My very first character I talked about on this blog series is Elphaba. If you love Elphaba, it is very hard not to love Glinda. She starts the top of the show in a bubble and is basically in a way the narrator of the entire show. She does say that she did know Elphaba and goes on saying that they both went to the same college.
Glinda is very popular at school. She is very outgoing and funny, which are two reasons why I love this character. She is a comical character, but also very real. She is a girlie girl and all she seems to wear throughout the entire show are dresses. She does eventually become Elphaba’s best friend and the musical revolves around their friendship. They both bonded at a school dance where Glinda made Elphaba’s silly dance quite magical and I love that moment in the show. It is where Glinda and Fiyero become a couple, but eventually they become part of a love triangle.
In the entire “Popular” scene, you notice just how funny Glinda is. It is a fun scene to watch and you watch Glinda trying to give Elphaba a makeover.
Eventually Elphaba realizes her feelings for Fiyero. So Glinda, Elphaba, and Fiyero create a very complex love triangle. Elphaba realizing her feelings for Fiyero doesn’t pursue him because she doesn’t want to risk losing her friendship with Glinda.
Well, look what happens in act II. First Glinda hears rumors spread about Elphaba and she knows they are not true. She is trying to stay happy for the citizens of OZ, but feels quite sad so she trying to hide how hurt she is. She also has to put up with Fiyero breaking up with her and ending up with Elphaba. But just like Elphaba, she doesn’t try to steal him back.
You eventually realize just how much Elphaba means in Glinda’s life. She realizes that Elphaba was the only friend that mattered. Their bond is so special that they don’t let a boy get in the way of their friendship. They realize they have to part ways, but are able to to express that they changed each other for good.
Much of my love for Glinda comes from how funny she is and that she is so real in the fact that she feels a lot of pain in the second act with the unrequited love jumping to her and having to be annoyed by rumors spread about her best friends. Than she has to part ways with Elphaba. The fact that she is a comic character that has pain in her life makes her feel like a real person. I just love her bond with Elphaba so much. Because of the bond, I can’t seem to separate the two so Glinda is my second favorite female musical character.