I suspect I am one of the first New Wave Steampunk authors to have come from the aesthetic movement. That is to say, I loved Victorian literature and Gothic attire, then discovered the steampunk aesthetic, and only much
later did I realize there was literature to go with it. My writing is informed by the movement
not necessarily by the First Wave Steampunk literature.
The Parasol Protectorate series also struggles for respect within steampunk because it is silly ~ unabashedly frivolous and fun. There is romance. There are caricatures. There is parody and farce. Very few burgeoning literary movements struggling for respect wish to be associated with such things.
I happen to love to laugh. I would rather brighten a reader's day than depress them. And this ties once more back to the aesthetic movement. I realized in a recent conversation with the League of Steam
, that a great deal of what I love about steampunkers is their delightful frivolousness. The top hat that has a teapot rising up about of it. The amazing brass contraption that dispenses . . . blackberry cordial.
Steampunkers like to play with their gadgets, they will spend hours creating the silliest thing, a moustache curler or a teacup holster. Frankly, you can't get any more Victorian than that. The Victorian's adored frivolous gadgets.
It is this whimsy, both as an aspect of the actual science of the Victorian Era and the steampunk aesthetic movement, that first drew me to write steampunk. When I began actively researching the genre I was frankly shocked by the lack of whimsy, because I did not realized that the literature and the aesthetic movement were moving along different (all be it converging) paths.
So, a rather serious post, Gentle Reader, from your customarily irreverent author beast. And to settle the issue: steampunk, mannerspunk, or bustlepunk? I will simply sit on the sidelines with my treacle tart and whisper quietly into the abyss . . . teapunk.
Your moment of parasol . . .
Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Your Tisane of Smart:
Your Writerly Tinctures:
The Steampunk Scholar on Bustlepunk
Back from editor, off to Gamma.
Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book One
Secret Project PPA
Only a twinkle in my little eye.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
says of Soulless
, "I am utterly delighted that this was the first in a series called The Parasol Protectorate, of which there are four other books which all sound just as fascinating."
Quote of the Day:
"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future."
~ Thich Nat Hahn