Sunday, July 1, 2007

Which Superhero Are You?

by Kirsten Scott

Seems like superheros and superpowers are everywhere these days. On TV you can find Heros, Smallville, and did you hear they're remaking the Bionic Woman for the fall? I, for one, can't wait. Don't forget about Tobey Maguire, my favorite Spiderman of all time.

I'm thinking about superpowers partly because I just finished a major revision on my YA manuscript, which features a heroine struggling with an uncontrollable pyschic power. Sent that baby off to my agent tonight, yippee! Then there's our special guest on July 3, Alyssa Day. The heroine of her smash bestseller, Atlantis Rising, is an empath who forms a mind-link with a warrior from the lost city of Atlantis. Not to mention that Alyssa, under the name "Jax Abbott" published a fun couple of books about the teenage daughter of a superheros, who comes across her own super powers at precisely the worst possible time!

So I've been thinking--who's your favorite superhero/heroine? Do you like the "regular human" ones with technology or special aids (Batman, Wonder Woman), the ones who were "changed" by some extraordinary event (the Hulk, Spiderman), or the ones who were born with their powers? If you had a power, what would it be?

9 comments:

Caren Crane said...

I answered a similar question on Jenna Black's blog, so I'll borrow from there. Saves too much brain strain before the coffee sets in.*g*

First of all, my favorite superhero of all time is Wonder Woman. She is the coolest superhero ever. Come on, an invisible plane? And those bullet-deflecting bracelets? The golden lasso?! What could possibly be cooler than that? And, most importantly, she always had GREAT CLOTHES and GREAT HAIR. Perfection!

As to my own super powers, I have thought about this before and it's always a stumper. I am not a person who normally feels powerless, so I don't really desire power. What would be cool, though, is to have supernatural powers of persuasion.

On a domestic level, I could persuade my husband to mow the lawn, clean up his "office" and do the laundry. My kids would clean their rooms and make their beds happily.*g*

At work, the vile coworker would be swayed to the Light and my boss would agree I need a raise. Agents would feel an urgent need to represent me. Editors would be compelled to buy my books.

At the world level, I could convince those on the extreme right and left to be more centered and open-minded. Governments would take care of their people. Given time, we could end war and poverty and spend whatever it took to find cures for disease. It would be totally awesome!

hrdwrkdmom said...

I would like to be able to read minds, at my choice of course, first would be my son, he is special needs and I never know what is going on. Communication for teenagers is difficult at best, with him, it is non-existent. I would like to know what he is thinking.

Joan said...

Wow, this is a tough question as most of the super heroes I'm familiar with are from...ahem....my youth a FEW years back.

I did have a crush on Robin from the campy Batman series but Holy Useless he didn't really have any super powers.

Wonder Woman. I always just thought it was cool that she was an Amazon.

Maybe some of the ones from X-men. I LOVE Wolverine but besides having one hell of a temper and really, really, really sharp claws I don't know that he'd be a super hero. But I like his style.

As to power I already "flash fire" with my eyes on those crazy days at the hospital. LOL. I'd say telekinetics. Then I could mentally stop insane people from putting car bombs ANYWHERE in the world or at least teleport them away from innocent people. *sigh* Couple that with Caren's powers of persuasion and maybe we could achieve some world peace.

Trish Milburn said...

I am a HUGE superhero fan. Just in the past few weeks, I've gone to see Spiderman 3 (love Tobey McGuire as Peter Parker; if he doesn't do Spidey 4, it just won't be the same) and the second Fantastic Four (I don't care what the critics say, I thought it was fun.). I love the X-Men, Superman and the rest of the Justice League. And Buffy the Vampire Slayer is just awesome.

If I could have superpowers, I think they'd be invincibility and the ability to fly. Oh, and Willow's good powers from "Buffy" would be cool.

Christine Wells said...

Growing up, I LOVED Wonder Woman but I saw an episode recently and it was so cheesey I couldn't beat to watch it. Now, I think perhaps Buffy would get my vote.

As for a power I'd like to have, hmm, there are so many. Caren's power of persuasion sounds pretty attractive! Then perhaps I could persuade my baby to go to sleep!

Suzanne Welsh said...

My kids, especially the artist daughter, were addicted to the X-men. Therefore, so was I. Rogue always had a special place in my daughter's heart, but she loved the fact that KittyPride could walk through walls and doors. Both my girl's didn't care much for Jean Grey, but they thought Mystique was pretty cool...even if she was evil.

Me, I'd like to be Storm. Controlling the weather to fit your moods or needs. Right now, I'd send some rain to my family in Ohio, and dry out Dallas!

Caren Crane said...

Hrdwrkmom, one of my dear friends has an autistic teenage son who is non-verbal. I know she would love to be able to read minds! Myself, my children are all TOO verbal and I would not like knowing what they are thinking most of the time. Knowing is a double-edged sword with the kids.*g*

Caren Crane said...

Christine, I had forgotten all about convincing the babies to sleep (been way too long since the baby years!). That would be a great use of my power of persuasion! I could also convince my car to start, the rain to fall (or cease, for Suzanne!), the DJ to play my favorite song, the auto-flush toilet to do its thing, the cat to take a bath. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

Alyssa Day said...

Congratulations on finishing the book!! It sounds like one I'll love reading!
hugs,
Alyssa/Jax/Alesia/Mommy/Declutter Queen (I guess if I have a super power, it would be Captain Multiple Identity Woman. rofl)