Sunday, July 14, 2013

Dear Lea Michele ...

I know that the devastating Glee news of the day is not technically literary. I but I would be willing to bet that a lot of people who read this blog and who read Young Adult Lit are Glee fans. I felt compelled to right this ... It may seem silly or trivial, but I just needed to. It's also on my Tumblr.

Dear Lea,

I don't know you. I'm just a fan.

But for so many other fans like me -- and there are more of us than can be counted -- you are an inspiration. For every little girl who has ever dreamed of being on Broadway or moving to New York City when she "grows up." For every person who has Broadway show tunes on their iTunes play list instead of Top 40 -- or, even better, for every fan who chooses to listen Glee covers by you and Cory Monteith on repeat.

I (and all your fans) don't know you and we can't even begin to imagine what you're going through. But I know that I personally am heartbroken -- and not just that we lost a phenomenal talent who was too young, the male star of our favorite show, or a character won't be explored -- but for you. My first thought was about you.

I relate to you. I also relate to your character. I've always wanted to find the kind of man you found.

Please know that whatever struggles he faced and whatever the reason for this tragedy ends up being, true fans remember him for being a good man, a courageous actor who played a role that gave other young adults and teenagers confidence, and for all the wonderful things he was, not whatever afflicted him. He is remembered for being an amazing person -- nothing less.

I know I'm not the only fan, either, who wishes I knew you, not to prod and poke at you like the paparazzi are no doubt going to do, but to give you a hug and tell you in person I'm praying for you. Know that as you grieve, you have hundreds of thousands of fans praying for you, pouring love and tears out for you, and who will always support whatever you do and will do whatever we can to help make you feel strong.

We are behind you. We love you. We love Cory. We will never forget the good he did and we will never stop believin' in you.

Love,
Heather (and presumably the Glee/Finchel/Monchele Fandom)

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