Why use genetic mutation?
When it comes to my series, this is one question I have to consider. Even with the young teen, Ephram, with a simple mutation where it involves an undetectable body temperature but the reviewers of the chapters always mentioned Xmen. This is a link that would be impossible to get away from when it comes to using the term mutants. Then there are the Heroes characters and even that one movie, Push I think it was called. Sure, there aren't near as many mutant ones as vampire books but still one might wonder the reasoning behind the choice. I know I can't get away from the link to mutants in the past and I actually think it's a good thing.
So, why am I using genetic mutation? Because I want to and that's what came to me. Many of the story lines and even characters are one I've experienced in dreams.
Fire&Ice is a great example of this. Sure, xmen have one who does fire and another who does ice. But I had a dream where one person could do both and he used it to throw off someone who is copying him with the fire. It was cool to have the fire in my hands (dreaming as the male character) then switch it to ice in an instance.
Another reason is that I love the biology behind it. Thinking of how the mutations came to be has been very intriguing as I've studied genetics and biology to a small degree. Sure, it's very unlikely that human genes will create superhero type powers but that's the fun of fantasy/sci-fi. It's fun to have characters walking through walls, controlling weather, and shocking people with electricity.
It's about the characters and not whether someone else has used anything similar. They have a story, they have abilities due to their genetics, and that's what I'm going to write.
Mutations include: fire&ice, weather boy, wind girl, electricity, no temperature, walking through walls, having extended falls that look like flying, copy cat, super strength, healing, nurturing, and many more.