And at this point in my life, I honestly hate the term too. I feel deeply weird, if not downright ashamed, at having created a cliche that has been trotted out again and again in an infinite internet feedback loop. I understand how someone could read The A.V. Club list of Manic Pixie Dream Girls and be offended by the assertion that a character they deeply love and have an enduring affection for, whether it’s Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall or Katherine Hepburn in “Bringing Up Baby,” is nothing more than a representation of a sexist trope or some sad dude’s regressive fantasy.
So I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to pop culture: I’m sorry for creating this unstoppable monster. Seven years after I typed that fateful phrase, I’d like to join Kazan and Green in calling for the death of the “Patriarchal Lie” of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. I would welcome its erasure from public discourse. I’d applaud an end to articles about its countless different permutations. Let’s all try to write better, more nuanced and multi-dimensional female characters: women with rich inner lives and complicated emotions and total autonomy, who might strum ukuleles or dance in the rain even when there are no men around to marvel at their free-spiritedness. But in the meantime, Manic Pixies, it’s time to put you to rest.
Nathan Rabin: “I’m sorry for coining the phrase ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’" | Salon
I see tons of movies and, being an obsessive, have a Word doc of every movie I’ve seen in the theatre since 1990 and who I saw it with. The last one was the Keira Knightly / Mark Ruffalo thing called Begin Again. Before that, Obvious Child, which I loved, and, before that, 22 Jump Street at the drive-in theatre. Due to having my nerdtastic list, I can also tell you the first movie I saw in, say, 1994. (It was Demolition Man.) (According to my document, I saw it with “Ali, Jeff, Dan, Derek, and Mike H.” I have no idea who Mike H. is.)
Stephen Falk, ‘OITNB’ writer, creator of ‘You’re the Worst’ | Uproxx
The pop-culture bombshell of 2012 was the news that Disney would be releasing a new Star Wars film every couple of years, starting in 2015. That’s a lotta Star Wars! They’re going to need some kind of Star Wars movie-creating machine at that rate. Luckily, we’ve got just such a machine right here. With the Star Wars Sequel Debacle Simulatron, you can mix and match writers, directors, and actors and see how your fantasy Star Wars flick fares with critics and fans. Produce the Tina Fey/David Lynch Star Wars collaboration of your dreams!
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