Whither the Superpowers?

Posted in Random at 9:41 pm by Janet

Lately I’ve noticed a number of books in which characters have superpowers that aren’t called superpowers.

1. Grace–Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Katsa has a killing/survival grace. Po’s might be fighting, or maybe mind-reading. King Leck can control your mind.

2. Savvy–Savvy by Ingrid Law. Members of the Beaumont family have a “savvy”–moving moutains, causing hurricanes, making electricity, being perfect.  

3. Fairy–How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. Rochelle has a clothes-buying fairy, Fiorenze has an all-the-boys-will-like-you fairy, Steffi has a never-getting-in-trouble fairy, and Charlie is trying hard to get rid of her parking fairy.

Fantasy fans, can you think of any more superpowers that aren’t called superpowers? Is this a fantasy convention, or is this a new trend? Why not just call a superpower a superpower? Finally, what kind of  superpower, grace, savvy, fairy, or whatever do you want?

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