In Honor of Release Day for Cursed, Attack the Stacks Presents…Mutant Mania!

In recognition of the release of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Cursed…a book which I looooved and in fact rated five stars on my review here…I wanted to put together something a little special. I thought and thought – and rejected and rejected – and finally decided that since Ember has a superhuman ability I’d put together a list of my favorite superhumans from  movies and television. I’d have plenty of book recommendations as well, but since this is a crazy muppet arms fangirling of one particular book I’m going to refrain from those. Hoo!

Obviously the first thing that comes to the minds of most people when you talk about superhumans is the X-Men. Who among us hasn’t wished for their very own superpowers? And while many people are under the mistaken impression that Wolverine is the coolest of the X-Men, the obviously correct answer is Mystique. Not only is she an awesome shade of blue, she can transform herself into anyone. So useful.

Then there is the tragic Ned the PieMaker from the defunct tv show Pushing Daisies. Ned has the ability to raise the dead with a touch of his hand, but there are strings attached. By raising one he kills another, and if he touches someone or something he’s raised for a second time it dies again. He puts this to use for profit – he teams up with a P.I. and raises murder victims long enough to find out who offed them and then kills them again – but problems arise (pun alert!) when he brings back the girl he’s loved since they were kids knowing that one single touch of his hand will kill her again, for good this time. I’m making it sound really convoluted but it’s a great show.

Then there’s the rather controversial Heroes, a show which started off with such promise and was basically murdered by the writers strike. Season two was shortened and kind of not great anyway and then by season three nobody really cared. Still, there were some excellent superhuman abilities on there. Of course, Claire’s spontaneous healing abilities would be super useful, but it’s hard to top Peter’s ability to basically “borrow” the powers of others. He can pretty much do it all.

You have to get into the wayback machine for this one, but in the mid-80s there was a show called Misfits of Science that featured a very young Courtney Cox and some guy with a truly impressive mullet. The show itself is really, really cheesy and  it’s also very, very 80s. I was really young when this aired so I remember little about it, but I definitely remember watching it.

This is a rather new one and it’s very new to me – I’ve only seen two episodes, though I’m currently working through it on Netflix – Alphas, which is an original series on SyFy. It’s got a lot in common with both X-Men and Heroes, minus the school from the former and the melodrama from the latter. It’s also got that nerdily cute British guy who was one of the interns on Bones for a while.

So what’s the point of all of this? Basically to say that if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a thing for stories about people who can do things above and beyond what is within the realm of normal human abilities. And that, my friends, is why you should read Cursed. It was my first foray into Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books but it won’t be my last – in fact, I’ve already bought several additional JLA books and I’m anxiously awaiting having the time to actually read them.

So if you could pick any superhuman ability, what would you choose?

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  1. Ummm…Mystique scares me. She does. I can’t help it. 😉
    I loved Pushing Daisies. Oh Chuck and Ned…they were fun.

    This was a fun post. Thanks for sharing, Karen!

  2. What a fun list! Thanks for sharing!
    I LOVED Pushing Daises and really enjoyed Heroes (but more toward the beginning). Ohh I miss Ned.

  3. I think this is a really cool concept, linking things about your favourite books to other facets of entertainment. I always thought the movie The Incredibles was good (really, anything Pixar is). I liked the Iceman’s abilities, or maybe it was just him because he was too cool. Get it? Ha!

    But seriously, I always thought psychokinesis (telekenisis) was the most amazing superhuman ability. Magneto really had the advantage there.

  4. This is such a fun post! Ahhh, it would be so hard to pick just one superhuman ability. I think I’d go with teleportation maybe? No more plane flights! Great post, Karen. 😀


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