|You have died of DAGGER IN THE BACK!|
|I AM THE NIGHT.|
Given that I'm usually terminally disorganized, so I shall be good and give you a nice little outline of what I'm talking about.
[Apparently, I'm long-winded as hell! Each of these will be a separate post. Whee!]
1) Assassins? Why do you want to talk about them?
2) Assassins! How to write them! How not to write them! How to write whatever the hell you want! Yay writing!
3) Assassins. Examples from actual legit published things.
Shall we jump right in? *swirls cloak, vanishes into shadows*
(PS: pictures here are amazing art from people I don't know. If there's no source linked, it's because I couldn't find it. Tell me if you know!)
|It's an Assassin Convention! (source)|
Here's the thing. I'm obsessed with assassin stories. To quote someone on Goodreads: It's my kryptonite. You put the word "assassin" in your book title or summary, and I'm reading reviews like two minutes later. I love them. And I'm not alone. Let's examine why.
Firstly: There's the pure awesomeness factor.
|Realistic clothing! Whoo! (source)|
|Attack from above!|
|Dual-wielding! Not easy. (source)|
Secondly: The psychological factor.
|Ah, angst. (source)|
|Favorite assassin weapon. After knives.|
|I see dead people. (source)|
(Now is a GREAT time to mention I'm interested in all of this only and solely through fiction.)
|About 1 contract's work of coin. Yes, I made that up.|
Okay, that's cool and all, but why are we flailing about this again?
While I see assassins pop up in fantasy fairly often, I don't often see them done well. Which is a tremendous shame. No, I'm not going to link TV Tropes here. But you know what I mean.
(There's another epic rant on how infrequently I see--specifically--female assassins done well, but I'm saving up all that bottled-up snark for a proper post of fiery combustion. Do you know how hard it was to find non-sexualized female assassin art? HARD.)
|Put your characters to the test: (The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test)|
The entire reason I find assassins so fascinating is because they're flawed. But they found a way to get over it, to make a deal with it, or sacrifice something in order to survive despite that flaw. Be it physical, mental, emotional, or just bad circumstances.
Pretty airheads that haven't worked for their universally respected position aren't the same at all, dammit!
Next up in this series, which was supposed to just be a single blog post--WRITING ASSASSINS. How to, how not to, and how to write exactly what you want!
Tune in for more essential advice f--*is impaled by throwing knives*
With my last gasping breath ... my legacy to you ... my MEMES! *dies suddenly*
|I want to play this game.|