The manic pixie dream girl trope simply puts down girls who don’t fit the blueprint. Manic pixie dream girls — or rather, the men who write them — feed off of female insecurity and force them to try to become a person that simply doesn’t exist.

This manic pixie dream girl couldn’t be further from reality. No amount of black-and-white photographs or poetry can immediately solve depression. Women don’t need a thoughtful artist to kiss their scars and tell them they’re beautiful — we need concrete solutions that don’t mock our complexities. The idealization of the manic pixie dream girl creates unrealistic expectations for women and should no longer play a part in defining what is desirable. The manic pixie dream girl is a fictional device, and shouldn’t be treated as anything more.