20 08 11 - 23:22They spin you a tale, you see, like a TV commercial:
You hate her. You want to be her. Your ex-boyfriend is dating her. Sheâs the girl who goes bra-less and chain-smokes immaculately on the patio of every bar. She bikes to her job at a vintage clothing store/record shop/unattended cafe in a sky blue mini dress, exposing her ridiculous, perfect tattoos of Chinese characters and aquatic starfish. She wants to go to back to school, or become a installation artist, or move to Scotland, but maybe sheâll just professionally model or something. And as much as you wish for the charm and charisma she possesses, you will never be anyoneâs Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
Dating back to a 2007 Onion article written by head writer Nathan Rabin after the unfortunate viewing of Cameron Croweâs Elizabethtown, the MPDG is defined as a female cinematic archetype meant âto teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.â (In return, Feminist blog Jezebel called them âthe scourge of modern cinema.â)
Think of Kirsten Dunstâs gleeful Southern stewardess in Elizabethtown, making countrified mixtapes and snapping imaginary stills of Orlando Bloom as he walks away. Think of Natalie Portman cradling Zach Braff in an empty Jacuzzi in Garden State, catching his very first tear in a paper dixie cup. Or for a more recent example, think of Zooey Deschanelâs blissful cad in the recent (500) Days Of Summer (out on DVD next week) â a film that plays like porn for bangs-and-blue-eyes fetishists. Think of Audrey Hepburn strumming âMoon Riverâ mournfully on an acoustic guitar, Diane Keatonâs âlah di dahâ in Annie Hall, Katherine Hepburn singing to a snow leopard in Bringing Up Baby and Winona Ryderâs smeared eyeliner â not to mention every charming/crazy girl youâve met in an English lit tutorial, co-operative housing unit or dive-bar bathroom. - Eye Weekly
They spin off the meaningless as desirable.
What about all the normal, balanced, responsible girls at home studying for graduate programs?
They're alone... men deluded by media oversaturation rush toward these stupid hipster women instead, will strike out with them eventually, and both parties will end up alone and childless at 50.