No More MPDG!

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Continuing yesterday’s conversation on gender in writing, Ester Bloom explores the rare success of men writing women outside of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” (MPDG) box. Ester is looking for raw, vital, and tragic female characters, traits that she feels are lacking in many women created by men.


Kelly Opdycke is a Rumpus intern and an optimist with realist tendencies. She spent her summer at 826LA, where she helped English-Language Learners master homophones in the Amazon, take notes while exploring the Endeavour space shuttle, and write resumes that explain their exceptional hide-and-seek skills. Before this, she received her master’s degree from CSULA. She will be applying to doctoral programs this fall. More from this author →