Interview with Willow
I don't normally do the meme thing, but the 'Interview your character's values' questionnaire developed by penguin and recced by petzipellepingo intrigued me. No prizes for guessing which character I chose to do...
Now with Director's Commentary.
What's the worst thing someone could do?
You mean, apart from torture people to death, threaten to kill her friends and almost destroy the world? Um. I think, betray someone they love.
What's the worst thing someone could do to you?
Worst for me personally, or worst for those around me? 'Cause some sort of memory spell or mind control that made me forget myself, turn back to the dark magics, that would be bad. Seriously bad. Better stop there in case Amy or someone ever reads this.
What's the worst thing that could happen to you?
Being left alone. Being told that I'm not worth knowing.
What's the worst thing someone could say about a person?
That they're worthless.
What's the best thing someone could say about a person?
That they made a difference. They're special. They did what they had to do to make the world a better place.
Are men and women basically different?
Well, apart from the obvious... no. Not really. We all want the same stuff, when you get down to it.
Which is better, to be a woman or to be a man?
Well, we women have the whole lifeforce goddess creatrix blah blah thing going for us, so gotta say 'woman'.
What can men do that women can't do?
Y'know, Tara and I once discussed whether you could use magic to conceive a child without needing a father. She knew about a spell that was supposed to make it possible, but she thought it was wrong because it went against the natural order of things and upset the Balance of Life. I thought that was silly, and researched the spell anyway, though I didn't tell her 'cause it would have upset her but, y'know, she might have changed her mind when we were older. And now... well anyway, the answer is there's absolutely nothing a man can do that I can't also do.
What can women do that men can't do?
Loads of stuff.
Is it possible to change genders?
Abso-frickin'-lutely. It's an easy spell. You want me to cast it on you, just ask. Um, it's not permanent though. And there are a few side-effects. Nothing major.
How old is old enough to have sex?
When you're old enough to understand what you're getting into, and you're not just doing it out of peer pressure. Although peer pressure can work the other way too... sometimes I wish the guys would lighten up and give Dawnie a break some times. Heck, she's as old as Buffy was her first time now.
Is it wrong to have sex if you're unmarried?
Well, it would be nice if some of us had the option of getting married to the person we have sex with...
Is it wrong to have sex with someone other than your spouse if you're married?
Yes. Trust is important. Well, unless you're into all that polyamory stuff: I suppose it's OK then. Or if your spouse agrees.
Is it wrong to have sex with a person of the same gender?
(Gives the interviewer a Look and rolls her eyes).
Is it wrong to have sex with a person of a different race (or a different intelligent non-human species)?
I think it's sweet. And sometimes kinky, but in a fun way. Um, not that I ever have. Especially not with any sentient robots, absolutely not.
Is it wrong to have more than one sexual partner at the same time?
I don't think I'd want to. Your relationship would feel, I dunno, diluted if you shared it with more and more people. Though I'm not saying it's wrong.
Is it wrong to have sex with someone you don't love?
Not wrong, but why would you want to?
What are the responsibilities of a mother toward a child?
To listen to her, show an interest, be there for her when she needs love.
What are the responsibilities of a father toward a child?
Give her a sense of stability, teach her right and wrong, look after her. Of course, both parents can do any or all of that stuff, it doesn't have to be restricted by gender.
What are the responsibilities of a child toward a parent?
Um. I suppose, respect them, make them proud of her.
Which should be more important to you, your parent or your child?
I think, when you're a child, your parents are automatically important to you, it's not even an issue. But your children should be important to you if you're a parent, and sometimes they aren't, and that's wrong because you shouldn't have the kids in the first place if you aren't gonna be there for them, you know?
Which should be more important to you, your parent or your spouse?
Yikes. Why should it come down to a contest? But I suppose your spouse. You choose them, and they choose you.
Which should be more important to you, your child or your spouse?
Double yikes. I don't know. Your child, I suppose. They need you for everything.
Is it wrong to have a child if you're unmarried?
Nope. As long as you're in a position to look after them properly.
Is abortion wrong?
No. A woman should have the right to choose. Though I don't know what I would do in that situation... thankfully, I doubt I'll ever need to find out.
Is contraception wrong?
Not really an issue for me now. But no, of course not.
Is there one true religion?
I think most of them are true, actually. For certain values of true.
Does a deity or deities exist?
I've met a few. Heck, if you listen to some of the new Slayers talking, I'm one myself.
How important is it to believe in a deity or deities?
How important is it to believe that fire burns, that electricity can kill you? The gods are real. Ignoring them would be, uh, unwise.
How important is it to actively practice your religion?
I think it gives you a sense of stability. Tradition's important, y'know? And, well, for me it gives me a sort of philosophy, a self-discipline. A framework to use my powers in, 'cause otherwise I'd be like I was before the Coven taught me about consequences and responsibility and stuff. So, heh, you could say me actively practicing religion is, uh, vital to the continued existence of the world.
Does magic exist?
Huh? Um, no. No such thing as magic. No sirree. Just a fairy tale. Yup.
Is practicing magic wrong?
Now there's a question. Sometimes it is. For some people, it might be. Sometimes not. I used to think magic was just a tool, that it was your intentions that made it good or evil. I'm not so sure now. It's like, I suppose, there's different kinds of magic, different flavours, different sources. I mean, an electric toaster and an advanced AI robot and a nuclear missile are all pieces of technology, but they're vastly different in what they do and whether it's right to use them. And it's the same for magic; an invocation to Hecate and tapping the Belinarian Matrix for energy are both called magic, but morally? Not even on the same planet. And when... you're not the slightest bit interested in this, are you? Sorry. Next question.
Is killing always wrong?
Yes... uh, I mean no. Sometimes it's necessary. Sometimes it's a good thing.
Is war always wrong?
Imperialist wars of conquest are. People fighting to defend their homes and way of life? Nope.
How old is old enough to fight in a war?
I was 16. Buffy was even younger. Age isn't important, you've just got to do what you can to help.
Is rape always wrong?
Goddess, yes, of course. (Long pause) Violating someone else is always wrong.
Is torture always wrong?
It corrupts the person doing the torturing, so yes. Even when it's necessary, it's wrong.
Is theft always wrong?
Er, yes? (Looks shifty)
Is slavery wrong?
Absolutely. Except in the leather and whips and chains sense.
Is lying wrong?
If it hurts someone you love, yes.
Is swearing wrong?
Yep. That's why it's fun. Not that I do it very much; Ken's always winding me up about saying 'fricking' when she thinks I should just say, well, you know. I blame my parents.