I am amazed, excited, blessed, thrilled- to have worked with #Girl Magazine in creating Cops & Robbers! It was such a wonderful experience working with someone so passionate about and submerged in not only their project, but their craft as a whole. It is even more exciting to me because Cops & Robbers is so meaningful to me and I hope that others can find it meaningful and empowering as well
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Cops & Robbers
A “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” is a movie trope that refers to “the 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.” In less formal terms, manic pixie dream girls are youthful, carefree, creative, rebellious, a bit troubled, deep, flawed in an endearing way, spiritually ahead of most, in understanding of life’s joys, and intent on living life to the fullest. Sounds like a beautiful person.
Unfortunately, the term manic pixie dream girl refers to a super amazing girl who has all these great traits, but her sole purpose is to fulfill everything that the male character lacks, to teach him all of life’s beauties. This was a very disappointing and troublesome aspect for me because no one focused on the girl, no one focused on the fact that she was free-willed, unique, and happy before she came into a man’s life. Her purpose should be more than just completing him.
This gave me the idea to redefine the manic pixie dream girl, giving her a new connotation, a more empowering one. A connotation where it is no longer looked at as the boy letting the girl complete him, but her having the power to complete him, and the choice of whether or not she wants to. In the series, she is not a counterpart, but a heartbreaker. A heartbreaker in the regard that she is not only independent, but she is also not villainized when she doesn’t fall for the boy in the end. I want to show that a woman can be all of these things for herself, not that she must be all of these things as a tool for a man.