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Girl next door

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The girl next door is a young female stock character who is described as "sweet, ordinary, and caring," and lives right next door. They are often used in romantic stories whose male protagonists are caught in a love triangle between two women and will usually choose the "girl next door" he grew up with rather than a more well-off or beautiful woman with less morals.[1] Other times, this character ignores the hero for another male character, despite being the object of his affections.[2][better source needed]

The masculine counterpart is boy next door, who is also described as "wholesome, sweet and shy".[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Ebert's bigger little movie glossary : a greatly expanded and much improved compendium of movie clichés, stereotypes, obligatory scenes, hackneyed formulas, shopworn conventions, and outdated archetypes. Ebert, Roger. Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews McMeel. 1999. ISBN 0740792466. OCLC 829154479.
  2. ^ Romancing the zombie : essays on the undead as significant "other". Szanter, Ashley,, Richards, Jessica K.,, Bishop, Kyle William, 1973-. Jefferson, North Carolina. p. 45. ISBN 147666742X. OCLC 987796701.

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