Double Vision (An Idiosyncratic Lit List)

August 29, 2014 Idiosyncratic Lit List 28

Hidey Ho, Bookworms!

It’s been a while since I put together an Idiosyncratic Lit List, and after reading Two Lovely Berries last week, I’m inspired to talk about twins in literature. I’m seeing double here, kids. Let’s get twinny with it.

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1. Nora and Aubrey Daley from Two Lovely Berries by AM Blair (review): Oh these girls! They knew they’d never be the dress-alike-and-live-together-forever kind of twins, but they didn’t see all the crazy that was coming their way. Sharing identical genetic codes doesn’t guarantee a strife-free existence!

2. Josiah and Keziah Beardsley from The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon: I don’t think these two show up until The Fiery Cross, but they were a welcome addition to Fraser’s Ridge, believe you me. I’ve never laughed so hard as when reading about Lizzie Wemyss and her rather scandalous love affair. Jo and Kezzie, FTW!

3. Emmeline and Adeline March from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (review): Apparently twins are cooler when they’re a bit feral (see the Beardsley twins) but the March girls are firmly planted in crazy town. They’ve got a classic good twin/ evil twin thing going on, and it’s kind of awesome.

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4. Fred and George Weasley from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: Were there ever two more mischievous Hogwarts students than the Weasley twins? Those two are simply the best. The provided me with many a laugh and many a tear. Although, I am rather pleased that I was never subjected to being a test subject for Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. Ton tongue toffee? Puking pastilles? I’ll pass, thank you.

5. Cath and Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review): These two! Poor Cath was under the impression that she and her twin sister Wren were going to be the dress-alike-and-live-together-forever kind of twins until they got to college and Wren left her high and dry. I mean, they were so inseparable they even had to SHARE A NAME. (That’s actually true, their mom wasn’t expecting twins and split “Catherine” in half.) No wonder Cath had a rough go of it…

Alright Bookworms, I’m SURE I’m forgetting some awesome sets of literary twins. Sound off!

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28 Responses to “Double Vision (An Idiosyncratic Lit List)”

  1. AMB

    I love seeing my Nora and Aubrey on your list! Thank you for including them! 🙂

    Fred and George are one of my favorite sets of twins in literature (Red-headed twins? Of course they’d be my favorites!). I also thought Cath and Wren were an interesting twin pair. As a twin mom, I could never have just split one name into two for my girls. They needed their own, individual names.

    As for additions to this fabulous list, I would go with all the twins in mythology (Castor/Pollux, Artemis/Apollo, Romulus/Remus, etc). Then, of course, there’s Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, who were the only example I had of identical twins in my childhood until I was in middle school.

  2. Rhian

    I’m not sure if they count as awesome, but I certainly consider Julia and Valentina Poole from Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger to be memorable.

    I’d also add Whisky and Charlie from Whisky Charlie Foxtrot by Annabel Smith whose relationship turns out not to be quite what it seems at the start.

    And of course the Wakefield twins ;-).

  3. Karen @ One More Page...

    I just came across a set of twins in one of Margaret Atwood’s new short stories from Stone Mattress! Made me think of this post. Also, the Tremblay twins from Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. LOVE! I’ve always been fascinated with twins too!

  4. Karen @ One More Page...

    I just came across a set of twins in one of Margaret Atwood’s new short stories in Stone Mattress! Also, the Tremblay twins from Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. LOVE. I’ve always been fascinated by twins too!

  5. Kelly

    WEASLEYS!!
    And ditto on Julia and Valentina in Our Fearful Symmetry. Also, Widget and Poppet from The Night Circus!

  6. Annabel Smith

    No list of books about twins is complete without MY BOOK! However, it is not out in the US til next April so i will forgive this oversight. The twins in East of Eden spring to mind for me. And yes to the Wakefields. God, I loved those books. I’m a little embarrassed about it now but…

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