I’ve been brainstorming ideas for my series. One of the things I’m working on right now is how powers are inherited. Brianna inherited her powers from her father, but she has a brother who DOES NOT have the same father as her (I haven’t figured out whether he’s a step-sibling or a half-sibling) but does have the same powers. I originally planned for powers in the series to be caused by a random genetic mutation that, while not strictly hereditary, could be passed down to future generations, but since I’m not using the term “mutant” to describe superpowered characters in the series anymore (I’m using the term “irregular”), that doesn’t seem to fit. I also thought about powers being a polygenetic trait, with all dominant genes being “normal” and special abilities being caused by different numbers of recessive traits, but then I realized it would be too much to keep track of which combinations cause what powers would be caused by what combination (since I’ve come up with a pretty good variety). What are your guys’s thoughts?
Honestly, I think that you are thinking too much about it. Genetic mutations can be inherited, or they can be random. They can express themselves or they can be dormant.
There is no need for you to track all of the genetic markings of your characters. You are the writer and you can decide who gets power and who doesn't. The most important thing is that your story is solid and interesting. If you need a character to have no powers, just say "It looks like I didn't get that gene" and move on. You don't have to dive into it because that is not the main focus of your story.
Your main focus needs to be how the characters deal with their powers, not how they get their powers.
Honestly, I’m just afraid of other Christians’ reactions to my series.
No need to worry about that. Some people will like it, some people won't. Don't try to write stories that are so watered down that they won't bother anyone. If you have a story to tell, tell it. If you have a message to give, don't be afraid to give it.
For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
I agree with Mr. Kevin. You're writing a story, you're the one putting work into it.
As Christians, some of us will disagree about things (How long hair needs to be, Whether not we should always wear skirts, etc.) As long as you think it's clean, and doesn't support themes you disagree with, you're in the green!
Stan Lee once said in an interview that you should write stories for yourself...stories that interest you. Some people will like it, and some won't; but at least you know that there are people out there that like what you like. And as far as other "Christians" go, this is what I believe is the problem with faith based media as a whole. We try so hard to water things down and not offend, that it just looks, and sounds downright BORING! It becomes unrealistic and cookie cutter. We need to meet folks where they are, just like Jesus did...just like Paul did, and said:“I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some." Now that doesn't mean we compromise and glorify sin...but we do have the right to convey truth and address sin. Comics in essence reflects our world...and if we can meet the world on their turf, with what is familiar to them without compromising what we believe, and present out message of God's glory in a compelling way...mission accomplished! Last time I checked, there is nothing rated G about the Word of God. In the mist of the message of God's love towards us...there is blood shed, rape, incest, prostitution, fornication, and every other sin that is imagined. But in the end, we all get the message of God's love which helps us to conquer all those things. So tell your story and tell it with boldness!
I just don’t know what I would enjoy writing more.
Sorry. Wrong discussion. Ugh.
What everyone has already said on this is so true! Especially about the watering down and being boring. You have something special to share with the world, something that God gave only you to share. Share it and enjoy that journey.