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->''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQC0QVXa33o What is there to be frightened of, about buttons?]]''\\
-- '''Creator/NeilGaiman'''

A 2002 novella written by Creator/NeilGaiman. Coraline Jones is a girl with loving but distracted and inattentive parents. Having recently moved into a new home, she finds life boring. Then, one afternoon, she opens a mysterious door in her house. And behind that door lies a different world where Coraline finds doting parents who give her wonderful toys and home-cooked meals. But something oddly sinister lurks just beneath the surface...

A graphic novel adaptation was released in 2008. It follows the book almost exactly.

TheFilmOfTheBook was released in February 6 2009, under the [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} same name]].

The book is very, very, VERY much WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids.
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!!This book includes examples of:
* AdultFear: Gaiman cites this as the reason the story is, ironically, scarier for grown-ups than for children. The {{Adult Fear}}s go over children's heads, so they read it as an adventure story with some creepy monsters, delivering familiar {{Aesop}}s such as "Be brave" and "BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor." Adults, on the other hand, get the message, "If you neglect your children, they might be [[spoiler: kidnapped, mutilated, and murdered by somebody who pretends to be you]]."
** Not to mention some of the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything creepy vibes]] the Other Mother gives off toward Coraline.
* AllPowerfulBystander: The Other Mother.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: The Other Mother just wants something to love other than herself... and feed, dress, and [[spoiler: suck the LifeForce out of.]]
* AllUpToYou
* AndYouWereThere: Everyone in the Other World. Except the Cat, that is.
* AnimalMotifs: The novel describes the Other Mother using various bits of spidery imagery; she's made into a full-blown spider lady in the film.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: The Other Father.]]
* BadBadActing: The illusion the Other Mother shows Coraline, of her parents coming home from a holiday to try and make her think her parents don't love her. Coraline actually doubts whether it was true or not...for about ten seconds.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: It's the tagline for TheMovie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: They just might try to [[spoiler: [[EyeScream sew buttons onto your eyes]].]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: Black ''button'' eyes of evil.]]
* BodyHorror: Geez, where do you start?
* CatchPhrase: Almost everyone Coraline meets on her first visit to the other world says "for ever and always."
* CatsAreMean: Downplayed, merely a...
* CatsAreSnarkers: The Cat has a very smart aleck-y attitude.
* CharacterTitle: Coraline, starring Coraline.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler: "Protective Coloration", anyone?]]
** The well
* CoolGate: The wooden door leading to the Other World.
* CreativeSterility: The Other Mother suffers from this -- it's actually a major plot point.
* CreepyBasement: CREEPY? Try absolutely ''terrifying''.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot: Coraline just ''had'' to go through the door...
* DarkWorld: The Other World is a perfect example of this. Interestingly enough, it first tries to look like an improvement over the real world.
* DefangedHorrors: Believe it or not. It's scary, but it's scary in a way that kids can usually handle.
* DownTheRabbitHole: Perfectly sums it up.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The passageway between the worlds turns out to be one of these towards the end.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: The Other Mother swears on her right hand she'll let Coraline go if she wins their game. Technically speaking, by having her right hand follow Coraline after the Other Mother breaks her word, she's keeping up her end of the bargain.]]
* EyeScream: The Other Mother wishes to sew buttons into Coraline's eyes. She's done it to other children before Coraline, as well.
* FaceRevealingTurn
* FairyTale
* TheFairFolk: The Other Mother is heavily implied to be this. Her other name, the beldam, is a synonym for witch, but might be a play on words related to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Belle_Dame_sans_Merci poem]] about a fairy that lures knights to her hill and sucks the life out of them. "Belle Dame" is homophonous, it being French for "Beautiful Lady" and "Step-mother" for that matter. And if we know anything about [[WickedStepmother fairy tales]]....
** One of the ghost children is also a fairy.
** That stone-with-a-hole-in-it? That's a self-bored stone, which according to CelticMythology tradition would allow you to see through faerie illusions.
* FateWorseThanDeath: What happened to the ghost children, and what would happen to Coraline.
* FemmeFatalons: The Other Mother.
* FisherKingdom: Arguably, the Other World counts. After spending a night there, Coraline notes feeling cloudy and groggy, and only after [[spoiler:touching the adder stone - which is stated to be protection against the Other Mother - in her pocket]] does she truly feel like herself again.
* GlamourFailure: The Other Mother doesn't show up in mirrors. When Coraline asks her why, she simply replies that mirrors can't be trusted.
* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler: The transformed Other Miss Spink and Miss Forcible]] and by the end, [[spoiler: what's left of the Other Father.]]
* HelpingHands: The Other Mother loses her hand, which goes looking for the key to the door.
* IronicNurseryTune: The creepy chant sung by the rats. Sadly absent from the film.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Miss Spink and Miss Forcible.
* ImpossibleTask: Coraline has to find all 3 ghost souls to win the "game" the Other Mother agreed to play with her. Oh, and her missing parents, who are also lost in the Other World.
* InfantImmortality: Averted [[spoiler: when the fate of the three ghost children is shown. Played straight with Coraline herself.]]
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: The self-bored stone, courtesy of the Misses. They're good for bad things...or was it lost things? Anyway, it [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest might help...]]
* KidHero: Coraline.
* KnifeThrowingAct: The Other Miss Spink and Forcible perform this with Coraline.
* LeanAndMean: The Other Mother. This is always the case in the book, but in the film she starts off being identical to the real Mrs. Jones and switches to this trope when Coraline starts screwing things up for her.
* MagicalLand: The Other World.
* MindControlEyes: Everyone in the Other World (under the Other Mother's control) has buttons for eyes.
* NewHouseNewProblems: The book starts with Coraline and her family moving.
* NoNameGiven: The cat is only ever known as "the cat". According to him, cats don't have names, and they don't need them because unlike humans, they know who they are.
* NonHumanSidekick: The cat.
* NothingIsScarier: Excellently evoked for a lot of the scares.
* TheObiWan: The cat.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: If Coraline doesn't find her parents and the souls of the ghost children, she has to stay in the Other World.
* PapaWolf: Coraline tells the Cat a story of how she and her father stumbled into some bees, her father told Coraline to run, while he stayed behind to be the one getting the majority of the bee stings.
* ParentalLoveSong: the "twitchy-witchy" song, in which Coraline's father expresses his affection by telling her (goofily) the things he'll do for her and the things he would never do.
* ParentsInDistress: [[spoiler:Coraline's parents are kidnapped by the Other Mother and she has to challenge the Other Mother to save them.]]
* PlotCoupon: The souls of the Ghost Children.
* PluckyGirl: Coraline.
* PoliceAreUseless: Coraline calls the police to report her parents kidnapped, but is told to go to bed by the cop. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], since she told him her parents were stuck in a mirror...
* {{Pun}}: After her parents disappear, Coraline remarks to Miss Spink and Miss Forcible that she thinks she's become a "single-child family".
* SeeThruSpecs: The stone with the hole in it.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Semi-subverted. The Other Mother has put her Mother to to grave, "And when she tries to get out, I put her back in". So the Mother of Other Mother isn't exactly dead, by for all intents and purposes, she is.
* SoreLoser: After Coraline finds [[spoiler:the first soul]], the Other Mother sends a roaring wind ''indoors'' to slow her down. [[spoiler:She also has no intention of letting Coraline go, whether she wins or not.]]
* StylisticSuck: Coraline's Story.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The other mother tells Coraline she shouldn't listen to ghosts because they don't exist and everyone knows ghosts are liars.
* TalkingAnimal: The cat.
* ThresholdGuardians
* {{Toys}}
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Coraline in the Other World (eventually and temporarily). As for the ghost children, they're stuck there until Coraline can find their souls.
* UrbanFantasy
* VagueAge: Seems to be the case with Coraline. The illustration for the first chapter makes her look like a teenager, but the story she writes on her father's computer is the work of an eight-year-old.
* VampireInvitation: Children can't have buttons sewn into their eyes unless they agree to it.
* WickedStepmother: The Other Mother.
* WickedWitch: The Other Mother.
* WigDressAccent: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. Coraline tells her parents a story about confusing alien abductors by wearing a wig and talking in a foreign accent.
* {{Yandere}}: The Other Mother.
* YouDirtyRat: Good world = mice. Bad world = rats. Simple.
* YouWontFeelAThing: At one point the Other Parents tell Coraline this when they try to convince her to let them sew the buttons on her eyes. Coraline doesn't believe them for an instant.
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