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What is Steampunk?

From Airships, Anarchists and Anachronisms blog:

Steampunk began as a radical satirical form of fiction, but today it encompasses much more. What precisely is steampunk? As the editors of Steampunk Magazine explain, steampunk is “a vibrant culture of DIY crafters, writers, artists, and other creative types, each with their own slightly different answer to that question” 

As steampunk becomes increasingly popular, “The behaviors ingrained by the mainstream spill over into our proverbial ste­ampunk creek” (“What Then, Is Steampunk”). Thus, a question worth asking about steampunk is whether – as it becomes subject to the influence of consumer capitalist culture – it is repeating the past in a problematic way, or subverting the past in a meaningful way. 

With these definitions and concerns in mind, my definition of steampunk is as follows:

"Steampunk revisits Victorian culture and invokes a time when steam power is commonly used, either set in the present and creating alternative pasts or set in the past invoking future or fantasy technologies. While it doesn’t represent any one political position, steampunk – in its subversion of Victorianism - involves the politics of punk in its questioning dynamics of control and power and how society is organized. Steampunk embraces the monstrous machine in neo-luddite fashion, and in its radical nature subverts the conventional morality, opinions and culture of the Victorian Era. Yet, in its refusal to be classified, steampunk resists a fixed definition. Thus, steampunk is like a like a river with many ebbs and flows, constantly changing and being refreshed by new currents, but always moving towards the open ocean of imagination and freedom (and steam powered vessels)."

Read the full article here, expecially the “Finding the Punk in Steampunk" and "Steampunk and Anarchism" parts.

 

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Hey Steampunkers,

what do you think about the Cyberpunk culture? Do you like it?

Your favourite Steampunk movies

Some days ago I asked which one is your favourite steampunk movie. I’ve collected all the answers and this is the result:

#1. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (6 votes)
2003 - Directed by Stephen Norrington  

In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

#2. Wild Wild West (4 votes)
1999 - Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

The two best hired guns in the West must save President Grant from the clutches of a 19th century inventor-villain. 

#3. Treasure Planet (4 votes)
2002 - Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker 

A Disney animated version of “Treasure Island”. The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.

#4. Hugo (3 votes)
2011 - Directed by Martin Scorsese

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Watch the trailer.

#5. Howl’s Moving Castle (2 votes)
2004 - Directed by Hayao Miyazaki - Original title: Hauru no ugoku shiro

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home. 

Watch the trailer.

#6. The Golden Compass (2 votes)
2007 - Directed by Chris Weitz 

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Watch the trailer.

#7. Franklyn (2 votes)
2008 - Directed by Gerald McMorrow

The film is a split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor. It’s the story of four lost souls, divided by two parallel worlds, on course for an explosive collision when a single bullet will decide all their fates.

Watch the trailer.

#8. Steamboy (2 votes)
2004 - Directed by Katsuhiro Ohtomo - Original title: Suchîmubôi

In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

Watch the trailer.

And with just one vote each:

#9. The City of Lost Children (1995 - Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet - trailer)
#10. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985 - Barry Levinson - trailer)
#11. Serenity (2005 - Joss Whedon - trailer)
#12. Tankgirl (1995 - Rachel Talalay - trailer)
#13. Metropolis (1927 - Fritz Lang - trailer)
#14. The Three Musketeers (2011 - Paul W.S. Anderson - trailer)
#15. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001 - Christophe Gans - trailer)
#16. Sleepy Hollow (1999 - Tim Burton - trailer)
#17. Terry Pratchett: Going Postal (2010 - Jon Jones - trailer)
#18. Sakura Wars: The Movie (1997 - Mitsuru Hongō - trailer)

Stay tuned for the next question!

PS: Do you agree with this list? Is your favourite movie not in it?