Originally Posted by Neo_Version 7
That's what I hear. Apparently, the film (TMR) went a tad overboard with the homosexual undertones whereas in the books he was a lot more...fluid?
Well in the original novel his desire for his friend is partially sexual, but it's also a desire to be him,
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which he eventually does by killing him and assuming his identity.
Ripley is married in the later books but sex is not the priority for him, rather living a certain lifestyle is what he craves.