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The girl next door is a young female stock character who is often used in romantic stories. She is so named because she often lives next door to the protagonist or is a childhood friend. They start out with a mutual friendship that later often develops into romantic attraction.

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A similar expression is "boy next door".

Characteristics

A "girl next door" character is often seen as natural and unpretentious. A trope that evokes nostalgia, it is associated with small towns and more local or even rural ways of life. [1] The girl next door is often portrayed as an innocent virgin who lacks the promiscuity or sexual sophistication that is associated with the big city. [1]

Doris Day of 1950s is described as a pioneering embodiment of the "girl next door" image in film, [1] the "Hollywood's girl next door". [2]

A common cliche is when a male protagonist is caught in a love triangle between two women, he will usually choose the "sweet, ordinary, and caring girl next door" he grew up with rather than a more well-off or beautiful woman with fewer morals. [3] Other times, this character ignores the hero for another male character, despite being the object of his affections. [4] [ better source needed ]

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References

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  2. "Actress And Singer Doris Day, Hollywood's Girl Next Door, Dies At 97"
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