Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Zooey Deschanel in "(500) Days of Summer," Kirsten Dunst in "Elizabethtown," Natalie Portman in "Garden State"

Zooey Deschanel in "(500) Days of Summer," Kirsten Dunst in "Elizabethtown," Natalie Portman in "Garden State"

 
 

I coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in an essay about the movie “Elizabethtown” in 2007

... I defined the MPDG as a fantasy figure who “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.” 

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” - Salon,  July 15, 2014

The Bataan Death March of Whimsy Case File #1: Elizabethtown - A.V. Club, Jan 25, 2007

Wild things: 16 films featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls - A.V. Club, Aug 4, 2008

How I got ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ into the Oxford Dictionary - The Globe and Mail - Aug 28, 2015

The Melancholy Glory of Kirsten Dunst - Dec 14, 2015