One of the songs currently tearing up the charts (here in the US, anyway) is Katy Perry's 'E.T.', a song about falling for, well, an extra terrestrial. Personally, I love this song (with the exception of Kanye West's interludes). Not only is it catchy, but I love aliens. (Well, they sort of creep me out at times, but I like to think about them maybe being real anyway and I love movies about them. I can't resist a good creature of questionable reality.)
I've always wanted to write a story involving aliens. Being the romance writer that I am, it would probably be, well, a romance. But would either my hero or heroine be an alien, like in the E.T. music video? That depends on how hot aliens are or aren't, and nobody really knows the answer to that question. I sincerely hope that they aren't faun-like creatures with antelope hindquarters and legs like in Katy Perry's video (who thought that was a sexy idea? Ugh.) But I also don't know how I'd justify a character's attraction to an alien as they're often portrayed in movies -- Gumbi-like beings with flat, triangular heads and bug eyes.
Personally, I like to imagine aliens as more human-like, despite the fact that it doesn't seem very likely. I mean, what are the chances that an entirely seperate race on a faraway planet would evolve to look much like us? The unlikelyhood is a shame, really, because if aliens look anything like their TV portrayals, they definately got the short end of the stick. But, using my imagination, I think I could write a pretty hot alien. Or, there's always the possibility of writing the genetically-engineered-by-nefarious-aliens super-human hero. Engineered to be stronger, healthier and hotter than any human before him, and raised among aliens, he always felt like an outsider. Then, when his space ship crashes on earth he meets the human girl of his dreams. That's not cheating, is it? lol
What about you? Do you prefer to think of aliens as human-like and possibly sexy, or as big-headed stick figures? Or maybe even scary monsters?