Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 154: Death and Sex Appeal - Assassins in Speculative Fiction

February 1, 2019

Episode 154: Death and Sex Appeal - Assassins in Speculative Fiction

 

There are few archetypes in speculative fiction who capture our imagination like the assassin. This is matched only by the division between the fantasy and the reality. Assassins in fiction are depicted in a vastly different way to assassins in real life! (Although if there are superpowered, Lycra clad and very visible assassins out there enjoying successful careers, Jules and Madeleine would like to know!) This week the dragons take a look at the assassin in fiction and how male and female assassins are very differently depicted. Why are assassins so often portrayed as a very sexual figure? Why are (incorrect) shortcut words such as psychopath and sociopath so often used as lazy characterisation? And what exactly is the draw to character whose loyalties must always be suspect and whose morality is, at at best, dubious? Find out in this week's episode. 

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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