Diliman, dreamily pedaling in the open, pretending like I'm a manic pixie dream girl
, dreaming, hoping.
As silly as this mind game may seem, I propose that the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope (MPDGT) can be viewed as an apparatus of capture.
Rabin coined the term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" to describe Kirsten Dunst's character in the 2005 film Elizabethtown (2005) in the first installment in an A.V.
Obviously, Rabin is going for comedy, but by overtly contradicting his own definition of the MPDG "as a means to an end, not a flesh-and-blood human being" (3), such that "once life lessons have been imparted, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl might as well disappear in a poof!
Seven years after I typed that fateful phrase, I'd like to join [Zoe] Kazan and [John] Green in calling for the death of the "Patriarchal Lie" of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope.
There exists in the mind of Hollywood scriptwriters - and nowhere else - a creature known as the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
. This sparky, effervescent and beguiling kooky klutz is called on merely to lift a disgruntled male from the doldrums.
In many of her movies she seems blank (Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, anyone?), stilted (The Closer, in which she gave the grimmest, most awkward performance as an exotic dancer since Demi Moore in Striptease), or unreal (Garden State, in which she strenuously embodies the annoying male-fantasy archetype known as the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
There's Glenn (Dave Foley), the sad-sack store manager on the verge of a midlife crisis; Kyle (Rodney Scott), a profoundly bland twenty-something in love with the local Manic Pixie Dream Girl
; a meathead/mama's boy (Cory Christmas) with dreams of becoming an actor; a sweetly dim man-child (Billy Aaron Brown) who lives in his van and begins an affair with Glenn's long-neglected wife; and a Pakistani immigrant (Federico Dordei) on the verge of an arranged marriage.
Nanjiani and Kazan are also a likeable leading couple, the latter managing to shake off the manic pixie dream girl
trope she's usually stuck with in tiresome indie dirge such as Ruby Sparks and What If .
I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins , 2016.
To win him back, she becomes Trixie, a manic pixie dream girl, who happens to be a lot like the new girl but with slightly different quirks.
ELIZABETH Olsen joins Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine, Natalie Portman in Garden State and Zooey Deschanel in just about every movie she's ever been in, playing the manic pixie dream girl
who exists only in the minds of middle-aged scriptwriters.
Elizabeth Olsen joins the ranks of Natalie Portman in Garden State, Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine and Zooey Deschanel in just about every Movieshe's ever been in, playing the sort of manic pixie dream girl
which seems only to exist only in the imagination of middle-aged scriptwriters.
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