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What He Said ---->

Boy are you lucky. I was going to talk about rats in the barn and the coop today. But it will have to wait. Instead, Charlie Stross posted something worth reading...about the overabundance of Steampunk these days. And while I think Steampunk is fine, there's a wee bit too much of it about. I'm glutted with it. And Charlie makes some really good points about how a lot of the work glamorizes a truly dismal time in history when people died miserably, in poverty, and very young. It wasn't all tea and Empire back then.

So go read Charlie's post with kind thoughts you might not otherwise have had. Because the alternative was :::shudder::: rats.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/10/the-hard-edge-of-empire.html

Frog Out

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affinity8
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I like Charlie's post a lot.

I don't read steampunk, mostly because I find it is too . . . er . .. twee. Which is not really the right word, but it's all that comes to mind right now.

I know that Dickens was haunted for the rest of his life by his experiences in the blacking factory as a child worker.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 2nd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
twee, huh? not quite the word I would have used. but we have so many other things to write about, you and I, so why write steampunk?
barry_king
Oct. 27th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Even when people were chattels, they had value unique to them. The victorian era was where they became a monetized quantity. Of quantifiable worth. On par with piles of cash—Charlie's right to point out that what came after was founded on what came before.

Though I have to say—when the steampunkish-flavoured story captures the times in a more accurate light—glimpses of it in Pullman and Hunt that I've seen—it has a lot to offer.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 2nd, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
It does have a lot to offer and I'm a big fan of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, but pretty much as they were, not as they might have been. No biggie, I just thought Charlie hit the glut on the nose.
barry_king
Nov. 2nd, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Fair enuf. For all it's worth, I've also greatly enjoyed the Bartimaeus Trilogy, which has decidedly Victorian overtones.
bradrtorgersen
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
As alternate history, steampunk can be quite fun. But I do think we're reaching saturation -- and the buying market for steampunk has never been that big to begin with. So it's one of those big waves in a very small pond kind of things. As of yet, steampunk has not exploded nationally the way vampires have exploded nationally. Steampunk is still too much of a "skiffy" product, hence the audience isn't too big.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 2nd, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
hey, Brad! Thanks for stopping by! I like what you say about it being a small pond because it's been seeming pretty large and I do want to put it back into perspective.
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