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Fade is a novel written by Franco-American horror novelist Robert Cormier, and was published in 1988. It tells the story of Paul Moreaux, a teenager in 1938 who has recently discovered he has the power to turn invisible at will, a power he calls "The Fade". Despite the cautions of his uncle Adélard, also a Fader, Paul puts his power to use eavesdropping. This power ends up bringing more trouble than he bargained for, as he witnesses horrible truth after horrible truth.


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  • Black Sheep: Adélard is considered the black sheep by his siblings.
  • Cool Uncle: Paul sees Adélard this way
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Adélard's current way of life as a wanderer started immediately after his brother Vincent's death.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Paul witnesses several shocking things while using the Fade for banal reasons.
  • Incest Is Relative: Presented as a recurring theme in various incarnations, notably with Paul's crush on his Aunt Rosanna.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: As was the norm for most French Canadian families at the time, Paul has many siblings.
  • Power Degeneration: The Fade eats away at the Fader's life force.
  • Sexual Extortion: Paul is horrified to discover this has been going on thanks to the Fade.
  • Super Powerful Genetics: The Fade is passed down from Uncle to nephew, with Paul inheriting it from Adélard.
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  • Twincest: Paul witnesses this while using the Fade to watch a girl undress.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: For Ozzie, Paul's nephew who also inherited the Fade.


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