While we´re all waiting (forever) for David Cronenberg to remake Alien from the point of view of the facehugger, here´s “the next best thing.”
Film critic Anne Billson has written, and published as a free e-book, My Day by Jones: A Cat’s-Eye View of Alien. It does precisely what she promises.
Here´s the opening passage:
Y-a-w-n. Was just having a pleasant dream about eviscerating a small family of fieldmice when the can-opener tipped me off her chest by sitting up. Impossible to go back to sleep with the can-openers all aflutter like this. S-t-r-e-t-c-h. They seem to think we’re home. I could tell them we’re not, but I’ll leave them to work that out for themselves. No sense of direction, these people. But hey, since I’m awake, might as well take advantage of the situation to tuck into some moggynosh. I eat at the big table, like everyone else. I have my own bowl with JONES painted on the side so the can-openers won’t steal my food.
So, there´s two main things going on here. There´s the creation of an alternative point of view, ostensibly feline but actually rather anthropomorphised. Then there´s a series of “recognition beats” in which you put together where in the Alien narrative you are from the clues on offer.
Ultimately, it´s not a million miles away from Dreamworks´ Puss in Boots movie, just dressed in a completely different genre. I had a lot of fun with both but Jones is certainly leaner.
You can pick up the whole thing from Smashwords – all six pages of it. There are versions you can read in your browser as well as any e-reader I’ve ever heard of. You´ll also get a preview piece of Bilson’s Suckers, a vampire novel.
Somebody get to work on The Birds, please. There really are some interesting paths that one could go down.
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