Fearless (英語) マスマーケット – 1999/10/1
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I am powerful.
I am graceful.
I am angry.
I am pure.
I am raw.
I am alone.
I am Gaia.
I am just like you.
But I'm not -- I'm Fearless.
NO RULES. NO LIMITS. NO FEAR.
Francine Pascal is one of the most popular fiction writers for teenagers today and the creator of several best-selling series, including Fearless and Sweet Valley High, which was also made into a television series. She has written several novels, including My First Love and Other Disasters, My Mother Was Never a Kid, and Love & Betrayal & Hold the Mayo. In writing her stories, Ms. Pascal is inspired by her own memories of growing up and by the experiences of her three daughters.
Francine Pascal lives in New York and the south of France.
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Gaia has no fear, literaly. She was born without the fear gene. This doesn't, however, stop her from having all of the normal teenage problems. She's in love with the boyfriend of the girl she hates more than anyone else in the world. Her best friend is in love with her, but she doesn't know it. She lives in foster care because her mom died and her dad left her. Her foster-mother hates her. People keep trying to kill her. OK, maybe she has more than the normal teenage problems, but it does make for some interesting reading.
Gaia's not the only interesting character in the book. There is Heather and Sam, her enemy and her one true love. Mary and Ed, her friends, and other characters you meet in each book. Each character is completly different in their own way and contribute to the plots.
There are only two things I don't like about this series:
1. The indicisivness of Heather and Sam's relationship. In each book they seem to be at a different level of it, braking up, getting back together, both. It can get on a person's nerves. This probably wont bother you until you get deeper into the series though.
2. Each book depends on the other books for you to completly understand the complete plot, and all of the characters and why they do what they do. Fortunatly the books come out once a month, so this problem isn't as bad as it could be.
Despite these two things I realy do like this series, though other people might not. Give it a try and see what you think.
I believe that a good story must be believable. Even when you write about issues that are physically impossible (like not having a fear gene) your character and the rest of her predicaments must be within the realm of reality. I find the fearless series to be more and more unbelievable. Gaia is your stereotypical outcast, she is very defensive and therefore has little to no friends, and dresses badly which of course means everyone shuns her. But after this has been made clear Pascal makes sure to show us another, contradictory side of Gaia, the one that every single male is obsessed with. Ed Fargo, her best friend is, of course, obsessed with her. Then Sam, a guy who is dating the most popular girl in school is obsessed with her. And then there is heather, who is insanely jealous of this supposed outcast because of how "she doesn't even try" and manages to be beautiful. Sounds too good to be true? well that's because it is. If you are going to make your character one of those luminous people that everyone is drawn to (and that is what Francine Pascal is trying with Gaia) then your readers need to understand the appeal. They need to see that despite the sweatpants and nasty scowl, she is somehow undeniably lovable. The readers need to love her too and be able to see how just about everyone who knows her has fallen in love with her. Pascal does a good job showing everyone else mooning over her, but the reader can't always see why. An neither can I. I can't seem to find this quality in the character that Pascal has created in these books that makes her so wonderful. I can't see any undercurrent of kindness or optimism. She gets defensive and jealous easily over popular girls in her school (heather) but lacks any interesating personal qualities or maturity that might bring her to overcome these flaws. Gaia has superhuman strength and fighting talents, but her personality is very normal. Nothing about her own person is surprising or interesting except for her overcomplicated and dramatic past. I guess this is why I find it hard to fall in love with Gaia Moore.
good story, but not the most convincingly fanatastic character.