Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Guest Post by Eleanor Wood: Why I LOVE Twins so MUCH!!!

Hello my dearest readers,

Today is a day I am dedicating to the blog tour of Gemini Rising by author Eleanor Wood. Which is why, Eleanor has been amazing to write this guest post for all of us to read! Please, enjoy! :)

Do you know what I think the most annoying thing about being a twin must be? It’s nothing to do with mistaken identity or joint birthday presents. No, the answer is: people like me, who are fascinated by twins and their amazingness. Seriously, it must be very annoying.

But I can’t help it. I do think twins are amazing. There’s nothing else in the world quite like identical twins – so much so that, to a thicky like me who barely passed GCSE Science, they seem almost magical.

Sorana, the heroine of Gemini Rising, feels similarly when Elyse and Melanie (identical twins) join her year at school – they are not only beautiful but unimaginably cool. Of course, they are also full of hidden dark magic and secrets.

As my teen years took place in the 90s, my sister and I grew up with Sweet Valley High, the Olsen twins back when they were cute little kids, and programmes like Sister Sister (identical twins are separated at birth and then accidentally meet as teenagers – hilarity ensues!), as well as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy. Somehow all of these seem to have melded in my mind to form one set of supercool, supernatural twins.

In my early teenage years, there were twins in my class at school. They were blonde, beautiful and definitely cool. I didn’t know them well, but you couldn’t fail to notice them in the classrooms and corridors.

Another set of twins I know spent their own teenage years perfecting a fake ‘psychic twin’ act, just to freak people out. The idea of being able to do this practically made me die of envy.

By nature, I am definitely a fan. I could talk all day long about my favourite bands/books/films. If I like something, I have to keep it/obsess over it/stick it on the wall. If I like an outfit, I wear it for days/weeks/months on end. Every time I go to the hairdresser, I take a picture of Cat Power. I am an enthusiast about the things I love, and I want to share them with everyone in the world until they tell me to shut up.

So, that’s why I wrote a story about twins. Not because of those scary girls The Shining or some crazy ancient myth – but because I’ve always kind of wished I could be one.

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