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When critic Nathan Rabin coined the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in 2007, there was something perfect about it. Rabin used it for the first time in his review on The AV Club of the Cameron Crowe flop Elizabethtown, as a way to describe how the character Claire, played by Kirsten Dunst, seemed to be more sprite than person, a hyper-adorable lady whose sole design is to coax the male protagonist out of his...
Ladies and gentlemen, we know have a term—with its own acronym and everything!—for the polar opposite of the sparkly, frantic princess known as the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Let’s all give a warm welcome to the “Manic Bossy Nightmare Girl.” It’s about time. But first, let’s give credit where credit is due: This morning, Heather Havrilesky (otherwise known as “Polly” on The Awl’s excellent advice column) coined the phrase in a piece for Salon called...

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