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It's a long-standing trope, but the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Nathan Rabin, who found it grating, as he believed it to be the result of Wish Fulfillment from stir-crazy writers.He explicitly compared it to the Magical Negro, in that a Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to help the protagonist achieve happiness without ever seeking any independent goals herself.She's stunningly attractive, Energetic, high on life, full of wacky quirks and idiosyncrasies (generally including childlike playfulness), often with a touch of wild hair dye.She's inexplicably obsessed with our stuffed-shirt hero, on whom she will focus her antics until he learns to live freely and love madly."Manic Pixie Dream Boys", where they exist, tend to either be young (e.g., a Kid Sidekick) or immature.Five years ago, Sara Smith, now 32, met the man she would marry while standing in line for tomato soup at a Chicago Au Bon Pain during a busy lunch hour.
Jacob* was an attorney at a prestigious firm and had also clerked for a future Supreme Court Justice.The Manic Pixie Dream Girl may be featured as the Second Love, in order to break the character out of The Mourning After.If he's a cynic, her goal may be to convince him that Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers! Finally, she may be presented as a cheerful variety of Threshold Guardians, all the way from less uptight to psychopomps happily welcoming their clients into "another adventure".At first, they saw a silver lining—they could go on a longer honeymoon, and Jacob could use his severance to buy time to find the right job.But after a few months, Smith started to wonder what the plan was.