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    Wattpad brings you a guest post from our newest Featured Story writer TNEvans:

    Twins. The literary battleground is littered with them. Good or evil. Popular or studious. Separated at birth. Icky, too-close relationships (really V.C. Andrews, incest isn’t sexy, ever). The tropes of twins may not be endless, but they are extremely popular. And whether or not the stories work, readers eat them up. Twins are a fascinating and foreign concept to many people, so the ideas of twinness are often developed through pop culture references.

    My first exposure to twins was through cartoons. I didn’t learn until I was older that cartoons might not always be the best place to learn about new things. I didn’t even realize that most of the characters were twins when I was watching them. 

    Tweedledee and Tweedledum never really struck me as more than funny, chubby guys in weird outfits and ridiculous hats that made me chuckle. I didn’t realize that they were twins until I was older and finally read Alice.

    He-Man and She-Ra were favourites of mine, but I didn’t really understand that they were siblings, let alone twins when I was watching the show. I know they talked about it, that’s how she was introduced. But, an embrace like this with my brother would have been all full of grossness, so I just didn’t accept them as brother and sister.

    I, like most girls my age, loved the beautiful Wakefield twins from Sweet Valley High. Their perfect faces and matching gold lavalier necklaces that we read about in every single book were things to envy, but for me, they were trumped by another set of sisters.

    My favourite good girl/bad girl twins were Heather and Erica Farrell from the original Degrassi series. Their relationship was much less off-putting than the much loved, slightly abusive relationship between Jessica and Elizabeth. Heather and Erica were the epitome of identical twin stereotypes with their huge heads of matching curls, their matchy-matchy clothes, and their twin swaps. But they weren’t perfect. Their problems were relatable, and I loved them for it. At the ripe old age of ten, I thought this was what all twins did, and I was jealous that all I had was a crummy little sister.

    While it’s easy to immediately think of identical twins, fraternal twins tend not to get the play they deserve. As a teen in the 90s, I spent many hours following the dysfunctional relationship between Brandon and Brenda Walsh from the original Beverly Hills, 90210. He was the studious, do-gooder, who could do no wrong– even if he did manage to hook up with a new girl almost every episode for the first four seasons. She was the rebellious, unpredictable, self-absorbed sister who somehow found a way to make absolutely every situation about her. I see some of their relationship in my own twin writing. I don’t really like the girls, and I let the boys get away with more than I should. I suppose I could blame this on my crush on Jason Priestly, but for now, we’ll call it character development.

    My favourite set of twins, the ones that currently trump all others, come from a book I just read: Poppet and Widget of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Red-headed brother and sister twins whose only home is the strange and wonderful circus where they were born. Much like the circus, they have talents and abilities that can’t be easily explained. Their relationship is exceptionally close, but not in a creepy way. These two grow up together but are able to adapt their relationship to accommodate others. Poppet is a strong female character with a whimsical side. Her ability to predict the future gives her a level of interest beyond her twinness. Widget is a storyteller. He is one of my favourite characters in modern literature. His ability to bottle sense memories is a chapter that will stay with me for a long time. These two are identified by more than just their status as twin. Their skills both tie them together and make them unique. I adore them as characters, and they remind me why I love reading.

    Check out TNEvans’ mystery/suspense fiction about fraternal twins who are exact opposites:

    Going Through The Motions

    Penelope and Ash might be twins, but that doesn’t mean that they’re anything alike.

    Penelope’s always existed on the sidelines of their school - by choice. She’s never cared much about school or grades. She’ll just concentrate on her running, her small group of girlfriends and getting through her senior year.

    Ash thought this would be his perfect year. He’s the school paper editor, with a perfect story opportunity in a local serial killer. He couldn’t be more excited. With his perfect popular girlfriend and his rugby team friends, he intends to rule the school for one more year.

    But nothing is going as planned, for either of them…not by a long shot.


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  • 01/31/12--13:18: Calling all writers!
  • Enter the “Girl Meets Boy” writing contest! Win a copy of “Girl Meets Boy”, plus get writing feedback from author Kelly Milner Halls and learn more about publishing!

    More details here!


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    Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:


    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

    By Joe K., St. Louis, MO


    Lisbeth Salander is one of Sweden’s socially unacceptable citizens. She has been in and out of psychiatrists’ care and foster homes, there are tattoos and piercings all over her body, she never finished high school, and she has a police record. However, she is a talented hacker and a near genius – and a good character for a thriller.

    Continue reading here!


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    Who knew Harry Potter had such wide-ranging reading tastes?

    1. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

    Daniel Radcliffe has amazon.com to thank for introducing him to this satirical novel about Stalinist Russia, which Bulgakov wrote in secret from 1928 until just before his death in 1940, and which was finally published 26 years later. “I was reading Louis de Bernières’s trilogy on Latin America and this book came up as something I might like, so I bought it,” says Radcliffe. “It’s now my favorite novel—it’s just the greatest explosion of imagination, craziness, satire, humor, and heart.”

    Read more


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    Happy Wattpad Wednesday!


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    Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:

    Journalist Gail Collins

    By Darina S., Warren, NJ

    During my journalism course at Brown University this summer, I was asked to interview the journalist I most admire. I chose Gail Collins, editorial editor for The New York Times.

    How did you get into journalism?

    My mother wanted to be a journalist, so I’ve always been a journalist. I always worked on my school paper and I thought that was what I was going to do. I started as a reporter, but I liked the opinion section better. I was a columnist for a long time.

    When I was first married, my husband moved to Connecticut and I got a job in Fairfield County. They sent me to cover the legislature, which I liked a lot and thought was fun. When they went out of business, I wanted a job covering state politics, which is not what reporters often get to do. I decided to go to all the smaller papers and I said I would cover their state legislature for a fee. I made a list of everything you could possibly do to create a news service. I did that for about eight years. I didn’t answer to any paper so I could do what I wanted. After that, I started doing opinion writing for Connecticut papers and magazines.

    The two best things to do are to figure out what you’re really, really interested in and then make yourself an expert in that. It’s a difficult business. You never know if you’ll be able to get the dream job, but if you’re writing about things you really care about, you’ll be doing exactly what you want from the start. It’s best to try to write for as many places as you possibly can.

    Continue reading here!


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    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Join Wattpad and Romance Fiction author Marie Higgins as we discuss the best love stories of all time, reading and writing romance, purple prose, and more.


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  • 02/02/12--08:00: Our Favorite Love Stories
  • Yesterday, we asked you to share your favorite love stories with us for Wattpad Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who participated! Check out some Wattpadders’ most beloved love stories:


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    Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:

    Marie Antoinette

    By Lucy B., New City, NY

    Sofia Coppola’s newest film, “Marie Antoinette,” tells the story of France’s “Queen of Debt.” Played by Kirsten Dunst, who also was in Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides,” Antoinette is portrayed as the misunderstood scapegoat for her country’s debt, who never really said “Let them eat cake.” Coppola puts a spin on the way biographies are normally told, presenting more of a portrait of Marie Antoinette’s feelings than a history lesson.

    At just 19, Marie Antoinette began her reign over France with Louis XVI (Jason Shwartzman). The young queen encourages the arts and is praised by all, but Coppola offers the string of events that lead to the peoples’ eventual cries of “Off with her head!”

    Continue reading here!


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    Check out The Hunger Games book covers from all over the world! Which version of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” do you like better - 1, 2, 3, or 4?


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  • 02/02/12--16:00: Literary Coasters

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    We did it! With the support of our global community of Wattpad readers and writers, we won the very first TechVibes Startup Awards as the Best Overall Canadian Startup of 2011. Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us spread the word.

    Find out more about our amazing win in this Toronto Star article: Named Canada’s top startup, Toronto-based Wattpad has 3 million stories - literally.


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    “The extent of research that the author conducted in the course of his writing is admirable and lends an unparalleled authenticity to this story. The story is peppered with conflict, gunplay, fist fights and a good old tar and feathering, just for good measure.”

    Every Friday, we bring you an undiscovered gem to read on Wattpad. This week, our secret Wattpad Talent Hunters recommend Windblown Saviour, an action western for adults:

    Windblown Saviour by TheOrangutan

    I was born fast, born skilled, and endless practice has made me the best. A brief rush of adrenaline. Noise, the smell of cordite and then one of us crumples to the dust. This time it was him. Gunslinger: I may be feared and admired, but I call nowhere home. My gun and my skill define my existence. I will leave nothing but dried blood in the sand.

    Mobile Wattcode 892552


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  • 02/03/12--15:00: Roller Derby
  • Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:

    Roller Derby

    By Molls.xo, natick, MA

    I’d never in my life viewed the words Roller and Derby in a sentence together until the promotional event for the talented Drew Barrymore’s film “Whipit.” For those who are not familiar with the term, imagine the toughest, most ruthless contact sport, then add in some tattoos, neon blue fishnets with a tear in the knee, vintage Barbie roller skates and you’ve just defined Roller Derby.

    Continue reading here!


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  • 02/03/12--15:00: Roller Derby
  • Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:

    Roller Derby

    By Molls.xo, natick, MA

    I’d never in my life viewed the words Roller and Derby in a sentence together until the promotional event for the talented Drew Barrymore’s film “Whipit.” For those who are not familiar with the term, imagine the toughest, most ruthless contact sport, then add in some tattoos, neon blue fishnets with a tear in the knee, vintage Barbie roller skates and you’ve just defined Roller Derby.

    Continue reading here!


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  • 02/03/12--15:00: Roller Derby
  • Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:

    Roller Derby

    By Molls.xo, natick, MA

    I’d never in my life viewed the words Roller and Derby in a sentence together until the promotional event for the talented Drew Barrymore’s film “Whipit.” For those who are not familiar with the term, imagine the toughest, most ruthless contact sport, then add in some tattoos, neon blue fishnets with a tear in the knee, vintage Barbie roller skates and you’ve just defined Roller Derby.

    Continue reading here!


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  • 02/03/12--15:00: Roller Derby
  • Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:

    Roller Derby

    By Molls.xo, natick, MA

    I’d never in my life viewed the words Roller and Derby in a sentence together until the promotional event for the talented Drew Barrymore’s film “Whipit.” For those who are not familiar with the term, imagine the toughest, most ruthless contact sport, then add in some tattoos, neon blue fishnets with a tear in the knee, vintage Barbie roller skates and you’ve just defined Roller Derby.

    Continue reading here!


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  • 02/03/12--17:00: Winterlicious Toronto
  • The Wattpad team sat down for a Winterlicious luncheon at the Trio today. Yum!


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  • 02/03/12--17:00: Winterlicious Toronto
  • The Wattpad team sat down for a Winterlicious luncheon at the Trio today. Yum!


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  • 02/03/12--17:00: Winterlicious Toronto
  • The Wattpad team sat down for a Winterlicious luncheon at the Trio today. Yum!


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