The Philosophical Underpinnings of Assassin Fantasy: A Foray into the Abyss of Existential Questions

Dive into the philosophical depths of assassin fantasy novels. Explore themes of morality, existentialism, nihilism, and the quest for redemption amid thrilling narratives.

Aassassin fantasy—the genre where characters dodge moral quandaries as skillfully as they dodge arrows.

These thrilling narratives might seem like mere escapism, perfect for drowning out the mundane existential crises that fill our lives, like whether to opt for almond or oat milk in your morning latte.

However, if you lift the veil of blood spatter and poisoned daggers, you’ll find a realm teeming with philosophical conundrums.

Who knew that the path to enlightenment could be soaked in the ichor of fictional deaths?

A Game of Morality Chess

Morality in assassin fantasy is as stable as a house of cards in a hurricane.

Our charismatic killers often live by a code, a self-prescribed ethical rulebook that justifies their actions.

Is this consequentialism in its most brutal form, where the end justifies the means, or is it a twisted form of deontological ethics, where actions are guided by set rules rather than their outcomes?

Kant would be turning in his grave, but probably also secretly binge-reading.

The Existentialism of Kill or Be Killed

Sartre had his “Hell is other people,” and assassin fantasy has its “Kill or be killed.”

Existentialism thrives in these perilous landscapes, posing questions of choice, freedom, and existence against a backdrop of constant life-and-death decisions.

When every choice could lead to either survival or a gruesome end, existential angst is a given, even if it’s cloaked in leather and armed with a crossbow.

The Nihilism of Death

For many an assassin, life is absurd and death is meaningless—an outlook that aligns perfectly with the principles of nihilism.

In a profession where lives are ended on a whim or for a purse of gold, can life hold intrinsic value?

It’s a slippery slope, and at the bottom, you’ll likely find Nietzsche sipping wine with a smirk.

The Social Contract, or Lack Thereof

Hobbes believed in the necessity of social contracts to escape the “state of nature,” which is nasty, brutish, and short.

Assassin protagonists are usually far removed from societal norms, either as outcasts, rebels, or agents of shadowy organizations.

They live in a perpetual state of nature, where the social contract is as binding as a cobweb in a gale.

It’s each for their own, and may the gods help anyone who gets in the way.

The Dualism of Good and Evil

Many assassin tales are woven around the dualistic struggle between good and evil.

However, these lines often blur, creating a moral grayscale where characters possess both virtuous and malicious traits.

This echoes the age-old philosophical debate on dualism and monism—concepts that question the very nature of good and evil, light and darkness, almond and oat milk.

Okay, maybe not the last one.

The Pursuit of Redemption

Finally, let’s talk about redemption.

It’s the light at the end of many a dark tunnel in assassin fantasy.

Characters strive for redemption as if it were a tangible goal, but what does it really mean to be redeemed?

Is it possible to wash away a lifetime of sins through a single act of goodness?

This taps into theories of justice and atonement that have perplexed philosophers for centuries.

So the next time you delve into an assassin fantasy novel, remember that beneath the action-packed surface lies a wellspring of philosophical thought.

You’re not just entertaining yourself; you’re also engaging with some of the most complex moral and existential questions ever posed.

How’s that for killing two birds with one, er, poisoned dart?

Why We Can’t Quit Zombies: The Undying Attraction of a Rotting Romance

Delve into the undying appeal of zombie fiction with a dark twist. From the joys of Schadenfreude to our primal survival instincts, explore why we’re eternally hooked.

Ah, zombies—the shambling, drooling darlings of the fiction world that we just can’t seem to get enough of, like a parasite-infested car crash we can’t look away from.

From George A. Romero’s genre-defining flicks to the highly-addictive The Walking Dead, the appeal of zombie fiction endures much like the zombies themselves: sluggish yet relentless, decaying yet indestructible.

But why do we, a sophisticated society who can split the atom and invent lab-grown meat, have this ceaseless attraction to the undead?

Nihilism Never Looked So Good

Let’s be honest, the real world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

Climate change, political ineptitude, and existential dread serve us daily reminders that perhaps, we’re on a sinking ship.

Enter zombie fiction, the lifeboat you didn’t know you needed.

When you watch a decaying corpse gnaw on human entrails, your own problems seem, well, less problematic. After all, your boss may be a tyrant, but at least he’s not trying to eat your brains—yet.

The Schadenfreude Factor

Nothing screams ‘guilty pleasure’ louder than watching a fictional character meet their end in the most gruesome manner imaginable.

Did that annoying bloke just get torn apart by a horde of zombies?

Oh, what a pity—pass the popcorn, please.

In the survival-of-the-unfittest landscape of zombie fiction, Schadenfreude is king.

We love the idea of justice being served, one grisly death at a time.

Rekindling Our Primal Instincts

Buried under our layers of civility and table manners is a primordial beast that relishes the idea of survival at its most basic.

Zombie fiction taps into this by stripping away the societal constructs that usually bore us to tears.

No more mortgage payments, no more queuing, no more pretending to enjoy your cousin’s one-man show.

All that’s left is you, a cricket bat, and the gnawing question of whether you can smash a zombie’s head in before it takes a chunk out of yours.

Carpe Diem with a Side of Brains

We’ve all heard the adage ‘live each day as if it’s your last,’ but nothing drills this message home like the imminent threat of becoming zombie chow.

When characters in zombie fiction wake up, they don’t dread the monotony of another day at the office; they dread the possibility of not seeing another sunset.

And while we wouldn’t recommend adopting a zombie apocalypse as your new life coach, there’s something darkly invigorating about embracing life in the face of death.

A Zombie by Any Other Name…

Finally, let’s face it, zombies are the ultimate metaphorical blank canvas.

They can stand in for anything—consumerism, governmental decay, viral epidemics, or even just the fear of the Other.

These flesh-eating fiends are a literary gift that keeps on giving (or taking, depending on how you look at it).

So there it is. The grotesque allure of zombie fiction might be as complex as the tax code and as mysterious as why cats hate water, but one thing’s for sure—it’s not dying out anytime soon.

And even if the genre did meet its untimely demise, it would probably just come back to life and keep shambling along, much to our dark delight. Cheers to that.

If you’re a fan of zombie stories, check out my ongoing serial Punks Versus Zombies!