Blaine and Rachel manage to irritate me for completely different reasons but also for the eerily similar way they are treated sometimes.
Both of them are constantly reminded of their talent and depicted as the stars of the Glee club. Both of them are, to me, undeserving of all these praises (Blaine much more than Rachel though).
Rachel does have an impressive set of pipes but she has terrible breath control: she gasps for breath (you can hear it especially in her season 3 and season 4 songs). Following the rules of Bel Canto this should not be happening and the fact that it’s so evident is frankly cringe-worthy. She doesn’t have a particularly impressive vocal range (more like at all), she belts when she shouldn’t and doesn’t know how to sing second voice (to make it simple, she always sounds louder than the others in harmonies and seen as I detected it in Spring Awakening too I’m inclined to think that’s all Lea’s doing, not the Anders brothers’). In season 1 I would have put only Mercedes ahead of her for the role of best female singer, but Lea’s voice has become a real mess lately so I’d say Rachel now is also behind Marley, Tina, Unique and Santana. Rachel was never the best singer in that choir room and I’m sick and tired of people telling such bullshit because i have ears, i can decide who is the best singer on my own, i don’t need to constantly hear people’s wrong opinions about it.
Blaine’s case is even more ridiculous because his lack of voice is so clear it’s almost sad. His voice is very smooth and pleasant but lacks both of depth and range, it doesn’t have a vibrato and doesn’t reasonate, it lacks of strenght and personality…basically, it’s bland and forgettable. The fact that he is treated like a God amongst men when he seriously has one of the weakest voices is laughable: Artie, Puck, Kurt, Sam…all these guys are better singers than him, Finn is not exactly Luciano Pavarotti but his voice has personality and a gritt that makes it recognizable immediately.
Blaine is handed everything without even trying (and without deserving it one bit), Rachel is shown as very hard-working, this is true, BUT when she doesn’t succeed immediately instead of working even harder she wallows in her misery, throws tantrums or cries or stalks the dean and at the end she gets what she wants and all is right in the world again. She is shown suffering for it but not STRUGGLING and at the end she gets everything and more, almost as an excuse for not having been given it immediately.
There is one thing, though, that I want to point out and it’s the reason why at the end of the day I don’t hate (or even really dislike) Rachel but I despise Blaine: he is never shown to be in the wrong and when he is he never pays the consequences of his actions. Rachel has been bullied and even humiliated sometimes, she has suffered from what her shitty mother has done and has been called out on her diva bullshit. Blaine was never called out on anything, not when he slut-shamed Sam nor when he cheated on Kurt (‘You are one of the good guys Blaine. You are a hero’). The few times the writers tried to give him some depth or tried to make him a sympathetic character it all fell short: the story of him having been beaten up by bullies at Sadie Hawkins and how he felt not comfortable going to prom with Kurt but once he did HE PERFORMED A SONG THAT SAID ‘YOU ARE THE GIRL THAT I’VE BEEN DREAMING OF EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL’ i mean come on, how seriously can i take this? Or the fact that he lives at the shadow of his brother but then it’s revealed then oh Cooper is just jealous of him because Blaine is just SO MUCH MORE TALENTED! How can i sympathize with a character like that? Rahel getting everything and then some irritates me but at least when it all goes to her head people tell her to calm down and call her out for it when she is being too awful. Blaine never experienced that.
So yes, Rachel and Blaine do share some similarities but at the end of the day, it’s Blaine the one that i really want to kick in the face.