Everyone has a character who influenced them more than any other. You know the one. That face that’s as familiar to you as your own awkward teenage smile from back along, the one that carried you through dark times with their ideal brand of vampire-ridden escapism. The one who made you realise that you were destined for a life of geekdom. Since this is the first post in this blog I thought it would be apt to bring her out, dust her off, and plonk her back in the limelight.
You see, Buffy didn’t do it for me. I’m not saying she wasn’t an incredible character; she was. But Faith was my baby. She was troubled and confused and dealing with it the best way she could. Sure, that ended in accidental murder, but the way it was handled was awesome. She really came into her own and left an impression on me for life.
Have you read the linked-in book, Go Ask Malice? Turns out Faith has some pretty heavy mother issues which I was dealing with at the time too. The most important thing Faith made me realise was that no matter how flawed or ruined you think you are, there’s always a way through.
It helped that I had (and still have) a massive crush on Eliza Dushku. Let’s just say this woman awoke an awareness of my sexuality and leave it at that.
Faith isn’t the perfect character. She is dark, she has issues, she isn’t the kind of person you’d want to pass in a dark night. But I had never really seen a female character like her; someone so obviously damaged and occasionally ‘evil’ who was still portrayed as a well-rounded character. She was human in a world of monsters and a little of that leaked into her but never made her unrelatable.
Who was your first favourite? Does she still have an impact on you today?
- Joss Whedon: ‘I kept telling my mum reading comics would pay off’ (guardian.co.uk)
- BEFORE BUFFY: THE SCARCITY OF FEMALE ROLE MODELS IN 1960s BRITISH TV (multiglom.wordpress.com)
- Lisa Steinberg: The Buffy Effect (huffingtonpost.com)