Jen brought up an interesting question earlier – she questioned why we, the readers, are asked to accept some characters are good and some are bad with no supporting motives. And I wondered if that was an artifact of the book’s genre. In fantasy, does the reader take a few more leaps of faith? Does this help or hurt the story? Do the genre elements add or detract from the story for readers coming from outside the genre? For instance, I picked up very quickly on the fact that Silas was a vampire and Mrs. Lepescu was a werewolf, but Jen did not (sorry, Jen). There is also the skills of Fading and the like that Bod can learn as part of his freedom of the graveyard.