I am trying to discover this more and more as it is:
a. My favourite fiction genre; and
b. What I am trying to write my first fiction novel on
So – what exactly is “steampunk”?
As stated above Steampunk is a genre of fiction; which is a sub-genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
It emergerged during the late 80’s and early 90’s. As well as being part of the SiFi/Fantasy genre, it is also known for having distinctly horror, alternitive history, speculative fiction and has a strong focus on the Victorian era* where a lot of stories are placed except with one major difference – STEAM is a high focus in these stories, whether it be power, transport or otherwise.
Think H.G Wells – The Time Machine and that’s pretty much it.
Today steampunk isn’t just a genre though; with nerd written all over it steampunk has turned into a fashion trend, art design and new look for those that like to know how things work.
What I like about steampunk?
For me – being a independent mid 20’s tea drinking – I am woman, it is the female role models that attracted me to this genre.
For example; Alexia Maccon nee Tarrabotti in Gail Carriger’s Parasole Protectorate Series is a strong independent middle aged woman (who just happens to be soulless) and is determined never to marry and if anyone crosses her path – they better watch out… she has a tongue that makes even the fiercest of vampires and werewolfs cower. Even when she does marry this doesn’t stop her independent ways and strict likeness for having things just so – which means no tolerance for rudeness.
Secondally, is Xandra Vardan – from the Immortal Empire Series. I am currently reading this book – and LOVING IT, but that isn’t what this post is about. Xandra, short for Alexandera (coincidence?) has a very strong sense of family honor and justice. She isn’t afraid of handling a gun and has a strong possie of male role models and companions around her. She has a very strong will-power as well…. more to come in the review.
I’d like to think that if I was steampunk character I would look like this:
* It should be noted that Steampunk can also be set in the wild west and other settings