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Why Master of None‘s Francesca Is Less “Italian Amelie” and More “Italian George Bailey”

If a show could represent my soul, it would be S2 of Master of None. While I'll be writing a longer piece on Monday about the season, I wanted to write today about a Hot Take that I've been seeing in several places that I take issue with. Francesca (Alessandra Mastronardi) being a "manic pixie dream girl." Ugh.

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Girlboss‘ Sophia Is Not a ‘Manic Pixie’ Anything, Because You Can’t Be One of Those TO YOURSELF

Look, I get it. People come up with snappy phrases to define overused tropes that signal inadequate representation of marginalized groups in media. They are often helpful to make people aware of the negative ways in which, say, women are portrayed in media. In the case of Netflix's Girlboss, however, the phrase has been rendered meaningless as several reviewers employ the term simply to describe qualities in a female character they don't like.

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Tropes Team up in Underwritten Female Character: The Movie

What if every unfortunate female character trope (the manic pixie dream girl, the sassy black friend, the eye candy) teamed up like a band of superheroes?

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What We Can Actually Learn by Re-Imagining the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” Trope

The male protagonist’s growth comes not from without but within, and they are ultimately only able to achieve that growth by seeing their love interests as complex human beings rather than simply as trophies to pursue and win. They have to learn the difference between respect and blind admiration.

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Natalie Portman Gets Real About Broad City and Those Manic Pixie Dream Girls

While speaking at an event at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, Natalie Portman revealed that she's been rethinking her stance on Garden State after watching an episode of Broad City where the film is lightly bashed.

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Things We Saw Today: Gina Torres is Our Big Damn Hero in Wonder Woman Fan Art

Things We Saw Today

This illustration of Gina Torres as Wonder Woman by artist oneoffkritik has ruined all other Wonder Woman casting choices.  Now can Joss Whedon direct it? (via Prove Your Body Wrong Tumblr)

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Turn Your Life Around With Help From the Manic Pixie Prostitute [VIDEO]

I See What They Did There

I've made my no secret the way I feel about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. In short, I really, really, really don't like it. I mean, there are worse things that writers do in how they write female characters, but the MPDG just gets to me on a fundamental level, for reasons I suspect relate to psychology and my adolescence and therefore will not be addressed here. Breathe, Rebecca. Breathe. OK, getting back on track. This short parody, directed by Adam Sacks and written by Leila Cohan-Miccio, involves a guy who hires a prostitute to "turn my life upside-down with your whimsical joie de vivre." He even brought along props to help her get into character! One of them is a ukelele, because every self-respecting Manic Pixie Dream Girl needs a quirky hobby (or five). (via: Vulture) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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