHL. THAT’S HIS FUCKING LAST NAME JESUS I FINALLY FOUND IT THANK YOU INTERNET

Parallels? No wonder Blaine was upset about cute texts.

I think that, of all the ‘verses I have in my head, my favorite is the one where the kids are cognizant of things like parallels and colors.

“Uh-oh guys, it’s our third week back. Kurt, Finn, mind your father, this is the Daddy Issues week.”

“Yeah Quinn, you sound real fierce, but you’re wearing blue, so I don’t have to listen to you.”

“DON’T LET FINN AND RACHEL SING A DUET IT’S HOW WE LOSE COMPETITIONS, GEEZE.” 

“I feel like it’s time for another sex riot, how about you?”

“Mercedes has been wearing red for a while, no wonder she’s winning at life.”

“Schuester is ignoring us. Artie, take it away.”

“Kurt, if you have a sec, could you make my dreams come true?”

“I’m too depressed to sing. Blaine, sing for me please.”

“Okay, it’s been eight weeks, time for our annual fall wedding.”

“Hey, can the person who takes over Glee Club from Mr. Schue for the seventh week this year be super cool again? Finn wasn’t anything compared to Ms. Holiday. Oooooh, quick, what celebrities did we talk about last year, I bet we can get one of them.”

“Okay, we’re about three months in, and….huh. I guess Artie’s recognized the pattern? He came to school drunk today, all "bring your PC! fail to me motherfuckers, I can take it, I’m gonna look awesome by the end of the week.” Quick, someone patronize him, it’s time.“


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poemsingreenink:

Dear Kurt,

Congratulations and condolences! You are becoming an adult. Certain changes you will probably encounter include your magic, while still being around, not working quite as well as it once did in the areas you are used to. That doesn’t mean it’s gone it’s just evolving. For example, singing your feelings to a person will no longer magically fix all of your problems. Talk to Quinn (“Pleas, don’t sing!”). She’ll explain further.

Good luck!

-Poems

luckyjak:

theperksofbeingagleek:

You Should Be Dancing (brightened)

Damnit, now I want an AU where Blaine, Mike, and Brittany are Charlie’s Angels.

Get on it, fandom.

Oooooh, this makes me want to go back to the ‘verse where all the magic is verbalized and so Mike and Britt pulled Blaine into their dreamsequence so he could channel them, and then he starts slowing time down so they can slow-mo, and Finn’s all “wait but that’s MY job” and Blaine’s all “I can channel all you motherfuckers now, all of you,” and then Kurt’s like “c'mon sweetie time to have more spectacular sex where I make all of your dreams come true, isn’t being a Real Boy again fantastic?

And then Santana blows something up because she’s bored.

mzminola:As seen from Puck’s view over the edge of the dumpster, Mercedes is hanging out with Chee

mzminola:

As seen from Puck’s view over the edge of the dumpster, Mercedes is hanging out with Cheerios who aren’t in Glee club, along with Brittany, and leading them in a song. I think they’re all singing and clapping.

So that suggestion people had going around that Mercedes is actually the one who got other Cheerios to join the TroubleTones? Yeah, I can see that.


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I don’t think Rachel’s ever been to a funeral before.

Kurt’s been to far too many.

and yes, 1 is far too many


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tiktokofoz:

The students at WMHS will love ND if they’re titillated or if the performance is sports-related, but that doesn’t stop the Slushees and abuse and insults from coming the next day.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ is technically a dream sequence showcasing Blaine’s ability to pull in crowds effortlessly. As can Brittany.

I have lots of feelings about Brittany in Run the World (Girls). She’s literally singing “My persuasion will rule the nation” and that lyric in particular is essential to her arc.

Any have explanations on why One Love (People Get Ready) worked when Empire State of Mind didn’t? Is it because Artie is the Pied Piper?

Toxic is about Will and how every single one of the kids sees right through him.

Empire State of Mind is trying to get kids to join Glee–it’s not titillating or sports-related. One Love (people get ready) is all about Puck, just out of juvie, bullying the entire school into giving them money, because as far as badasses go he’s number wah. Right?


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canuckjacq:

interesting. 

mzminola:“Hey guys. My name is Mercedes Jones. So most of you know, Cheerios is about perfection, mzminola:“Hey guys. My name is Mercedes Jones. So most of you know, Cheerios is about perfection, mzminola:“Hey guys. My name is Mercedes Jones. So most of you know, Cheerios is about perfection, mzminola:“Hey guys. My name is Mercedes Jones. So most of you know, Cheerios is about perfection,

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“Hey guys. My name is Mercedes Jones. So most of you know, Cheerios is about perfection, and winning. Looking hot, and being popular. Well I think that it should be about something different. How many of you at this school feel fat?”

[Quinn raises her hand, girl in green looks at Quinn, and then raises her own hand]

“How many of you feel like you’re not worth very much? That you’re ugly, or that you have too many dimples and not enough friends?”

[hey Jesse. What’s up with you?]

“Well I felt all those things about myself at one time or another. Heck I felt most of those things about myself today. And that just ain’t right. And we’ve got something to say about it. And if you like what we have to say, come down here and sing it with us.”

…this is her forming a choir out of the girl!Cheerios, and other students at the school. THIS IS CHOIR SUMMONING POWERS.


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mzminola:

Kurt doesn’t turn with the other Cheerios, but at some point he does wind up facing the same way, smiling at Mercedes and singing with the crowd. I think all of New Directions (that are kids, Schue stays in the stands) joins Mercedes in her song.

So this moment kind of…it’s the only time (that isn’t a dream sequence) where the Cheerios perform, and non-Cheerios join them.

The first dream sequence with the Cheerios belonged to Mercedes.

Can we talk about Mercedes controlling the cheerleaders?


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mzminola:For the dream-sequence portion of his The Doors solo (Hello) Finn Hudson gets Cheerios as

mzminola:

For the dream-sequence portion of his The Doors solo (Hello) Finn Hudson gets Cheerios as dancers. I can’t recall if he’s had dream sequences before, has he?

You know who else gets Cheerios as back-up dancers in their first dream sequences? Mercedes and Quinn.


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kaleidomusings:

au!klaine - in which kurt dies unexpectedly, but is given a second chance at life. blaine’s the angel assigned to help him.

yes

Barely an AU, barely an AU.


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