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Archive for February 2010

Term of the day: "Manic Pixie Dream Girl"


Dunst [in Elizabethtown] embodies a character type I like to call The Manic Pixie Dream Girl (see Natalie Portman in Garden State for another prime example). The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.

More concisely, "the free-spirited stock character whose main function is as a psychological tonic or crutch for the nice guy male lead". (Examples.)

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.