Manic pixie dream girl, to be exact.

They are the crazy girls that only exist in movies, as I now know.

Movies like Elizabethtown, Almost famous, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Garden state, Sweet November, Autumn in New York, etc.

Film critic Nathan Rabin,  coined the term after seeing Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown, describes the MPDG 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.” MPDGs are also called “Amazing Girls” by Sadie Stein of, describing the type as “ideal muses whose beauty, sweetness and gentle, studied eccentricity renders them entirely docile.”

MPDGs are usually static characters who have eccentric personality quirks and are unabashedly girlish. They invariably serve as the romantic interest for a (often brooding or depressed) leading male protagonist. A prime example is Natalie Portman‘s character in the movie Garden State.  Zooey Deschanel‘s characters have also been typified MPDG.


Well, now I know! I was sometimes secretly admiring those girls, fully knowing I am the exact opposite. I do think I have a friend with some of this qualities, but in a good way, not to mess with guys heads:)


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