What is this “Steampunk” of which you speak?

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Steampunk is an art form. An expression of those souls old at heart. Of all the arts in which it has manifested, it is quite possibly literature that receives the most attention. It utilizes late Victorian era aesthetics (Clockwork gears), fashion (top hats and bustle dresses), and general cultural influences, and superimposes it with futuristic technology. (And zombies. Sometimes zombies.) It is generally agreed that Jules Verne is the father of the Steampunk movement, as he was the most popular of those who mused on the future of technology while living in the prudent and picturesque 19thc. Some others who unknowingly contributed to this neo-victorian revival are H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and, to some degree, Edgar Allen Poe (though less in a inter-species, time travelling hero sense as much as a dark literature way).

But ultimately, we must show rather than describe this phenomenon:

Etsy for accessories

Polyvore for entire ensembles

Barnes and Noble for literature (be sure to look into Arthur Slade’s “Hunchback Assignment” series, as well as “Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancy)

Pinterest is an excellent place to view artwork

You may be interested in films like “Around the world in 80 Days”, and “Treasure Planet”, which exhibit steampunk tendencies.

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So what do you think? is steampunk relevant? Beautiful? Atrocious? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Let us know in the comments below.

P.S. We give due credit to Ted Dwayne for capturing the beautifully trippy photograph included in our post. We highly recommend checking into his other work!

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A awesomely short review Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
Pride and Prejudice was published by romance novelist Jane Austen in the year 1813.

Nearly two centuries later, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released by Seth Grahame-Smith.

He has been praised as having taken a dead story and injected life into it once more. Though how he has done so by filling it with undead creatures is a mystery to us.

We here at Barton Hollow are rallying for a film adaptation to be made, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Mr. Darcy, and Tom Hiddleston as Mr. Bingley. (Whosoever is cast as the Bennet sisters is of no consequence to us, so long as Mr. Cumberbatch and Mr. Hiddleston grace the screen.)

We give it five stars.

Q. (Nicole) Describe to me what it is that Mr. Grahame-Smith has done to this well-beloved classic.

A. (MadaLin) He has infected it with a awesome flavor of 21st century sci-fi! Most notably Zombies. He has written in incidents with Zombies (called, thoughtout the book, Unmentionables, much to our good humour) and has also done the unthinkable in adding to Mr. Darcy’s list qualifacations for the perfect woman.

Q. No! In what way?

Mr. Darcy now thinks less of an accomplished piano-forte player and more of a knife-wielder! Since this “grevious plague” has infected England, former luxuries and marks of high society are now seen as tomfoolery.

Q. But of course, Elizabeth Bennet still passes his test.

Of course. The major pinnacles of the story line are unchanged, but they all bear the aroma of undead.

Q. Do you feel Jane Austen would approve of this re-making?

A. I think a lot of people feel that Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave (hah hah hah), but personally I think she was rather quirky enough to enjoy it.

Q. Do you think her “quirkiness” was well received by pre-victorian society?

A. Perhaps not in her own time, there were many throughout history who disapproved of her works, (I.E. the Bronte Sisters, and surprisingly Winston Churchill) but for every one mark of disdain there is an incalculable multitude who adore them.

Q. Pride and Prejudice is always widely spoken of, but tell me what the plot actually is about.

On the surface, it is about a rather spastic mother of five daughters who (understandably) wishes to see them marry well. However, this desire often overtakes what small sprinkling of common sense she operates under.

Q. Describe each daughter to me.

Jane, the eldest, is extremely sweet and loving.

Elizabeth is slightly sassy-smart.

Mary, quiet, contemplative, and a bit of a know-it-all.

Catherine (Kitty), who is a follower acting mainly under the instruction of

Lydia, the youngest. She is rather self-absorbed.

Q. Tell me about the marriages in the book.

The first to marry is the youngest, Lydia. Against her parent’s wishes, she at sixteen elopes with Mr. George Wickham.

Next, Catherine Deburg attempts to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart, owing to Elizabeth’s poverty.

The eldest sister, Jane, marries Mr. Bingley.

Elizabeth marries Mr. Darcy, and they live happily ever after, with both love an money, as do all of Miss Austen’s characters.

Favorite Quotes-

“My sore throats are always worse than anyone’s…” – Lydia

“Any savage can dance!” – Mr. Darcy