Manic Pixie Dream Girl


What do you get when you combine the confusing hallucinations of a sensitive writer-director with the personality of a cutesy quirky woman with a sunny disposition to life? The answer is – a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

The term was invented to describe female characters portrayed in films and television who are sensitive and supportive to the needs and feelings of their male counterparts and serve to liberate emotional and melancholy young men encouraging them to embrace life and it’s never ending journey and endless possibilities.

This shallow depiction has been catching on ever since then and most popularly recently on mainstream television as the character Jess on Fox’s hit sitcom New Girl played by equally quirky and cutesy Zooey Deschanel.

As cute and as likeable love-to-hate Ms. Deschanel and her character may be, spreading love, youthfulness and optimism – this manufactured idealistic creation is nothing more than a kind of disturbing reasoning usage of phrases to describe male writers’ unexciting and phony portrayal of women to sell a product.


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