Hubs and I went to see the latest Xmen movie over the weekend. Which of course got us into the mode for watching the original trilogy, which we’ve been doing ever since. Massive list of contradictions aside (evidently the new movie must take place in one of those Super String Theory alternate universe timelines that Marvel uses to explain the new artists’ visions in the comics because otherwise the director clearly didn’t actually WATCH the movies that came before), I love this franchise. I was a huge fan of the Xmen cartoons as a kid. Wolverine and Gambit are my faves.
I love the whole idea of mutants and super powers. What kid doesn’t identify with that? What kid didn’t, at some point, feel like a total freak among her peers? I think that’s part of why I so adore reading and writing the paranormal, particularly YA. Because it’s such a common genre trope and it always strikes a chord in me.
When Susan decided a few years ago to create the world of the Talents I was PSYCHED. It’s like Xmen meets Smallville (the good seasons before the Clana years). Superheroes and romance? Dude, I am THERE! I think I spent almost as much time playing with her braindolls as she did! And then at last she began the Talent Chronicles (starting with Hush Money–it’s awesome, read it) and I, in my role of crit partner extraordinaire, got to help map out fight scenes (since it’s kinda my thang). OMG WHAT FUN. I get to play with all these different characters with different powers and figure out how that will play out in a fight! Which of course leads to the inevitable question:
What superpower would I want?
Naturally this came up again with all the Xmen viewing this week. Teleportation has always been very high on my list. Getting to skip traffic. The idea that I could live ANYWHERE and work ANYWHERE because I could just BLIP from one location to the next. I’d totally be living in Scotland right now. Want some fro-yo? BLIP, I’m there and back before anybody knows I’m gone. Wanna visit that friend who lives on the other side of the country? BOOM. Done! Imagine what you’d save on gas and airfare! I could actually afford to take COOL vacations!
These days, however, I’ve been a lot more focused on the idea of being able to manipulate time. Not in a Piper Halliwell kind of way. More like a Harry Potter Time Turner kind of way. Do you have ANY IDEA how much stuff I could get DONE with one of those? I could give myself a TWO HOUR NAP EVERY DAY. I could SLEEP a full ten hours a night! Get in a complete workout in the morning before work. Put an actual DENT in my TBR pile. FINISH writing my books that much faster. Duuuuuuude. I WANT.
Sigh. Alas I am only human.
What kind of superpower would YOU want? Inquiring minds want to know.