Friday, September 2, 2011

Steampunk in Popular Culture

If I was a hipster, I'd be having major second thoughts towards my affinity of steampunk. The fact is, it's popping up EVERYWHERE.

I still like it a lot, and find the detail and imagination that comes with victorian science fiction beautiful. Here are some videos that incorporate this fantasy element.

The first is my favorite. It's modern with a traditional celtic flare. Magical to the very core.

The next is more "pop."  The only thing I see about this one is that it is basically a regular modern pop song wearing steampunk clothes (if you don't include the 'mystical' sounding beginning and the mystical story in the video). Still cool, but not as cool as "The Islander."

When it comes to films. There are quite a few that are also laden with steampunk-i-ness. There's a trailer for an upcoming Holme's inspired film here. And then, there's that dark, dramatic, subtle science fiction, The Prestige (based on the book):

This movie is fabulously brilliant. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. It also features Nikola Tesla, who happens to be a steampunk icon.

If you would like to learn about the contributions Tesla made, please watch this short, critically acclaimed documentary. ;)

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