The Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope Is Supposed to Be Dead — So Why Is It Alive and Well in ‘Paper Towns’?

The formulation and discussion of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl was a net good; awareness was raised of this simplistic approach to the writing of women in films, and the odious trope went, to a great extent, the way of the dinosaur. But it’s still popping up in YA fiction and film adaptations of said books, which brings us to Paper Towns, which may well be the MPDG’s …Read More

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