Stories being too similiar

Question: I have an idea for a story about people with powers and the government rounds them up and throws them in these special prisons and kills them. What I can't decide is how the people get their powers. Every idea I come up with seems to familiar to something else they all either seem like they're a copy of the darkest minds or x-men.

Idea 1:
The government was designing a super soldier serum but everyone they tested it one they end up dying. There's an accident at the lab and the serum gets released in the world and infect millions most of which end up dying but the ones that survive develop these powers. There's something inside them that caused them to survive and for the rest to die.

Idea 2:
They're the next step in human evolution. These people develop there powers at all different times but usually around the age of 13 but some aren't until much later or some have them their whole life. Well they're exposed and the government rounds them up.

I want the main character to be one of the strongest ones and her father to be the head scientist that's studying the superhumans and trying to find a cure and a bunch of other stuff. Can you help me in anyway? Is there an idea you like the best? I can't come up with
any other ideas for a bunch of people to get powers. Do you have any other options? I also can't come up with a way for the powers to be exposed. Do you have any ideas? I have been going back and forth between these ideas and have asked others their opinion but nothing helps. I need help. I've been trying to decided for months and whenever I come back around to trying to decide after taking a break because I think I have it it just drives me crazy and I can't think of anything else. Do you have any advice on how to decide.

Answer: Writers certainly have used these gimmicks and others to explain superpowers (alien DNA is another example). Historically, when people believed in "a better future through chemistry," it gave rise to superheroes who got their powers from consuming special formulae. When the world was interested in esotericism, superpowers came from Eastern religious disciplines. When we were worried about nuclear war, mutation seemed a good candidate. When the internet age was being born, The Matrix gave us a hero who controlled the online world.

In other words, the gimmick can come from what is on people's mind at the moment. If you're tuned in to what people are worried about today, that may give you an idea.

(See, I can't give you a solution, just point you in a direction.)

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I've had this problem before.
by: Peter

As long as you don't have "someone with a super metal in their bones with claws" etc then you'll be alright. Make it your own thing, create your own characters and back story's and you'll be fine. :)

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by: Anonymous

I like the first idea better. Why not try to make it subtle, to make your original in your own way. How else would you attain super powers, you know? I mean really it's up to you. This is your box.

Serum seems like a realistic option. Maybe do some research on that to get a better idea?

Maybe! Maybe the way a person gains a super power in your story isn't generic or exactly the same as everyone else, which can help make the character unique.

For example, a martial artist practicing his technique 1000 times somehow manages to attain strength that borders the line of human powers.

Unique ways to gain powers can help to avoid situations that happen in heroes (the show). If you haven't watched heroes, do so! I won't spoil it because it's so good. :D

Sorry if none of these helped. I'm just throwing ideas out there.

Stories Being Too Similar
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem every single time I come up with a plot for a Dystopian book! I find that my stories sound the same as Roth and Collins books...If you know which I'm talking about. I've decided to dig out my old old OLD story ideas...I've finally found one that I think will work.

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