I recently wrote a very brief post looking at the idea of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl in film.
Does anyone agree/disagree with this label to describe female characters in film - the type who are quirky and eccentric, and make the static male character realise that life can be fun!
Would love to hear thoughts
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Your article ended before it had begun. The main gripe is that it's sexist at root towards women since they are only unrealistic accessories to the male protagonist's life. However, as women are now more commonly starring as protagonists, we're seeing an increasing amount of a male version of this trope. Instead of quirky, fun-loving, wide-eyed, pretty hipster girls, it's a physically hyper-masculine but emotionally stereotypically-feminine, free-spirited, charming guy. This can already be seen in a handful of female-focused films and shows recently, e.g. Andy in Parks & Rec until they finally fleshed out his character in the later seasons and Gosling in La La Land. In other words, I don't think it's sexist or negative - it's just a fantasy character that either gender lusts after but one that doesn't exist in reality. You'll never see this trope in, say, realist or neo-realist films; it's exclusive to rom-coms and other lazy genres.