More Manic Than Dream Girl

Aug 10 2012 @ 3:42pm

by Zoë Pollock

Sady Doyle hopes for an end to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG). She examines Ruby Sparks - a new film where an eccentric writer creates the girl of his dreams using his typewriter. He's then able to write her however he pleases:

If you think this relationship is going anywhere but to a scene of Ruby forced to shout “you’re a genius” over and over, tears streaming from her eyes, then you’re one of the world’s true optimists. For Ruby is a deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl—the adorably quirky, indie-soundtrack-appropriate female character who exists solely to light up some white male sad-sack’s life.

For a historical overview of the MPDG, check out this MHB.