As an anime and manga fanatic, I noticed that some animes and mangas use a rating system when categorizing characters. For example, Yu Yu Hakusho used a rating system for demons and Tokyo Ghoul used a rating system for ghouls. These rating systems ranged from C class to S class with the C class being to lowest rating and S class being the highest rating. When I started writing The Young Guardians Series, a friend of mine wondered if I should use this rating system to categorize superhumans. I never did it, but now I am thinking of using it in my new superhuman series with C class being the weakest and most common superhumans while S class represents the rarest and strongest superhumans.


Here is a video montage I made regarding the Clowns from Tokyo Ghoul. It includes images of the Clowns from the manga and has the classical song “Send In The Clowns”. If the Clowns had a theme song I think it would obviously be “Send In The Clowns”. Enjoy!


Here is an example of real life superhuman strength where a man rolls up frying pans like tortillas and bending a wrench with his bare hands. Those items are designed to never bend and yet this man was able to bend them. Scientists ran tests and confirmed that this man was generating over five hundred pounds of gripping force in his hands. That’s insane! I will be looking for other examples of real life superhuman strength to get a better idea of how a real life Hulk can be seen on a believable level.



In some of the darkest dystopian stories I have been exposed to, there is always an integral part of human nature and culture that was being stripped away. For example, in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, possessing books were banned and any books that were found were promptly burned. Another example is the Christian Bale film Equilibrium, which involved banning human emotion and any items that would stir human emotion. In Equilibrium, feeling emotions and possessing unauthorized items were capital offenses punishable by death. In my superhuman series, I am considering raising the stakes by creating a world where religion was banned. Religion would still be used for creative and educational purposes, but actually believing and worshipping it would be capital offenses. This would be fitting since this world will be run by a totalitarian regime. I got the idea from things I heard on the recent news of people being persecuted for their beliefs and I wondered what would happen if that persecution persisted in the distant future. I can imagine it being a dark and cynical time ruled by dark and cynical people, which in my opinion would make a great dystopian landscape. One of my main characters and their family will secretly religious until their secret is leaked to the government and all hell breaks loose. This will serve as an integral part of this character’s origin story. Tell me what you think of this scenario.



In the books, what is Euron Greyjoy’s endgame? He won the kingsmoot, plots to marry Daenerys Targaryen and use his dragon horn to control her dragons, then he conquers the Shield Islands and gives them to his potential enemies. Euron said that he purposely gave the Shield Islands to his potential enemies so they would fail to hold them, destroying them in the process, which is pretty clever. However, now he is sailing his fleet up the Mander River and getting ready to face both the Redwyne and Hightower fleets. What is the Mad Kraken’s ultimate goal? He is surrounded by two enemy fleets with seemingly no hope of escape from the heart of enemy territory. However, he clearly has a plan for the warlocks and priests he captured including his brother Aeron. Does Euron plan to use the warlocks and priests in a human sacrifice in order to unleash some unholy magic upon the Redwynes and Hightowers? If that happens, what then? Aeron did have a vision of Euron on the Iron Throne with a mysterious woman by his side. Does Euron hope to use his ironborn as well as dark magic to pay the iron price and take the Iron Throne from the Lannisters? Also, who is the woman Aeron sees him with? Is it Cersei or Daenerys? I can’t wait to find out in the next book, The Winds of Winter.



Harren the Black of House Hoare ruled the Iron Islands and the Riverlands for forty years, which is a curiously long reign for a famously cruel tyrant like him. How did he manage to keep his crown for forty years? If Aegon Targaryen and his dragons never invaded, what do you think would have become of House Hoare and their kingdom? Would they continue to conquer the Stormlands after finishing Harrenhal or would they conquer in another direction? Would Westeros become an ironborn empire instead of a Targaryen one?