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Since when was fear a gene in itself? I know that certain fears are genetically passed down, but I'm positive that fear itself is not a gene that can inherited or not. It's something that EVERYONE is born with, and if they're not they qualify as a mutant. Isn't it awfully odd that she would even survive to that age when she wasn't scared of anything, which would include punishment. We don't learn what not to do without pain, but if she wasn't scared of the pain in her determination to accomplish a task, it's pretty likely that the discomfort she experienced would be enough to deter her from severely hurting herself.
The tagline to the series talks about a "fear gene" but I'm fairly sure there was an alternate explanation given about halfway through the series. The main character, knowing it's not genetic still uses the same phrasing because it's convenient. Lack of fear being inherently dangerous is one of the themes of the book. The main character gets in over her head repeatedly as the result of the lack of fear. Lastly, the series doesn't so much surgically remove fear from her emotions as that her emotions (except for anger) tend to be severely muted with fear being something she doesn't feel strongly at all. (At a few points in the series, she acquires the symptoms or effects of fear in very dire situations, but generally not very strongly. -Fuzzy 22:54, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
I've only read a couple of these books, but it seems to me from what I did read, she does feel fear, just not personal fear. She fears for those she loves, but never for her own safety.Carloak (talk) 13:45, 8 January 2013 (UTC)