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05:24 pm: Sky High
That's a pun of a title -- Will's parents (The Commander and Jetstream) frequently work in the sky, and the name of the high school for the kids of superheros is Sky High. Will takes the bus with his best friend on his first day as a freshman and is terrified, like all the freshmen, when the bus goes off a cliff and starts to fly.

Everybody is in awe of Will because his parents are the best in the world, but Will knows he doesn't have any powers. The school nurse tells him that sometimes when two superheros have children, their children don't have powers.

He hangs out with the Sidekicks (vs. the Heros) which include his best friend, Layla. There comes a point where one of the Heros makes him trip and spill his lunch try on Warren Peace, who hates Will because The Commander put his dad in jail. Warren, whose power is making and throwing fire, tries to kill Will but he finds out that he has super strength. He later finds he can fly.

A senior girl, Gwen, sucks up to him and gets him to spend the evening with her when he already had arrangements to meet Layla for dinner. Confusion starts and isn't finished until after prom.

This was a good movie -- sure, it said specifically that everybody is a Hero, but it was well written and acted.

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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:March 22nd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
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There's a comic I really like called PS 238 (early issues are up as a webcomic) about an elementary school for super-powered children. A lot of people seemed to think that Sky High was ripping it off, especially as one of the main characters in PS 238 is in a similar situation (child of two powerful supers who has no powers himself). I don't agree -- I agree they were ripping something off, but I think PS 238 was under their radar. I think they were trying to clone Harry Potter. "What's like a school for wizards? How about a school for super-heroes?" Once you have the basic concept of a school for super-heroes, the "child of supers with no powers" concept is easy to think of.
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From:kgbooklog
Date:March 23rd, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
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Once you have the basic concept of a school for super-heroes, the "child of supers with no powers" concept is easy to think of.

See also the webcomic Magellan (though that may have been directly influenced by PS238), Jim Butcher's Academ's Fury, and (to a lesser extent) Piers Anthony's A Spell for Chameleon.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 23rd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Now, I've read A Spell for Chameleon, but it was long ago and I don't exactly remember what it was about.
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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:March 23rd, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Everyone in Xanth has one magical talent (you knew that) and Bink, who doesn't, must be exiled to Mundania. (It turns out that Bink does, but it isn't obvious.)
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 23rd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yes, I do remember that. I bought that series for a while and then it started getting too tacky and I stopped and got rid of what I had.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 23rd, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I hadn't thought of Harry Potter for this. And I'd never heard of that comic!
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