Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Introduction

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

INTRODUCTION

It is the visual images of Steampunk that first grab our attention, but the fantastical nature of its fiction invites us to step into the parlor for tea with the storytellers.

What is Steampunk, you ask?

Magic and illusion intertwined with reality; history bending to imagination. Science abused by impossible theories to create implausible yet ingenious contraptions, and readers willing to suspend all logic, because in the fantasy worlds of Steampunk a popular historical paradigm is in play. Authors and readers feel a sense that what appears improbable might actually be possible.

If you haven’t read Steampunk and are wondering what to expect, the following paragraphs are a mash-up of themes; a contrived sampling of a few sights and sounds not quoted from specific novels but imagined for this Fangirl series as a glimpse at Steampunk’s fictional range. As preposterous as this compilation of complexities may seem, similar individual elements can be found in most Steampunk novels.

Something mysterious, or worse, follows a familiar-looking man into the swirling fog that hangs in the dark and empty streets of old London. A pack of dogs wail in the near distance. Beneath a gaslight, the shadow of a tall figure turns a cloaked arm in his direction. Icy fear raises hairs on flesh that glows orange as the flamethrower approaches. The man with a familiar face does not hear Big Ben ring the midnight hour.

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From the show notes:

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is just weeks away from coming out. We thought it was a good time to check our enthusiasm levels and figure out what we will/won’t see in the film. Ryan Hurley from the Turtle Power Podcast presents his thoughts to the geek assembly.

We also examine the news and responses to the announcements of a new Thor and a new Captain America. Other topics include the voice of the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor, the idea of a Frozen/Once Upon A Time stand-alone show, extra Wampas in The Empire Strikes Back, details on the Agent Carter TV series and Screenrant’s top 10 good movies that were ruined by bad endings.

We manage to cover all of this as we try to get ready for Batman Day.

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