Leanna Renee Hieber has stopped by EverAfter to share her Top 5 Space Heroes as well as share a short excerpt from her Dark Nest Chronicles! Take it away Leanna!
1. Romana from Doctor Who, the Tom Baker years: Romana, in her second, blonde iteration, was my idol from about the age of 7, she was smart, clever, kind, and looked a bit like me so I identified with her from the start. One of the only female Timelords to travel with the Doctor, she was more his equal than other companions. A confident and capable independent character, she would often garner a line from the Doctor like “what’s Romana doing? It looks terribly interesting.” And that kind of constant problem solving and creative, unabashedly intelligent mind was a great role model for a young girl.
2. Ripley from Alien – Good God did that movie terrify me. But Goodness does Ripley kick ultimate ass. Sigourney Weaver’s performance is flawless, portraying a powerful, relatable and ingenious woman. The character and setting is so scary and so compelling and was not originally written for a woman. Casting Ripley as female and not changing the strength or capability of the character revolutionized how women could be written, cast and portrayed in genre films.