Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Glory of the Steampunk


Playing in iTunes: "Let Go" by Frou Frou

I would like to do an early morning post on the glories that are Steampunk. (I capitalize that word, because I think it deserves it.) In case you are not familiar with this rather thrilling movement, I give you Wikipedia's definition. (Hold on a sec. while I go and look it up.)
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Ah-hem...."Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date."

Wow....that second sentence was hella-long!!! To cut through that crap jargon, Steampunk is bad-ass fiction that takes place in Victorian England and has strong ties to fantasy and sci-fi with a hell of a lot of technology. Mmmmm....purdy.

The image posted is a laptop computer that someone has decked out in the Steampunk style. Can you say FREAKIN' AWESOME!!??

I guess this post could really fall under the "inspiration" category. I would love to write a sci-fi (although really leaning more on the fiction side....think Jack the Ripper meats Willie Wonka) geared towards the Steampunk movement. I've been thinking about it for a while and have jotted down some notes, so we will see what pans out. NO ONE STEAL MY WILLIE WONKA IDEA. I KILL YOU!!

Ladies and gentlemen you are finally able to bask in the glory of the Steampunk. Now, can I just say that I really, really, really want this owl Steampunk necklace?

10 comments:

Pink Is Neat said...

Can we do a Steampunk photoshoot?

Terra Chandler said...

Hmmm....I think we should! I do believe this is going to take many many arts and crafts nights!! Oooo!!! Maybe I can go steampunk for Halloween!! I don't know how to pull it off...I but I can try!!

Pink Is Neat said...

I seriously want to live in the Steampunk era. I think that's a really good Halloween costume idea!!!!

hana said...

I'm not a huge fan of Steampunk. Just wanted to say that's one of my favorite songs. I love Frou Frou. :)

Georgie B said...

A two part response for you.

Part 1: Seems like you had a burst of creativity today, making three short and succinct posts. Reminds me of me earlier in the year.

Part 2: Steampunk sounds like a much more refreshing style than Splatterpunk.

Definitely food for thought.

Terra Chandler said...

Oh, Hana!! That is just a travesty!! On the flip side, you have fully made up for it with cuteness you post on a daily basis...as well as your love for Frou Frou. :)

Terra Chandler said...

Georgie, I had to look up splatterpunk....and I have to admit, it does not seem that appealing to me. I am not a huge fan of horror anyways, but incredibly gory horror is really really really not appealing.

Serena said...

Why do I think I've heard of this before? Regardless, it's brilliant. I also have this scene playing in my mind ever since steampunk was brought up today (I'll admit I had a preview of your post before actually reading). Now I just need to place this scene.

Oh...and I want in on the arts & crafts nights!

Terra Chandler said...

Hahahaha, I kinda imagined the arts and crafts nights at your house, Serena. :)

Georgie B said...

Sorry, didn't mean to gross you out like that.

I feel the same way about certain horror movies that go way over the top.

Sometimes, a little is enough.

That being said, it really does sound like an interesting genre to read. Sort of like Laurie King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mysteries that take place at the tail end of the Victorian era/beginning of the Edwardian era.

Gives me something to search for in the upcoming days/weeks.