15 comments on “Women in Fiction | Ellen Ripley

  1. Excellent choice, and a great new feature. Ripley has to be one of my favourites – she made a kickass female lead! I’ll look forward to the other gloriously strong women you showcase 🙂

  2. Ellen Ripley is definitely one of my favourites! She is so kickass, I would hope I could be like her if I came face to face with aliens 🙂

  3. ‘Ripley evolves from a weary survivor to a hardened, passionate warrior’. That sentence was so spot on Callum. Can’t stress how much I love Ripley.

  4. Thank you for liking “Escape” and “Transition.” I like your perspective on Ripley in Aliens. I thought of her as a survivor too, but I did not notice her maternal role as a protector of the orphaned girl until you pointed it out. I agree that she is a great example of a strong and feminine character, and I like that the filmmakers took the time to develop her character so that we could see these traits in her. Lately it seems like the strength of a character in a film (male or female) is mainly determined by fighting ability and body count.

  5. I know this is an old post, but I couldn’t resist gushing. This summarized exactly why Ripley is one of my favorite female characters of all time. I think the fact the script was written to be gender neutral helped considerably, but I just like that she wasn’t the emotionless stereotype that the characters inspired by her are now. I liked she went back to get the cat (I don’t see that as feminizing her; I see it as something anyone, man and woman, would need to do for psychological survival. I mean, the entire crew just died!) and I love her relationship with Newt, and that her emotions aren’t portrayed as weakening her. I’ve looked at your other posts in this series and really like them.

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