Double posting encouraged
July 19, 2014 1:39 PM Subscribe
I am interested in variations -- that is, not just a body count -- of the doppelganger and evil twin themes in fiction, folklore, and movies.
posted by Clyde Mnestra to Media & Arts (58 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I have found examples, including Dostoyevski's novel and the movies called The Double (happily, a title used for two recent films, in 2011 and 2013). I'd love examples WITH details about the following:
(a) the nature of the doubling (i.e., whether it is simply physical appearance);
(b) the means of differentiating between the doubles (e.g., the goatee or the scar);
(c) the nature of the rapport/connection between doubles, if any;
(d) the explanation if any for the existence of a double;
(e) any interesting reactions to learning of the double (i.e., beyond routine shock or curiosity).
Examples of *mass* doubling, as through alien pods, are completely kosher and highly encouraged. Readily explicable twins, like those separated at birth, are less interesting at the moment, though I'm as big a fan of the original Parent Trap as can be imagined. Thanks!