At the Heart of Sue Sylvester
By Gabi Stevens
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that I’m a romance author. I’m also a sap; I freely admit it. I’m always looking for a happy ending. Glee is one of those wonderful
visceral shows that allows someone like me to laugh and cry, often in the same episode. I sobbed when Kurt came out to his father. I forced my husband to watch the football team dancing to Beyonc©’s “Single Ladies.” Will and Emma’s romance breaks my heart every week as it encounters those familiar obstacles found in all romance novels. If the show finishes like one of my books, Rachel will triumph over her own self-centeredness and win Finn, with a few missteps along the way; Finn will recover from Quinn’s deceit, and Quinn will find her own happiness. Yet in spite of my cheering for the good guys, my desire for the triumph of good over evil, my natural proclivities to look for the emotionally satisfying endings, none of the Glee characters fascinates me as much as the villain of the series, Sue Sylvester.
Let’s face it: Sue is successful, strong, and has the best lines in the show. She never tempers her brutality, her caustic wit generates fear in everyone from Principal Figgins to the students, and she probably deserves to be arrested for some of her actions, like when she pushed the school nurse down the stairs. Nevertheless, I adore
her. I have no desire to …