Steampunk Sunday: Can You Steampunk it? Pt 2

Several weeks ago, I gave you some ideas and links as to what the Steampunk genre was. I’m still fascinated with this genre, and the world I can build within it. One thing that struck me when I attended the Steampunk panel at WFC last November, was how versatile the panel hoped future stories would be. The analogy they used was that the Steampunk genre was like a cup that other genres could be poured into. This would back up some of the sites I found where Steampunk was teamed up with paranormal or fantasy elements.

What is the attraction to this genre? Is it because of the simplicity? Victorian era is well romanticized even though it was a hard life, and the clash between old world values and a new era of technology was certainly pushing the boundaries of society. Is it the world of possibilities that Steampunk opens up? The adventure? There’s a certain sophistication with Steampunk. The idea that people were more technologically adept I think, has a lot to do with it.

So, it brings me to my questions, Can you Steampunk it? Do you think you could write something in the genre?


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

10 Responses to Steampunk Sunday: Can You Steampunk it? Pt 2

  1. I’m not sure I’d try it. It’s more than just funky gadgets. The machines have to mesh with the culture, and that’s some pretty complex worldbuilding. But I love seeing all the ideas people come up with it. It makes me feel lazy by comparison. 😛

  2. Moonshade says:

    I’m working on a story right now that was originally a Lord of the Rings-style adventure story, but I recently got it in my head to turn it on its head and add a generous portion of steampunk.

    What I’m finding a lot of is the clash between the grunge of the punk and the posh of the Victorian prim and proper social structure. It leaves a raw edge that lends itself to a lot of different interpretations.

  3. @JasonDarrick says:

    I’d give it a go, but I’d have to read more of the genre first.

  4. kmcambion says:

    A couple of years ago, during NaNo, we had to write a short piece in someone else’s genre. I had to do steampunk. I found it very difficult! I haven’t read any stories in the genre at all, but I definitely like the visual aesthetic of it.

    If I do end up reading it and liking it, I can already tell you why: I adore schizotech.

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