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Though I do not write in the theme, one of the more winsome subgenres I enjoy is what is commonly referred to as either steampunk or gaslight fantasies.

Normally taking place in the Victorian era, all technology is powered by coal and steam with lots of gears and mechanical glory and everybody wears goggles.

Here is an article on what they consider the top five films/tv shows based on the genre:

In the list, I am only aware of Steamboy which I own.

My favorite online gaslight cartoon is Girl Genius. (Warning: PG rating)

And I waste w-a-y too much time at Brass Goggles, a steampunk-oriented blog that has some of the most awesome photographs I've ever enjoyed.

Enjoy your side trip to a time when men were men and women could build a robot out of kitchen utensils and a teapot.


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Mar. 19th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Drat you and your comic suggestion! My productivity today is quite shot, thanks to you! Drat you, I say!
Mar. 19th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Odd to see ths Victorian Age being so glorified, considering the (by modern standards) rampant sexism, racism, and all the other evilbad -isms that were celebrated by society back then.

Not that the 'good people' of today are any better -- indeed, I'd say that they're every bit as bad as the most ignorant Victorian*. Hmm, maybe that's where the admiration comes from?

* -- Go and read a Victorian era rant on Catholicism. The read one of the modern 'exposes' on the subject. I defy you to find a difference.
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Nostalgia always glosses over the imperfections of the past.
Mar. 20th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I always loved Steampunk. I wrote a little Steampunk story for Califur last year and they included it in conbook. :-)

The novel I have that I hope to sell has a lot of Steampunk in it.

Dominus tecum
Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. I enjoy steampunk but didn't know it had a special name ^_^ Also, goodbye getting anything done *skitters over to read comics*
Mar. 23rd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I've just recently become part of this subgenre myself and find it just fascinating. I've never heard of the movies, but I plan on checking them out, thanks for the mention!
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Wow, there was only one thing on that list I hadn't heard of before, although FMA is the only thing I've actually seen. The list is slightly inaccurate about the new episodes being a "second season," but that would take a while to explain.

That having been said, I've always wanted to see City of Lost Children and must get around to doing so ASAP.
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