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Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.

The Unchosen One?

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on May 11th, 2011

Last Friday, I spent the evening at the theatre watching Hairspray.  This show has a great formula for entertaining the audience:  catchy music, entertaining dance moves, humorous lines, and a compelling theme.  Another reason I like this musical is that its protagonist isn’t typical; she has an eccentric dad, her family isn’t wealthy, she has a weight issue.  The atypical nature of the protagonist makes her all the more real, just like the rest of us she has her issues but wages her battle with the goal of winning.

The unlikely winner, or “unchosen one”, makes for a great story that is seen across categories.  How many romance novels are sold in which the less than perfect woman wins the love of the dashing leading man?  What about all the movies made that tell the story of the ne’er do well who manages to turn his life around and succeed?  It seems that many of want the underdog to win.

These stories echo throughout daily events.  Just last weekend, there were several the occurred in the world of sports.  In NASCAR, a driver earned his first win in a Sprint Cup Series race.  At the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, a horse with 20-1 odds became the winner.  These are just two of a handful of sporting stories in which the less favored participant wins.

Congratulations to all of those unchosen ones!  You make the events worth watching.



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