By Heather “Clover” S.
of Sketchy Ideas Studios
Poet Robert Frost said to take the road less travelled, but are we really still doing as he advised in his famous work? Over the years, it seems that steampunk has become more popular in modern society and has influenced art, literature, and even architecture. In some cases, it’s become a fashion statement for everyday wear. With its rising prevalence, has the steampunk community become less of a commodity?
My first experience with steampunk was with Disney’s Treasure Planet, and I was enthralled with the clever addition of space age elements to a commonplace 18th century world. Of course, I was too young at the time to know that it was a different interpretation of the classic Treasure Island, but the experience made me fall in love with this particular style.
As I grew older, I noticed steampunk appearing in other media such as comic books, cos-play, and video games. This means that steampunk is now an appealing style to adopt in “geek culture” and is steadily growing as its own genre.
Well, the term came from K. W. Jeter in 1987, an author who speculated on the rise of Victorian fantasy. Many other authors thought that this was an interesting concept and proceeded to create such worlds, making the genre come into reality. Originating in literature, it makes sense that steampunk is such a popular subject among bookworms and creative types, ultimately leading to the creation of costumes, art, and other imaginative media based on this style.
It’s exciting to see something old being transformed into a masterpiece of machinery!
With steampunk becoming more popular in other media, those who are really into the culture are afraid that it may be watered down by different ideas. There will be always be less successful products, just like with any genre, but new ideas can change the perspective and introduce new ways to incorporate steampunk in entertainment and everyday life.
Yes, steampunk is becoming more “mainstream”, but it will improve with different points of view.