from "'Clueless' Was Amy Heckerling's Masterpiece: Is She Done With It? As If" by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

"The positivity and shine of a Cher was such anathema to her [Heckerling]. She’d been miserable in school. She’s a pessimist, she said, 'the opposite' of Cher. She wanted some relief; she wanted to spend time occupying the head space of an optimist who thought everything might work out, who wasn’t plagued with self-doubt, who seemed confident and self-assured. She thought maybe if she spent time with that kind of character, it would take — like an organ transplant or something."  --Taffy Brodesser-Akner