The Graveyard Book – Literature – Genre

The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman can be described as a young adult fantasy novel.

However, there are various genre elements included in the story. It is a coming-of-age story because it revolves around a boy called Nobody Owens and it describes his life starting as a toddler until he becomes a teenager.

The reader learns about Bod’s life in the graveyard and all the obstacles he has to overcome in order to succeed. The reader experiences Bod’s growth from a young, naive boy to a young man that is ready to explore the world and live his own life because the narrator focuses on Bod’s actions and his thoughts most of the time.

Gaiman also uses elements of the horror and the gothic genre since most of the story takes place in the graveyard and the story even begins with the murder of the protagonist’s family by a mysterious man.

There are also a lot of supernatural elements used in the tale, for example ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, witches and other creatures.