Feminist Friday: The Problem With The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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Victim to Charm

Roll the opening credits. Enter Average Troubled Male.

Average Troubled Male has a mediocre, meaningless life. He feels trapped in his job and either hates his friends or has none. He can’t see the fun in anything, and he’s on the road to depression.

What does he need?

A) To get out of his cubicle and give back to his community.

B) To move to a foreign country.

C) A prescription for antidepressants.

D) A woman.

If you answered D, you’ve bought into the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

According to tvtropes.org, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is “stunningly attractive, high on life, full of wacky quirks and idiosyncrasics (generally including childlike playfulness and a tendency towards petty crime)…she will focus her kuh-razy antics [on Average Troubled Male] until he learns to live freely and love madly.”

elizabethtown09Nathan Rabin created the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in response…

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