Now that I am all caught up on my television shows, I am starting to look ahead to what will grace my DVR in the fall. Season premiere time is always exciting, especially when there is some type of literary connection. However, the upcoming show that is leaving me full of hope and anticipation is Supergirl.
In the DC universe, Supergirl is from the same planet as Superman. In fact, she is his older cousin. However, something happened where she was suspended in time and came to planet Earth well after Clark Kent already established the house of El. You know, the big S.
This show seems to be following the proper age gap of Kara Zor-El being younger and more inexperienced with her powers than her super famous cousin Kal-El. She struggles with using them, controlling them, and what path she is supposed to take with them.
Which led me to thinking about books where our main characters are struggling to deal with their powers, or the implications of their powers, in some way. I would love to have superpowers! However, I really don’t know how I would react if power, greatness, and expectations were thrust upon me along with the ability to fly, super strength, and be able to shoot laser beams from my eyes.
So, to celebrate the authentic feelings that Kara is going through, here are a few books where in which our main characters are not always sure what to do with themselves or their powers.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (2009 Best Books for Young Adults)
Katsa lives in a world where some have gracelings-. An abilitiesy that allow them to do something exceedingly well. Some people can work well with animals, some are expert swordsmen or archers. Katsa’s graceling is the ability to kill. No matter the size of her opponent, their ability, or strength, she always come out on top. However, this comes with some complications, especially when her uncle, a ruthless king, decides to use her gifts for his gain. Continue reading Why Me? Reluctant Superheroes in YA Lit