Hello everyone! I am Lumipon, a freshly registrated member. I am a Finn, so any nasty grammar mistakes will be attributed to that, so I'll apologize in advance. But this is not a topic for introductions, so Iäll get on with the issue at hand. I have a few specific themes for a story: Theme 1: People are not equal. Someone will always be more skilled, stronger or more intelligent. How do you cope with inherent inferiority? Theme 2: Modern society is very competetive. People will respect you if you have high education, large income or political power. How will you react to these omnipresent expectations? Theme 3: Do you need to reach higher to find happiness? What makes a person content with themselves? Bonus Theme: The clash of ambition vs. talent. These are very topical questions, though some might call them "First World Problems". But depression and burn-outs caused by the ever-competetive social atmosphere in countries like Finland are real problems. Some parents have ridiculous axpectations of their children, pushing them to actively improve their bodies, cognitive abilities or, say, musical skills. (which is not a bad thing in itself, mind, but it does cause a lot of stress). Even the schooling system is guilty of this by essentially forcing you to choose your career path in an age as low as 15 (in worst cases). And Im not even tanking about the disparity of natural talents yet. So I have been conjuring up a setting where these issues are emphasized, so the plot, setting and themes would complement eachother. I though about the "real world" optiong for a while, seeing as these themes are very relevant to modern society, but I decded that it would be too boring. Exploring gloomy themes set in the "boring" real world didn't seem very inviting. Plus my favorite books ( and games ) are usually some sort of fantasy. Though if you have some sweet advice on how to make that realistic setting more inviting, go for it. My first candidate was actually using a setting from a manga called Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. You could say that the world fit perfectly with my themes. Let me explain: But using a premade setting would label my story as "fanfic". While this would certainly be true, fanfics are hardly considered thought-invoking. So I have pondered original ideas. Let me list a few: Idea 1: A modern setting, where some people possess ESP-type powers, like pyrokinesis or telepathy. The problem, however, is that these powers should be in general need: Essential to maintain the economical or political structure of the society. Idea 2: Iterate on the Naruto-universe. A supernatural resource, basically available to all, however some are naturally more gifted than others. The resource is mainly used to wage war, so high on demand. Idea 3: A dystopian future where people are evaluated at birth by their genes. The more intelligent will get better education, the strongest are trained as athletes, and the "worst" are left with second rate education. Idea 4: Give up and go realistic. As I'm mulling it over right now, it doesn't seem as bad, but I need tips on how to make it interesting. I am most thankful for any and all suggentions, tips, advice and criticism.