Monday, February 7, 2011
Character Stereotypes: The Ditz
The ditz is often portrayed in films as a blond, buxom, bubblegum-chewing valley girl. Common examples would be Reese Witherspoon’s role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Alicia Silvertsone as Cher Horowitz in Clueless. An example of a male flake would be Rhys Ifans’s character Spike in Notting Hill (interestingly, also blond).
But surely there is more between the ditz’s ears than air. What’s really going on with them?
Let me boil a ditz down to three traits. Hopefully you’ll see that they are, totally, more than just, like, airheads.
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