Nerd Trends: 5 Reasons You Should Be All Excited About Steampunk, Too
So of course I like this Steampunk trend, because although I am 1) too unkool 2) too self-aware 3) too lazy to actually pull it off, it does easily meet the two qualifications necessary to gain my admiration in that it is both fierce and nerdy.
But did you also know that according to Fantasy Magazine, it’s basically the new (not so off-putting) goth?:
A lot of kids in today’s steampunk music & style scene used to identify with the goth aesthetic — and are pleasantly surprised to discover that normal adults seem intrigued by this new thing rather than alarmed. Well, yeah. People think of goths as weirdoes who take vampires too seriously, and therefore they can’t help being worried on some level that a crazy goth might, you know, want to make them bleed. Whereas steampunks are — what? Weirdoes who take pocket-watches too seriously? What are they gonna do, vehemently tell you what time it is?
And that it brings the genders together:
On the most basic, most appealing social level, steampunk is a way to masculinize romance. That is to say: Steampunk takes something stereotypically feminine that most boys hate — Victorian lace and frills and tea and crumpets — and says, “Hey, how about some robots with that?” It’s like the Dance Dance Revolution of nerd culture: now we all have something we can play together!
Read the other three reasons Steampunk is like so kool over at Fantasy Magazine, and keep on rocking that DDR. I know I am (badly).