Girl next door
The girl next door is a young female stock character who is described as "sweet, ordinary and caring". They are often used in romantic stories, where the hero is 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. Other times, this character ignores the nice guy hero for an "inexplicably cruel and domineering" male character, despite being the object of his affections.
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- Levine, Michal P.; Schneider, Steven Jay (2003). "Feeling for Buffy: The Girl Next Door". In South, James B. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale. Open Court. pp. 294–308. ISBN 978-0-8126-9531-1.
- From a review: "To Michal Levine and Steven Jay Schneider ... Buffy is just another unconscious Freudian reality tale starring the proverbial girl next door." - in: Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books, and More
- Frank Rich, Rich (February 20, 1994). "Journal: The Girl Next Door". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- The article criticizes Sports Illustrated for their misuse of term "girl next door": "Otherwise the magazine is still pushing what Ms. Brinkley repeatedly described as the "natural beauty" of "what readers long for -- the girl next door". Who is the girl next door? Her fake name keeps changing but she is still the same empty-headed, smiling, air-brushed mannequin who appeared in Playboy in the 1950s and early 60s..."