Just like you Lasura, i LOVE Gaara. He is the best character of the whole series for me because his attitude and personality are PERFECT!
Don't worry though, he is yours! You have known him longer
Besides, I can't stand Naruto because of his voice on the tv series (i know that's a bad thing to feel, but i just can't take the squeky voice out of the main character.) By the way, if Gaara had really died, I would have stopped reading any more books and would have stayed on like15-before he died if he had. That would have ruined my life and I wouldn't have a favorite character anymoresince he is the only reason I am alive right now( I love him...he keeps me going through life, knowing that he is only a page and a read later.)