It's a simple scene, you're home alone on a rainy day in the middle of the week. Your work for the day is done, you've turned in all of your assignments and have already made the careful transition into your comfort clothes a la Mr. Rogers. You put the kettle on, and while the water heats up you ponder over which brand of black tea you'd like this evening. Once your tea is ready and you've lit some candles, you head over to the couch to sit down and slide into the blankets. The raindrops hit your windows one by one, softly like the tiny beats of a drum. You settle into this calm environment, one that you've created all your own. Just out of the corner of your eye, you swear that you can just faintly make out the sprinklings of golden dust flittering about the room...
There's no doubt that the aesthetic of the 1960s and 1970s has become increasingly popular over the last three years, with Instagram absolutely flooded with people from all over mimicking the mods and the rockers in fabulous ways, not to mention the sudden flood of films devoted to 60s and 70s rock bands such as Yesterday, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Rocketman. Yes, vintage is most certainly "in" right now, but between the high prices on Etsy and long uniform clad work days that prevent us from being able to show our true colors, how is anyone meant to keep up?
Hold my hand over a flameAnd tell me when to pull awayI'm nothing without your guiding voiceYou make me feel like loving you isn't a choice
So, by this day in age on the internet, I would like to assume that everyone and their mother has heard of the term "manic pixie dream girl." However, if by some chance you've been living under a rock for the last few years, I'll give you the low down. The term was coined by film critic Nathan Rabin after watching Elizabethtown starring Kirsten Dunst. Rabin describes this character trope 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." So basically, a manic pixie dream girl is this wildly interesting girl who just so happens to have no real backstory or purpose, other than to show the male protagonist that life is awesome! It's really worth living! But the girl herself... is rather empty.
As I sit here damp with tears