Thoughts on Having an Evil Twin

Thoughts on Having an Evil Twin

Spoiler: There are twins in Ignition. One’s good and one’s evil.

Okay, it’s not THAT much of a spoiler. It’s in the book description. But I still think it’s one of the most interesting dynamics in the book -- one that I’d like to unpack more.

The concept of twins as opposites in literature and other forms of media isn’t new at all. From interpretations of Beowulf to Dr. Spock’s evil twin on Startrek to Mario and Wario, there’s no shortage of evil twins floating around in the fictional universe.

But why?

Why not just have a separate hero and villain?

There’s a lot of lore around twins. Many twins claim to share a psychic connection -- a sort of empathic bridge that closes the gap between one person and another. They can feel what the other feels and understand how the other thinks.

That makes things pretty interesting when one is good and the other is evil. In Ignition, this is true for the characters Grace and Roivas. The separated twins could not be more different. Grace works toward light and love, while Roivas is the purest embodiment of evil.

As separate characters, their actions play off of and influence the others’. But they represent so much more as a whole…

While writing the book, I actually thought of Grace and Roivas as the same person, functioning separately but representing a point I believe to be true of all people -- that there is some light and some darkness in each of us. Good and evil sometimes seem diametrically opposed, but maybe they are two sides to the same coin.

As the character Siris Black reminds in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: “We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.”

I wanted to dive deeply into the constant, never-ending fight to stand up for what’s right, to choose light instead of darkness, and to hold onto hope and love...even if the other half of you is raging, destroying, or simply sinking.Grace shows that fight -- the fight against what we could all become without deliberately choosing good.

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