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CAUSE I SERIOUSLY NEEDED SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU GUYS.

Don’t forget that drinking plenty of water and tea, eating a healthy diet and daily exercise will make a HUGE difference with your complexion.  Touching your face frequently is also a big no-no.  Everyone’s skin is different, so experiment with your own treatment routines and find what best suits you!!  I think this is a topic that’s almost taboo to talk about, but everyone has it, so we might as well help each other out with what we’ve found successful, right!?

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Oh man, I miss this asshole Blaine.

I miss him so much, I will probably always want to write him.

Was this all a persona? I really want the narrative behind the changes, to be honest. I know in reality it was probably that they had no idea what to do with the character and his popularity blew up and blew them away, but he really is so very different now and I want to know WHY he was so confident before and where did it all go? That’s probably too much to ask, though …

And here’s my disconnect with the Blaine fandom. He’s still confident. He claimed that New Rachel spot. He forced his faculty advisor to wear a superhero costume. He was called to account by the NND for being a bossy little snit. He soaks up attention and thrives on it. He felt out of place in the loft so he staked out some space in it, and he Broadway Babied with panache.

Is it just that we’re also seeing his insecurities that makes the confidence seem to disappear for some viewers? Is it that human tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive? Blaine sometimes gets lost in his own headspace, but who doesn’t? I don’t think he’s lost that outer confidence at all. We just see all sides of him, not just the bravado.

That’s interesting commentary. I would say that there is much less bravado from him than we saw in season 2. Between talking himself into cheating on Kurt (“I thought we were done. I thought you’d already moved on.”) and the tendency we’ve seen of his to get stuck in his own head, he seems to have lost that inner confidence that shone out of him when we first met him. Even the bossiness feels different, more strident, less leading and more pushing. That’s just my read on it, but I really wonder if there was discussion about it BTS or if the character just evolved that way without forethought. 

For me, it’s that nearly *all* we saw of Blaine in Season 2 was the bravado, so yes, that certainly stood out as a character trait. But now we’ve seen so many more sides of Blaine’s personality that his confidence doesn’t necessarily stand out, but I think it’s still there in spades. You bring up Blaine’s cheating, which is absolutely a failure of confidence for him, but even afterward, when he was in the depths of despair, he still readily suggested the spotlight male role in Grease for himself. And he had wanted Danny or he wouldn’t have auditioned at all. Not to mention that he *still* performed with enough confidence to make that audition committee want him in the main role; Blaine just knew that he wasn’t up for it emotionally right then. 

As I’m typing, I’m also realizing that even in Season 2, Kurt brought out Blaine’s more sensitive side. It was to Kurt that he confessed his fears about Jeremiah’s serenade, for instance, and it was with Kurt that he spilled the beans about his past history with school dances and except for when he asked Kurt to dance at the end of Prom, Blaine was pretty darn vulnerable that episode. So it makes sense to me that as his relationship with Kurt has progressed, we’ve seen more of that vulnerability. Which perhaps has taken screen time away from Bravado Blaine, but I think he’s still easy to find if you look. He’s the guy who got his closest friends to dress up as super heroes for their lock-in at the school for no reason whatsoever. He hatched a secret plan to take down Sue that I really wish we’d seen actually happen. He didn’t offer to give up the valedictorian speech once he got it, just to include Tina and Artie in helping prepare for it. And there are more examples, but I’ve got to get back to work!

To sum up, I don’t think Blaine’s had personality shifts so much as we’ve been given more insight into how that personality works. I think that makes us engage differently with his confidence/bravado, but it’s still there when I go looking for it.

Reblogging for the last post.

All this does is remind me that this fandom completely lacks nuance and only sees things in absolutes. We see Blaine as insecure, so he can only be that, it means everything we saw before it was fake, both sides can’t exist in him.

Except that people are multifaceted, and complicated and contradictory. Blaine can both have the bravado while also being deeply insecure. He can be cocky and arrogant sometimes, while also being all the things we’ve seen in him. He didn’t become a different person, we just know him better now.

Seriously, one of Glee’s biggest lessons, that runs through the entire series that fandom seems to either completely miss, or completely ignore is that there IS NOT BLACK AND WHITE, the world exists in shades of grey. People are complicated, there’s more than four sides to them, they have layers. And Blaine is one of the most complex and layered characters on the show.

There’s a lot of interesting stuff here, particularly the last few comments, but no one has mentioned that in season 2 we saw Blaine the way Kurt saw him, because it was Kurt’s story we were following; not Blaine’s. Kurt put Blaine Warbler on a pedestal. It’s no accident that the times fandom got mad at Blaine back then were also the times Blaine did or said things that eroded that elevated image Kurt had built up in his mind. He has changed yes, so have all of them. But since season 4 onward we are getting his side of the story. And his story might contradict Kurt’s in some places. It doesn’t mean they’re mutually exclusive. 

The last two comments

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And just to touch a little bit on the last one there, the reason why I loved season 4 Blaine was not only because we saw him from his own POV, but we saw him from the POV of Sam and Tina who are his two closest friends, and it was like different projections finally converging together to create a 3D image. Blaine is simultaneously Sam’s best bro who he can dress up as superheroes with and Tina’s mushy sweet affectionate best friend. To Kurt he is a superstar that Kurt will happily support but can also be quietly resentful of, and to Sebastian and Hunter he’s someone that they worship but wants his talents for their own selfish ends. To himself he is…a lot of complicated and contradictory and hypocritical things in his own head that I can’t describe in a single phrase, but that’s what makes him so interesting.

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