If You Like Twins

If You Like… is a feature highlighting blogger recommendations for books, authors, TV shows, movies, and music based on the things you already know and love. This week’s post features favorite twins (and other multiple births). Identical, fraternal, or conjoined. Creepy and mysterious or charming and cute. All kinds of twin stories are welcome here. Stop by and share your favorites!


If you like twins, you might like…


Books

Recommended by Kari @ A Good Addiction:

  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink: Set in the 1800s, and hitting into the good and evil thing, this one definitely twists the twin angle in a few interesting ways.
  • The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard: Well, twin is in the title. And a book about twins where one can see into the future and one can see the past? Do you need to know any more?
  • Identical by Ellen Hopkins: Identical twins, abused by their father, and viewed differently by said father. Gutting and gripping, but poignant in true Ellen style.
  • The Blood Coven Series by Mari Mancusi: Sunny and Rayne start out as two normal girls, but then there’s the whole vampire, slayer, and fairy things that keep coming up. Really, twins just can’t catch a break anymore. But these books are hilarious and sprightly and well worth the time.
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: Of course I have to mention Fred and George Weasley, basically the best twins ever created in a book.
  • The Shining by Stephen King: There’s those creepy twin girls, that I remember so much better from the movie version. You know, standing there in their blue dresses? Yeah. Those creepsters.

Recommended by Annette @ Annette’s Book Spot:

  • The Girls by Lori Lansens: This book is about conjoined twins, and that’s why I loved it so much. I was just fascinated by how they managed to get along in life–there were so many obstacles I hadn’t considered.
  • The Lying Game by Sara Shepard: One twin is dead; the other one must pretend to be here in order to figure out what happened.
  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink: Twins who are orphans figure out that they are part of a mysterious evil prophecy.
  • Identical by Ellen Hopkins: Twins with an abusive father.
  • The Dark Half by Stephen King: This might not be on many people’s lists, but it is one of my favorite Stephen King plots, and it DOES have something to do with twins…..

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy (twin sisters): Emma and Payton are starting a new middle school. Emma’s super smart and Payton wants to be super popular. When things don’t go as planned – they switch places to help each other out.
  • Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian: Princess Carina wants a day to hang out with a rockstar she met online. It’s just her luck that she meets her mirror twin. Carina offers Julia 10,000 to change places. Julia needs the money to help pay the rent. Between makeovers, falling in love, and pretending to live someone else’s life, something is bound to go wrong.
  • Alanna by Tamora Pierce: Alanna convinces her twin Thom to change places the day they both leave home for schooling. Alanna becomes Alan and learns how to become a knight – while hiding her true identity from the world.
  • Princess for Hire by Lindsay Leavitt: Desi learns there’s magic in the world when she reads a magical ad. She answers the ad and becomes a stand-in for royalty in times of great stress who just need a break from the world. When Desi becomes a stand in, will her secret identity come out? (Not a true twin story – but a story of switching identities.)
  • Alchemyst by Michael Scott: Sophie and Josh realize they have magical abilities in the middle of a magic fight between Nicholas Flamel and Dr. Dee. Now they’re aware of the situation, their lives will never be the same. On the run, they battle monsters and creatures from mythology all in the hopes of saving the world.
  • Chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan: Thais’s father dies and because she’s 17, she’s forced to move to New Orleans and live with a total stranger. On the first day of high school, she comes face to face with herself and soon realizes she has an identical twin sister.
  • Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle: In Regency London, Persephone and Persy are getting ready for their coming out party. Before their season begins, they realize their governess (for magical studies) has been kidnapped. Together they must uncover the plot and rescue her without anyone uncovering their magical secret.
  • Sure Fire by Jack Higgins and Justin Richard: Jade and Rich’s mother just died, leaving them in their father’s custody. They’ve never met their father before. They don’t know anything about him except that he has all kinds of weird habits. When he leaves suddenly, Jade and Rich follow him and discover they’re so much more to their father than meets the eye. He’s an agent for MI6! Could he really need their help?

Recommended by Tara @ Fiction Folio:

Recommended by Heidi @ YA Bibliophile:

  • The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce: Alanna and her twin brother switch places so that Alanna may have a chance at becoming the warrior she has always wanted to be. LOVE this series something fierce!
  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink: Twin sisters, New York in the late 1800s, one is good, one is evil…what’s not to love?!?
  • I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb: What if your twin brother was a paranoid schizophrenic? How would that change your life? This book broke my heart!
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards: Another heartbreaking read. A doctor has to deliver his own twins due to a storm. His daughter is born with Down Syndrome. Without telling his wife the truth he gives the child to the nurse to take to an institution (it’s 1964.) The nurse raises the girl as her own.
  • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott: A set of brother/sister twins has their life turned upside down when they find out that the friendly bookstore owner is actually the alchemyst Nicholas Flamel who supposedly died in 1418!
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: Fred and George. Enough said.
  • Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal: I learned what the word “khaki” meant from reading this series. Elizabeth wears a lot of it!
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare: Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated due to a shipwreck. Viola masquerades as a male and chaos ensues!
  • The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross by Arina Tanemura: Twin brothers are interested in the same girl for very different reasons.

Recommended by Lindsi @ Books, Sweets, and Other Treats:

  • Bumped by Megan McCafferty: Bumped isn’t a book I LOVED, but I think McCafferty brings a lot of good points to the table. She shows us a world that I hope I never have to see.
  • Die for Me by Amy Plum: Die For Me is a book that I really got into. Revenants are something new and interesting, so I can’t wait to see how they are further developed in the next book!
  • You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith: You Are Here is a book I JUST added to by TBR on GR because I saw it in my feed. It’s about twins (ironic, I know) and so I thought I would share that book with you too. It sounds like it will be really, really good! If you’ve read it, let me know. I would love to know what you thought about it!

Movies

Recommended by Annette @ Annette’s Book Spot:

  • It Takes Two: Starring the Olsen twins. They switch places, unknown to their parents, and the rich girl becomes the poor orphan, and the poor girl is living in style. Also stars Kirstie Alley.We had to watch this one over and over when my kids were young. It’s a sappy, heartwarming story that we loved!

Recommended by Tara @ Fiction Folio:

  • It Takes Two: Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers this awesome movie?!

Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

Recommended by Heidi @ YA Bibliophile:

  • Twins: Starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This 1988 movie was a favorite of mine as a child. Casting Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger as twins? Genius! You’ll have to watch it to figure out why it works!
  • The Parent Trap: Starring Hayley Mills. Do I even need to explain this one? If you’ve not seen it you were clearly deprived as a child! “Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah!”

TV Shows

Recommended by Kari @ A Good Addiction:

  • The X-Files: “Eve” (Season 1, Episode 11): Don’t judge me for knowing such specifics, but this episode is about twin girls (clones, technically) separated at birth who start killing their parents. It’s awesome.

Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

Music

Recommended by Heidi @ YA Bibliophile:

  • Evan and Jaron: I loved these incredibly adorable identical twins when I was in college! Their “big hit” was Crazy for this Girl.” Jaron is now a country singer.
  • The Proclaimers: Who doesn’t love the song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by these Scottish twins?!? You know… “I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walked 1,000 miles to fall down at your door…” Catchy, right?

What are some of your favorite twin stories? Please share your own recommendations in the comments!


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5 Responses to "If You Like Twins"

  • It Takes Two was definitely one of my faves growing up. I was also obsessed with the Disney remake of Escape to Witch Mountain, which is all about twins.

    1 Melanie said this (June 10, 2011 at 3:08 PM)


  • Ahh, I totes forgot the Weasley brothers! How could I?

    2 Lindsi said this (June 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM)


    • You should be ashamed of yourself 😉

      Thankfully other people had you covered…

      3 Melanie said this (June 10, 2011 at 5:10 PM)


  • No, Tara you aren’t the only one who remembers It Takes Two! I love that movie — can’t count how many times we watched that when my kids were young! Good one!

    4 Annette said this (June 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM)


    • I used to watch it over and over….if I can find it, I might even watch it again soon. I was a pretty big Mary-Kate and Ashley fan as a child. Can only fault my younger self so much; didn’t know what they would become.

      5 Melanie said this (June 10, 2011 at 5:23 PM)


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