Today is my birthday. It would be nice if some supernatural creature came along and told me that I've finally hit the right age where my powers develop. It's taken a while because my species take a long time to mature being only half-human. I guess that's still why I have freckles. I was promised when I got older, my freckles would go away. If I'm not that old for my species, I can live with my freckles as long as I can have my fantastic powers.
You see that a lot in paranormal books. When the protagonist hits a certain age, she comes into her power or is granted it. "Happy birthday! You might notice you're starting to sprout a tail and you can smell things miles away, but don't worry. It's normal. Do you like the cute top I got you?"
I'm not a big fan of the coming of age stories. It takes a wonderfully unique reason why the powers start to manifest at a certain age to nab me. Being a teenager is hard enough without suddenly being able to see ghosts or developing a knack for fighting vampires. What would be more interesting is if a character turns a particular age and expects to have powers, but never develops them. In a paranormal world where it's expected that it happens, what if it doesn't? Or if the powers that are expected to manifest don't and something else does? Oh, the possibilities!
Of course, if I was given a paranormal power for my birthday, I wouldn't say no. What would I choose? That's a difficult question to answer. So many powers I would love to have. I would say time travel. That's top in my mind right now. (Only because I just watched the season finale of Doctor Who! The Doctor and River Song. Now there's a romance to light a billion stars.)
What paranormal power would you choose?
My fifth birthday party. That's me on the top left.
Surely that dress had to be supernatural.