This again. His idea for a statue at the Palace of Justice in Paris. It wasn’t accepted for some reason.
As an identical twin myself, there are some stereotypes authors need to avoid when writing twins. Here are some popular misconceptions about us.
DISCLAIMER: My explanations of twins does not apply to every single pair on the planet. Just like other people, we differ greatly for person to person. My explanations apply to myself and my twin, but it can be completely different for others.
1. Twins are exactly the same, because they look the same.
Twins are very different people, because we are different people. We are not copies of each other. Just because we look similar (note: similar, not exact replicas) does not mean we have exactly the same temperament, interests, styles, etc.
Contrary to popular belief, we do not physically look exactly the same. My face is wider than my twin’s; not by much, but there is a difference. My twin is half an inch taller than me, while my speaking voice is lower in comparison. I talk more. Our opinions differ. Our singing voices differ greatly. I have worse eye sight than my sister, but we both wear glasses.
Yet we do share similarities. Our college major was the same, as we share the same interests. We actually share two closets between us, because we are the same size and like the same style of clothes. One of the perks of being a twin is you have twice as many clothes.
Like any siblings, we have our differences and similarities, but we are not duplicates.
2. Twins have a secret language.
Maybe they might at a very young age (think infancy), but not later in life. Adam Sandler’s movie Jack and Jill got some points right, but their addition of a nonsense language was inaccurate. Past infancy, there is no secret language.
3. Twins can read each other’s minds.
Think of you and your best friend. You sometimes finish each other’s sentences, because you are close. You have similar interests, so you occasionally know what the other person is talking about enough to perhaps predict what they are going to say. You are not always right. Sometimes you make mistakes and say the wrong thing.
That is the way it is for twins. There is no mind reading involved, merely being very close to a person you literally have spent your entire life with, every single day. This differs for other sets of twins, but for me and my twin, we have been together literally almost every single day. When you are that close to someone, you have that connection, but it’s not mind reading.
4. Twins’ families can’t tell them apart.
One of my frustrations with JK Rowling’s depiction of Fred and George Weasley is that it is not completely accurate. The characters themselves were fairly spot on, but for some reason their family, especially their mother, had trouble telling them apart.
This does depend on the family, but my mother can tell my twin and me apart. So can my father. And my grandparents. And my friends. And my dog.
So why did Mrs. Weasley mix up Fred and George so often? Maybe because her personality was a bit scatter-brained and she had a lot of people to look after, but she made far too many mistakes, Generally, parents can tell twins apart. Obviously there are mix-ups, but they are honest mistakes, not repetitive ones.
5. All twins are identical.
There are also fraternal twins, which means that you were born at the same time like identical twins but look significantly different. There are girl/girl, boy/boy, and girl/boy fraternal twins. These pairs of twins differ even more than identical, but they do have similarities.
6. Twins like to prank people by confusing them.
Maybe some do, but my twin and I don’t. We only did it once, when we were younger, but we don’t say we are the other person as a joke. That is mean and intentionally confusing someone with nothing but their embarrassment in mind.
7. Twins always get along.
My twin and I fight like wildcats. We are each other’s best friend, because we are the only ones we know who understand what it feels like to be a twin, but that doesn’t mean we always get along. We roomed in completely separate dorms during college, and it helped our relationship immensely. During high school, we had separate rooms (thank goodness), or we would have killed each other.
We do get along, very well. But it depends on the day. Some twins never have any issues, but imagine living with the same person literally your entire life. Think your mom is annoying? Wait until you basically never leave your twin’s side because you go to school together, eat together, and live in the same house for decades.
8. Twins can physically feel each other’s pain, even when separated by great distance.
I’ve heard stories about this happening, but it’s never happened for me and my twin. One winter, my twin got the swine flu. I didn’t. Simple as that. The only reason we seem to get sick at the same time is because we live together; it’s bound to happen. We are not wired to get sick at the same time. I don’t know how the story happened with one twin got into a car accident and the other “felt” their sibling’s pain. If it’s true, fine. But it’s not common.
9. Twins can look at each other and use their sibling as a mirror.
When George looked in a mirror, he never saw Fred. He saw himself. Twins know who we are looking at.
10. Twins can’t physically live without each other.
Back to Fred and George Weasley. Twins can live without each other, the same as you can live without any other person on the planet. JK Rowling said that George couldn’t produce a Patronus after Fred died.
I understand that they were extremely close, but he’d be able to conjure a happy thought. There is no way literally every single one of his happy memories would be with Fred. George was happy after Fred’s death – he got married, had children, had a life without Fred. Obviously George missed his brother, but he moved on.
Remember everyone hating the stereotype of the girl physically unable to function without her man? Well, people apparently think that stereotype applies to twins, and no one questions it. Obviously I would greatly mourn my twin, but eventually you have to live your life. You do not physically need other people to survive.
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