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Why John Green wants to destroy the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

17 August 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

If you've watched a romantic comedy over the last decade or so you'll no doubt have encountered the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

The term, coined by film critic Nathan Rabin regarding Kirsten Dunst's character in Elizabethtown, refers to a stock female character who exists only to serve a male protagonist. Think Natalie Portman in Garden State and Kate Hudson in Almost Famous.

Author John Green is keen to dismantle the character: The Fault in Our Stars's Augustus Waters is a flip on the notion (meet the Manic Pixie Dream Boy), while Cara Delevingne's Margo Roth Spiegelman makes a bid to break the mould in Paper Towns.

Whether the movie adaptation of Paper Towns is successful in its ambitions is up for interpretation, but Green is eager to push against the Mpdg in his work.

Speaking to Digital Spy, he described the Mpdg as "a very lazy trope »

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