(TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY?!?!? Madness, I know.)
What's a MacGuffin, you ask? Precisely.
A MacGuffin is an Elder Wand, a Horcrux, a sword of Shannara, a briefcase, a notebook, a sled, a baseball, a diamond, a ring, a bike, a few million dollars, a Maltese Falcon, uranium, arguably Pamela Anderson, or the blueprints for an outer space battle station.
What's a Mary Sue? Actually, I won't provide any examples for that one -- too easy to offend people. (I've already hit my quotient for that today. Badumpching!) In short, a Mary Sue is a character that is simultaneously bland and perfect, a substitute for a someone with real quirks and foibles. If you're worried you may have created a Mary Sue, please go here and assess the situation.
What is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl? Why, she's a delightful creature who exists solely to make grim, dull creatures delightful themselves!
Maybe she gets you out of a rut after you've designed a hideous shoe.
Maybe she makes coming off anti-depressants that much less depressing.
She's probably dying of cancer, but at least she wears some very flowy skirts.
All-in-all, a delightful girl. Have we mentioned yet how very delightful she is?
So here's my question.
Without turning this into a Twilight-bashing session ... could Bella Swan be considered a Mary Sue-MacGuffin-Manic Pixie Dream Girl?
(Bonus points for people who identify additional MacGuffins, Mary Sues, Manic Pixie Dream Girls, or tell me which books/films I've described above.
PS, you get nothing for knowing that the Maltese Falcon is from The Maltese Falcon.)