Driftwood 8 31

Driftwood 8 31

For many years I had been under the delusion that Willie is mostly based on myself.

Last week I was rewatching all the Alien films (such a nice Christmasy thing to do). I had pretty much forgotten all about some of them – the third because it was so bad, and the fourth, Alien: Resurrection, because it was such a long time since I last saw it (it must have been in 1997 when it came out). I had totally forgotten what happened in it and what other characters there were besides Ripley and the aliens, but I did remember that I really loved the film. Now that I was going to watch it again I was a bit worried that I would be disappointed.

But instead, I not only loved it all over again (even if some of the dialogue is a bit stupid), but I also found myself thinking over and over, “OH, so THAT’s where that came from!!” I was really astonished by how it’d had such a fundamental influence on the comics I’ve been making. But how could I have forgotten it? It’s like Alien: Resurrection abandoned the conscious part of my brain and instead totally invaded the subconscious part.

The most obvious and most bizarrely forgotten influence is Call, on whom I must have subconsciously based a big part of Willie.

It was a truly surreal experience to watch this film and have the distinct feeling that I knew this character very well, and not just from seeing the film once before, thirteen years ago.  O_o

And it’s a big relief that Willie really isn’t as much of a Mary Sue as I’d been dreading.

Discussion (6)¬

  1. Aidan says:

    Happy New Year!

    Hey, Alien 4. I quite liked that, actually – it partly restored the disaster that was Alien 3. Can’t say I’ve ever thought of Call when I see Willie, but now that you mention it there is a resemblance. She’s cute, though very boyish.

  2. Tinet says:

    What’s this “though” business …? :o)

  3. Ilan says:

    I am not sure, though it could be that it somehow became a fancy in the last few years to use it in that manner. It is also interesting how it is used at the end of a sentence sometimes. I became aware of it about three years ago and have been removing it when my subconscious decides it has to use it though…

    Wow. Way off topic. I had a small crush on call when this movie came out. And I almost never have crushes on celebrities.

  4. Tinet says:

    Uuuh … I was jokingly commenting on how Aidan seems to say that even *though* she is very boyish, she is cute, as if one thing would normally exclude the other.
    Of course it’s perfectly normal and actually very nice that people have differing tastes … V^(oo)^;V

    As for having a crush on Call, it’s you and me both. (Along with hordes of other fanboys and fangirls, I’m sure.) But she is not a celebrity! She is a fictional character. Unless you had a crush on Winona Ryder, not Call. ;o)

  5. Aidan says:

    Ahem. Well, I’ve always had a thing for tomboys (hell, almost to the exclusion of all other girls), but being a tomboy does not at all require boyish looks so much as boyish dress/habits/etc. Boyish looks are okay but can be a little off-putting – when one is actually wondering ‘is that a boy or a girl’ – if you get my drift.

  6. Tinet says:

    Heh, I see … :o)