Greetings and salutations, readers. This is a microblog to enlighten you on the subject of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” trope or cliché.
We recently got to talking about this phenomenon on the set of InnerSPACE in lead up to our interview with Zach Braff. Of course, his 2004 film Garden State features the most perfect example of this: Natalie Portman’s character, Sam.
Here’s an awesome video from Anita Sarkeesian exploring the trope.
And here’s a great video from the sketch troupe “NaturalDisastronauts.”
I bet we haven’t seen the last of this, but hopefully we’ll see a crop of Manic Pixie Dream Boys showing up to even things out.