This premise hits way too close to home
for me, at least is very uncomfortable from the way their powers manifest themselves.
Realistically, if I had a power to stop all my abuse, it wouldn't be clean. Done seriously, I as a reader would expect one of two things: realistic wants, and therefore destructive and fatal powers. Do not expect them to fight crime with them, but instead use it on whoever is mean to them. This I could probably gut reading.
The other thing would be making it a standard hero story, but that would disgust me, given my experiences.
Unless it is more tongue in cheek, that might make a difference, but as a reader I probably couldn't gut it from what I understand.
edit: read the other comments
Unfortunate implications aside, if you at all play this realistically, THERE WILL BE A FUCK LOAD OF DEATH.
Do not underestimate a child's ability to not see the consequences of their actions, and giving them powers will make them murderers.
Like, what would the kid who gets beat get? Rage and self-loathing?
What about the one who got raped by a family member? Will that kid learn shame and suicidal tendencies?
What of the kid that was the kid of a crack addict, what will they get? The power of apathy?
Kids can't appreciate the 'what doesn't kill me makes me stronger' thing, they are developing, and cannot take that kind of thing. It really leaves them screwed up, and if I had powers from trauma, I would of literally made myself a god and killed MANY MANY people by now, and done some egotistical thing where I start a worship of my godhood in some small 15 square mile country and head my own super cool militia and shit... that sounds cool.
Anyway, good luck with all the family murders and school shooters you are realeasing on the world, unless, you know, you want to portray abuse as something that makes people stronger and isn't that big of a deal, and make any real depression look like wangst
, further supporting this bullshit that every kid or young adult who has serious shit going on is just some whiney week little mother-fucker that can't be given the time of day and deserves no respect and should be treated like fucking dirt because he is autistic and differnet and oh god i wish i learned to use my fist on those fuckers! mock me?! trick me?>?>!?! string me along and plot against me for your own fucking amusement?!?!??!!?!? FUCKAF ADSF;JAHDS FH'aj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Sorry, I have not felt this much anger in a long time, not the OP's fault, a lot of memories came flooding, a lot of angst and hurt. I wrote that last parapraph in a spastic rage of complete honesty, and that is a lot of serious problems for kids under constant abuse, esp when it is at home and school like it was for me, add on top of that I have been diagnosed with no less than THREE mental illnesses by professionals [bipolar (2 of them), Aspergers (two completely separate ones), ADHD (all of them)]. So if my rambling is any clue,
Either way, you will run into highly offensive unfortunate implications, or have a very bleak story filled with a lot of death. The latter I could probably take, and be fine. The former? I will come to your house and kill you. (Joking, but really, the whole thing makes me very uncomfortable, but maybe that is just me.
I do not know how else it could be played to avoid some serial killers/revenge killers/monster kids OR not have unfortunate implications, but maybe I am not thinking outside of the box. But if they are superheros, do we really need a scientific reason? Willing suspension of disbelief
edited 21st May '11 7:30:47 AM by jasonwill2
as of the 2nd of Nov. has 6 weeks for a broken collar bone to heal and types 1 handed and slowly