Why Twins Switching Places Would Never Work In Real Life

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There are a lot of fantasy things we can totally go along with — Harry Potter? Sure. Vampires? Yes, please. Werewolves? Taylor Lautner is fine anytime. — but one thing that’s getting a little too imaginative is the ol’ twins-switching-places trick.  This plot point is showing up everywhere, but especially in two new-ish TV shows: The Lying Game and Ringer.  There are a bazillion reasons why switching places with your twin would never work in everyday life.  It’d be one thing to fool someone on a date, but these two shows have twins take over each other’s lives — and they don’t even know one another!  How on earth could you pretend to be someone but have no idea what their BFF’s name is or what their favorite pizza topping is?

Sure identical twins look alike.  But there is so much else that makes a person who they are.  Most times twins have different hair, different body shapes, different voices, etc.  And obviously most twins have pretty different personalities.  That’s the part that’s almost got Emma caught on The Lying Game and Bridget in trouble on Ringer.  It turns out they’re both much nicer than their counterparts, Sutton and Siobhan, but still no one notices the huge change in their behavior! This makes no freakin’ sense!

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Oh and, the logistics of day-to-day life would be super hard to fake.  If you didn’t know your twin, how would you know where she liked to sit for lunch?  How would you choose between the quad or the cafeteria without anyone noticing the change in routine?  What about if you had completely different style than your sis?  It’d be difficult to explain why you’ve given up your twin’s preferred comfy jeans for minis every day.

It’s not just girls either — the twins on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody often thought about switching places for some of their plans.  This stuff pops up in movies and books too.  The most well-known twin-switcheroo was The Parent Trap — with a remake starring Miss Lindsay Lohan.  In books, the Sweet Valley High girls swapped places in order to fool people all the time, and the Weasley brothers in Harry Potter got away with a lot because of their identical looks.

Do you think we’re onto something here? Could trading places with a twin ever work IRL? If you’re a twin, have you tried it? And who are your fave twins in TV/movies/books? It’s your turn to talk… below!

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  • amadns

    I know switching places with your twin will not work because if you go in a class that you sister goes to the teacher wound know that something is different

  • xaria

    I think that fred and george look nothing alike

  • Aleks

    Look the only thing that’s a must are the looks. You cant fool people on how you look. So if the twins are exactly identical then the switch would be possible. The personalities on the other hand are more adjustable. You can alter someones identity and turn them in someone else with a lot practice. Sure there would be mistakes in the performance but that’s just how it is, no one can be perfect.

  • jenie

    omg i have a twins and we definitely did that and it work we tell each other what we need to know to foul them. so it possible
    bye and me and my twins we are the best

  • im a dude

    I don’t think people would care enough to notice a change in route at school, or something as trivial. If they didn’t sit with their twin’s best friend at lunch, then said best friend would more than likely try to talk to them and the problem would be fixed.

    • Aleks

      True but if there is such a problem, more would probably arise.

  • texmac12

    I don’t understand the point of this article. Most TV show story lines do not match the real world. So why highlight twins for your article? For that mater, any life situation or profession? What we see for entertainment is just that, entertainment. Even reality TV shows are edited to reveal what will get the biggest ratings. And story lines frequently exploit social perceptions of genders, regional emphasis, life choices, occupations, religion and this list goes on and on. If you travel to New Jersey, are you expecting folks to behave like Tony Soprano or someone from the cast of Jersey Shore? (O.K. so that might be a bad example, lol…) So I have no problem with story lines about identical twins switching places, especially on The Lying Game where some characters HAVE figured out that the twins have switched (Alec), while others are not even thinking there could be a switch because they were told that the other twin had died at the age of three in a house fire in Fillmore, CA. (Ted, Kristen and Phillis).

  • Anonymous

    i love the lying game!

    • Alejandro

      I’m already wronikg on the next book in the series…Yes, they are twins. Yes, two boys. No, they are NOT identical (didn’t you notice that one has blue eyes & one has brown?) Yes, I’m sure they’re not identical. I’m glad it’s me and not you also. I will not tell you who is the “smart one” or the “bad one”. I refuse to give them labels. I don’t know how I do it…I just do.The EndMisty, I think we better start looking for an agent to publish these gems!

  • Pole

    Well, I have twin friends and they’re seem totally different when you spend some time with them. They look the same and different at the same time. Their hair, eyes, moves even clothes are the same, but Alex has more round head an Suzie has more oval face. Their friends would recognise them at once. So it definietly won’t work IRL :>

  • Me

    I completely agree…a couple guys in my grade tried that once, and it did not work out too well.

    • Ita

      HA! thats fabulous! i don’t have twins- but i do have four kids- three boys- (one still insdie 😉 ) “yes, i have my hands full, yes i know what causes it, no we weren’t “trying to get our girl”, no we’re not catholic. : :)we could all chip in here and make a series!

    • hamony

      that happened to me in my school too

  • Jane

    but fred and george look identical and r (were :'() never apart and had the sme personalities so that would work but the others wouldnt.