by Neil Gaiman
Coraline Dissatisfaction Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"We're here. We're ready to love you and play with you and feed you and make your life interesting." (5.93)
Once again, the fact that Coraline wants things to be more "interesting" is emphasized, this time by the other mother.
"I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn't mean anything. What then?" (10.22)
This is pretty deep stuff. At this moment, Coraline figures out that life isn't fun at all if you just get what you want all the time. You're supposed to be dissatisfied sometimes; it's what makes everything else so great.
Nothing, she thought, had ever been so interesting.
And, caught up in the interestingness of the world, Coraline barely noticed that she had wriggled down and curled catlike on her grandmother's uncomfortable chair […]. (11.61-62)
The word interesting sure pops up a lot in Coraline, but it changes in meaning throughout. At first, the word represents Coraline's complaints of boredom. Now, it represents Coraline's relief and joy at being home.