7/19/12

How To Be A Manic Pixie Dream Girl

(disclaimer being a manic pixie dream girl is not for the faint of heart, or for those with feelings)

So you wanna be a manic pixie dream girl huh?
Well ladies and gentlemen you are in for a serious treat,
while we are lead to believe that manic pixie dream girls are stock characters that exist only in fictional universes, but I'll have you know that they not only exist, but I'm one of these said mythical creatures. 
So, if by now I have lost you, let me explain
a "manic pixie dreamgirl" is a term coined by the film critic Nathan Rabin who created the phrase after seeing Kirstin Dunsts performance in the 2005 film Elizabethtown. He describes this said character as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures."

a few examples of these creatures are:
Natalie Portman as Sam in Garden State
Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous
Zoey Deschanel as Summer in (500) Days of Summer
Ruth Gordon as Maude in Harold and Maude
and most notably Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys
and ya'll know how much I love that film (click here)

so what does these characters most obviously have in common?
They are unbashfully feminine, slightly crazy, full of quirks and are occasionally seen as one dimensional.

 Your identity might be misconstrued as one dimensional is because the lonely brooding soulful type will probably fall in love with the idea of you not the person you are.  


Now I'm not claiming that being a manic pixie dream girl is the best thing in the world, but it is what I am. 
and in order to be so you need a few things:
1. Spectacular Hair
Whether its colored, i.e., Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Ramona Flowers i.e., Scott Pilgrim fame, colored hair, jaunty hats or spectacular bangs hair and or hair accessories are vital to the MPDG. Beautiful hair is quintessential to being a dream girl, we know that from any dream sequence from any film ever, I mean have you seen Hot For Teacher by Van Halen?
Whether its Holly Golightly's bouffant or Zoey Deschanel's bangs, hair means everything, its the first thing that captures your love interest's heart and its quintessential to your image. 
(a zany wardrobe is not mutually exclusive)
(top: Kate Spade, skirt: H&M, mouse ears: attached)


2. A Magnificent Taste in Music
Do you notice how many times music is what brings the sad sack and the MPDG together?
I made a brief mix tape of all my favorite songs that are essential to being a MPDG, and will bring you closer to said boy. Because if it weren't for music how else would Summer and JGL gotten together, and without her would he have learned anything about life and the decisions we make?


3. Commitment Issues
While the aforementioned commitment issues are perpetually alluded too, you can never address them directly. Remember these boys have to fall in love with the idea of you, they can never know what has turned you into this MPDG. Few people actually know why I am the way I am with boys, and that is exactly why. These said commitment issues allow you to get as close to these boys without declaring them as your so you can easily change your mind at the drop of a hat. Again, this job isn't for the faint of heart or for those with feelings, you will hurt people.


4. A Zest for Life and Hatred for all Things Boring
This is vital to the MPDG, you need to be quirky and zesty and think outside the box. You will bring him into Ikea and pretend that it is your house, having an extensive tea collection or being a band-aid, you need to love life and live it to the fullest. This is another key factor to entrapping this sad sack, he is afraid to live and fantasizes about a life like yours. You show him how wonderful life can be to later break his sad heart leaving him with a greater understanding of the opposite sex.  

5.You Have to Break their Heart. 
simple enough, yet slightly tragic.
but if you are a true MPDG you have to do it with little or no emotion.
The sad sack NEVER ends up with the manic pixie dream girl.


I hope this advice helped aspiring MPDG's become the true heartbreaker that they want to be.
But I leave you with one last gem of advice: The real world is not a fictional universe, so act with caution. 

Have a wonderful day, 
and please keep it sassy,
xoxoxoxox

1 comment:

  1. OMG this post is too funny!
    I don't know why, but in the very moment I read Manic Pixie Dream Girl (and I've never heard this definition before) I thought to KD in Elizabethtown...

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