Coming to Terms with Being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Not pictured: half a dozen more accessories or the box of cookies I got on my way to the museum.

I grew up on Power Rangers (and Animorphs — they’re interchangeable for this metaphor). It turns out that prepared me well for dealing with literature writ large. This is a vast oversimplification, but most stories, in order to be appealing but not too challenging, have a handful of simplified characters who, when combined…