Alien: writing original characters and the Ripley Gender Switcheroo

  I read this short piece today about a character who is arguably one of the most enduring icons of female empowerment in movies – Ellen Ripley. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley was indeed a character that was “edgy” in 1979. This “brash, unwomanly woman” is a key reason why Alien is such a classic movie. That and Jonesy the cat of course (pictured with Ripley above). (more…)