Let's Talk with Nancy J. Cohen
Twins In Fiction
An unusual phenomenon happened to me recently. I cracked open an egg and a double set of yolks stared back at me. Were these meant to be twins? How cruel were we to take these potential chicks from their poor mother? What right do we have to harvest eggs anyway?
The old chicken and egg joke comes to mind. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or the saying, “The Yoke’s on You”, a play on The Joke’s on You. How many chicken jokes can you tell us?
Many of these are lurking in our cultural subconscious, much like the association of twins with fiction. In The King’s Affection, a captivating K-Drama on Netflix, twins born by the Queen are an ominous sign. It’s worse because one of them is a girl. Born after her brother, she could grow up to become a threat to the crown. She has to die, but someone saves her and hides her away until … You’ll have to watch it to see the rest.
Twins are a popular archetype in fiction. Remember The Parent Trap with Hayley Mills? The romance novel I’m reading right now deals with twins. When the heroine’s sister was unable to fulfill an arranged marriage to a Duke, the twin took her place. She falls in love with him, afraid of being exposed as a fraud. Or how about the black sheep twin brother who shocks everyone when he arrives at his titled brother’s doorstep? A similar theme is look-alikes, as in The Prince and The Pauper. These tropes provide all sorts of possibilities for stories.
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