What would Glee be like without the music and songs? In part, 216-pages of exhilarating drama in McKinley High packed in the form of a novel titled Glee: The Beginning. If you are a true Glee fan who thinks you’d be disappointed with this first installment in the original novel series officially deemed as the prequel of the run-away hit TV series on Fox, then you are absolutely wrong. Very wrong, actually.
Granted, books can’t sing. The truth of the matter is that there is so much more to Glee than musical numbers like “Don’t Stop Believin’ or “Defying Gravity“. Ever wondered what Glee had be without the drama? Glee won’t be Glee then either, right? My point, exactly. That’s what the books are here for; an attempt to quench the thirst of thousands of Glee fans – or rather Gleeks – across the globe. It helps to fill in the blanks, tie-in the loopholes, and to catch up with the stars of New Directions even before it was even a glimmer in Mr. Schuester’s eye.
In essence, Glee: The Beginning is an amusing compilation on the lives of your favorite stars of New Direction by Sophia Lowell. It provides answers to questions that you’d always wanted to know. When did Rachel first set her eyes on Finn? How did the secret romance between Puck and Quinn begin? When did Kurt and Mercedes become friends?
In a nutshell, the book focuses on Glee Club in its initial stage, where we get to know who has the hots for whom and who hated who. There are parts in which your heart goes out to your favorite Glee members as they constantly get bullied, like every day. Remember the episodes with the slushies? Basically, the book goes on to reveal how Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes and the rest of them try in vain to fit in with the “popular crowd” at McKinley High most often than not being the subjects of public ridicule by their superior and equally mean-spirited popular kids – in other words, people who aren’t them.
As a friend once told me, Gleeks could be easily divided into 3 general categories: those who watch it for the songs, those who watch it for the drama and those who watch it for both. If you are in the first category, then the book might not appeal to you. But to the rest of you Gleeks, dive right into it. Because you wouldn’t want to miss the real treat!