Films glamorizing illness are downright dangerous because they put out a false projection of what people like me deal with on a daily basis.By Jazmine Joyner The "sick girl" genre of film is a name I gave to movies that feature stories around sick women and girls (predominantly white sick women and girls) and about how they flew into a male character's life and within a short amount of time they teach him how to live, as they die. Movies like "A Fault in Our Stars" (this is the reverse, it's a manic pixie dream boy, refreshing!) , "A Walk to Remember", " I Miss You Already", "Now is Good", "Me, Earl, and The Dying Girl", and "Me Before You" are prime examples of films that use illness as an inspirational tool to serve white able-bodied people. I am borrowing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope, which is a term coined by film critic Nathan Rabin that is defined as "That 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." This definition fits these characters to a tee. In "A Walk To Remember" Mandy Moore's sick and soulful character Jamie Sullivan teaches Shane West's bad boy going down the wrong tracks, Landon Carter, about love and being an upstanding human, even finding the time in-between chemotherapies to reunite Landon and his father. Jamie's illness even inspires Landon to go into medicine. All while our girl Jamie is this stagnant character that solely lives to be loved by Landon. She needs nothing else, craves nothing, and then dies. She is a perfect manic pixie sick girl. Films like "A Walk To Remember" are harmful because of how they represent sickness and those who are living with illnesses every day. Every film mentioned above is used not to show a real person dealing with chronic disease and having a good life despite their diagnosis. But make the sick person a prop to their abled counterpart. They are a life lesson or some inspirational figure there to only further the abled characters development. In these films you see glamorous frail white girls laying in bed pining for love. Because you know love can heal, naturally. These depictions not only are boring but are completely unoriginal.
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