Tropes vs. Women is a six-part video series by Feminist Frequency that explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows.
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a cute, bubbly, young (usually white) woman who has recently entered the life of our brooding hero to teach him how to loosen up and enjoy life. While that might sound all well and good for the man, this trope leaves women as simply there to support the star on his journey of self discovery with no real life of her own.
Related Links and Articles:
- TV Tropes has been an indispensable resource for all the Tropes vs. Women videos. Check out their wiki article with a long list of Manic Pixies
- Nathan Rabin coins the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl - My Year of Flops, Case File 1: Elizabethtown: the Bataan Death March of Whimsy
- AV Club: Wild Things: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls
- NPR: Manic Pixie Dream Girls: A Cinematic Scourge?
**Full video transcript is available at FeministFrequency.com
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Update: Just a note, in the video clip of (500) Days of Summer there is an abilist joke that is offensively played for laughs. I apologize for not pointing that out in the video itself.