Is it just me, or do twins make fiction more fun?
Yes, I mean twins, as in two individuals born the same day, roughly around the same time, but not always identical.
I don’t know, it just seems like lately I’ve been reading a lot of books with twins in them, not to mention my own. I think I love twins and the fact that wherever there are twins, there seems to be trouble. The Harry Potter series is a prime example. Fred and George Weasley were always up to no good. There were a pair of really funny twins in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series too (they were sons of Dionysus, I believe). And what about Tweedledum and Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland? I ran up on a pair of twins reading the YA novel Obsidian last week thought they added much flavor to the book (not that it needed it). In my own series, Hector and Theseus light up the pages with their sarcastic comments but quite different personalities.
I think that is what keeps twins from being too cliché. There has to be some individuality about them (I think real-life twins would agree). It’s even more important when the twins are identical. Especially when it comes to their names. I know how irresistible it is to give twins matching names such as Maddie and Morgan. But in fiction, I feel it makes it harder for the reader to discern between the two because they see them more as a set rather than as two different people.
Twin telepathy? I’m a big fan of it. It gives these characters a power over everyone else, something that others can only obtain by being born again as a twin. If done wrong, it can seem cheesy and lame. But if done right, it can make a powerful statement about the connection between these two individuals. Besides a mother to her child, what stronger bond is there?
Overall, I think twins (and other multiples) add something special to the books they appear in. Even Villains Fall In Love by Liana Brooks had a set of five-year-old quadruplets that I just fell in love with. I interviewed them on Colloquy by Diantha and just loved it. Can’t wait to do it again!
What do you love (or hate) about twins in fiction?