As a tall busty blonde girl with glasses I was quickly slotted into a very specific female archetype, nothing like the Manic Pixie Dream Girls. Honestly, I always assumed that these cutesy women with vintage records addictions, bipolar tendencies and erratically adventurous stories were a thing that society created when they were too lazy to imagine and create a woman with actual personality. And to a certain point, that is totally true.
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a pop-culture cliché coined by critic Nathan Rabin in his review of the 2005 film, Elizabethtown. His description of the bubbly and cheerful flight attendant played by Kirsten Dunst stuck, and has been used to define women cinematically (Natalie Portman, Audrey Hepburn, ) and more recently (and tragically) to define (gasp.WTF!) real life women like Zooey Deschanel. No, not the characters played by ZD, which undeniably fall square in the MPDG camp, but her real life personality.… Read the rest