Steampunk: The Next Big Thing?

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I was just talking with my fiance the other day about how I think steampunk could be the next big trend in literature, especially for the young adult market.

So, what is steampunk? From wikipedia:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

More or less. Sounds interesting, right?

As we all know, literature geared for kids and young adults can inspire a wealth of multi-media trends spanning music, movies, television and more. From Harry Potter and Twilight, to the dystopian futures of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent, these huge, market swelling franchises stem from well written books and series.

While steampunk has been around for a long time, it has never soared to the type of popularity that some other genres enjoy. The steampunk genre does receive some mainstream attention now and then. For example, the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on the graphic novels, and the movie Wild, Wild West starring Will Smith, among others. But it has not yet vaulted to a higher level of success, and perhaps it never will. But there are many people who have never even heard of steampunk. Which, to me, is unfortunate. There are very well written, entertaining and even inspiring stories out there in the steampunk genre and it’s time they get the recognition they deserve, don’t you think?

I have talked about one such series on this website before; The Jupiter Chronicles. But instead of re-hashing those posts(which you can read here and here) I want to shine a spotlight on something related, instead.

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As I mentioned, good literature often expands into different forms. The Jupiter Chronicles is no exception. The author, Leonardo Ramirez, is hoping to bring his steampunk novels for reluctant readers to a new audience by creating an animated short film based on the series. He’s teaming up with Magnetic Dreams (Iron Man: Extremis, Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to produce and bring it to life. Leonardo is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help get the ball rolling.

For more details, check out the website for The Jupiter Chronicles and submit your email to keep updated.

In the mean-time, try to stop by amazon.com’s books section and do a search for “steampunk”. But only if you like being entertained and inspired.

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