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100 sci fi women #30: Willow Rosenberg

Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Willow was another chance for those of us who liked to read, understood the notion of research, and had a slightly eccentric dress sense to have the notion that we were useful and, in fact critical, reflected back to us.

But most importantly, what Willow represented was growth and change. Her journey on Buffy was probably the most significant, greater even than that of Buffy, who manage to squeeze in dying. Willow actually had the best relationships, she learnt her own value, but then lost it again in her addiction to magic. And OK, some of us may have loathed the over-determination of that particular story (let’s keep it at the level of metaphor next time Joss), but it didn’t mean that the story of Willow wasn’t still one that held us.  Her Shakespearean anger at the murder of her lover, Tara, demonstrated the full range of her power, but with that power came a terrible destructiveness.

But Willow also learned to overcome her dark side and make her power used for good. Her relationship with Tara alo showed the way that friends do deal with a friend coming out, and showed a highly positive example of a lesbian relationship which supported each other to grow. It was only its terrible end that was dark.

Willow, supportive friend, ace researcher, IT whizz, caring lover, powerful Wiccan – in whatever guise,we love you.

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4 responses to “100 sci fi women #30: Willow Rosenberg

  1. Vancian Notions ⋅

    Ah, willow.

    She also represents that constant american TV trope; the 30-something playing a 17 year old. Although she might fail that trope because she, you know, actually looks young.

  2. Tea Drinker ⋅

    I loved Willow, but I did find her story in Season 6 pretty painful.

    • godardsletterboxes ⋅

      I thought the magic thing was clever, but then massively over played. and there are a couple of episodes there which I still find hard to watch because of it.

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