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ravu
11:04

Obviously you aren’t a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, unless life is just one big soap opera (in which case I fear the writers have kinda forgotten me since I haven’t had any major character development over the last few years). The MPDG, like any other character trope, is a character built around a preset narrative purpose. You, like any other being, are a “character” built around your personality, as shaped by factors of nature and nurture.

I’m under the impression that the sentiment “I don’t want to be someone’s muse” arises primarily due to the common reduction of female characters to MPDGs: the problem isn’t the woman being a MPDG, the problem is the woman being a MPDG and nothing else. That’s a valid point, seeing that, for example, Alma Mahler’s music is completely overshadowed by her role as muse to a cornucopia of artists. However, good works of literature are able to combine multiple tropes into believable characters, and a quality character may be a MPDG to another one but otherwise a fully-fledged, say, Action Girl with her own fair share of problems (e.g. the bubbliness is just a façade, a fraught way to deal with a less-than-stellar past), and the two eventually cooperate successfully to save the world (or whatever resolution the narrative prescribes). Also, I can’t wait to see a Manic Pixie Dream Boy.

For what it’s worth, you did have a MPDG effect on me—because you have an individual, interesting personality; not because a higher power made you do it. (In other words: it was a side-effect of who you are, not vice versa.)

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