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What's your opinion of Steampunk? 

85%
1,926 deviants said I like it
10%
234 deviants said Steampunk? What?
4%
101 deviants said I dislike it

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:iconnitemareluffy:
NitemareLuffy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen drawings with steampunk but I have no idea what it is. -_-
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:iconthatwuneguy:
ThatWuneGuy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
It's essentially a setting similar to Victorian Europe, often with awesome steam powered inventions.
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:iconnitemareluffy:
NitemareLuffy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok. Thanks for explaining that for me ^_^
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:iconwezenbeesje:
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Steampunk is awesome. It's the one technical thing I like to see. Why don't people use stuff that looks like steampunk? :D
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:icongoirkens:
goirkens Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the style, especially for character designs, but I wouldn't wear it except for a cosplay.
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Cartoon-Heart Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
oh god i love steampunk :heart:
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:iconmilasery:
Milasery Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love:
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:iconsilverrosess:
SilverRosess Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love it, i would wear it every day if I had anything remotely steampunk...
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:icondr-dippy:
Dr-Dippy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Don't get the point myself
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:iconincredinic:
Incredinic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century, or a post apocalyptic environment. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate 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 usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, and China Mieville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine.
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:iconliquidego:
LiquidEgo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Steampunk is my favorite style
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:iconincredinic:
Incredinic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Same here because of this article:
The BBC series Doctor Who also incorporates steampunk elements in the design of the Doctor's time machine,[citation needed] the TARDIS, first presented in the 1996 American co-production when the TARDIS interior was re-designed to resemble an almost Victorian library with the central control console made up of eclectic and anachronistic objects. Modified and streamlined for the 2005 revival of the series, the TARDIS console continues to incorporate steampunk elements, including a Victorian typewriter and gramophone. Steampunk has begun to attract notice from more "mainstream" sources as well. For example, the episode of the TV series Castle entitled "Punked", which aired on October 11, 2010, prominently featured the steampunk subculture and used Los Angeles-area steampunks as extras
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Casperkdk Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I chose 'What' because there's no neutral option.
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:icondargereldren:
dargereldren Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Same.
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:iconmagic3w:
Magic3W Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Take all my like!
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:icontilit11:
tilit11 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
STEAMPUNK IS SO COOL !!
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:iconcosmiic-star:
cosmiic-star Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
steampunk is like anthro; if it's done good, it's AMAZING
but get one thing wrong and it ruins the whole thing!
but yeah i like steampunk XD
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:iconincredinic:
Incredinic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I agree with the "If it's done good it's amazing" part but I think if you get one thing wrong it can still be good.
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:iconvalenti-angae:
Valenti-Angae Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I like it, it's so steamy.
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:iconlyricbrony1:
LyricBrony1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wat :P
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:iconisoscelescube:
Isoscelescube Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I
fucking
LOVE
THAT
SHIT
I WANT MOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAARR
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:iconrainbowdash1471:
rainbowdash1471 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i make steampunk stuff! Its so cool, and you can do anything with it! And old watch can become an awesome new hair peice!
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:iconlinlupin:
LinLupin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Artist
I may even have a Steampunk themed wedding XD (prolly wedding reception, but whatever.)
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:iconlarvitan:
larvitan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Steampunk is great to see but there's some ridiculous thing on the net about it.
But gosh that song is fun to ear :D
[link]
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:iconhawktalonjulietree:
HawktalonJulieTree Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Whatever floats people's boats
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:iconamandaam:
amandaam Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think steampunk is really cool^^
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There needs to be a neutral option... so I just voted 'What??'

The aesthetics of it are quite interesting. Not always feasible from a technological standpoint, as many steampunk settings take a lot of artistic liberties on actual mechanical workings or just add magic as a catchall explanation... steampunk settings are generally created by artists and writers, not engineers). Still, it manages to come up with some cool, if impractical, gadgets and alternate history (and if we all read things for how realistic it is, then there would be no such thing as escapism, no?).

The one thing that swings my opinion towards the 'UGH' standpoint is that it seems to be a default way of spicing up a story. It's Shakespeare... BUT STEAMPUNK! It's D&D-style fantasy.... BUT STEAMPUNK! It's classic literature... BUT STEAMPUNK! We have a love/revenge/whatever story... but we need a way to make it more interesting... oh, I know! STEAMPUNK! I'm tired of stories where any genre aesthetic is applied with little justification, and has no bearing or improvements on the core story, or when it's the only shred of creative ability applied to a given work. In my personal experience, steampunk is just a genre where this happens a little too much.

The TLDR version: I enjoy the aesthetics of steampunk. I guess I'm just fatigued by its haphazard application to so many stories without any other artistic vision.
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:iconojhat:
OJhat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Steampunk to the maximum! there should be an episode of steampunk sometime in one of the seasons.
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:iconcaptainthomas:
CaptainThomas Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Steampunk is best punk
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AlastorNightheart Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I love steampunk :D!
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:icongoldfrenata:
GoldFrenata Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it ;w;
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:iconenergiegoat:
energiegoat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Call me a nerd or hipster but my problem is that most of the people who make steampunk stuff dont make actually steampunk things, they do clokworkpunk (no offense to the true steampunks) but the true reason i'm not a fan of steampunk, i'm more like a dieselpunk guy just like it better thats all
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:iconthelastlonewolf:
thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
never knew there were more than one kind of punk....hmmm.
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:iconseix-seix:
Seix-Seix Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Dieselpunk, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Biopunk, Nanopunk, Decopunk...


Shal I continue?
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:iconthelastlonewolf:
thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah spent an hour after finding your comment and got into detail about diesel and decopunk, Bio and nano...explain further.
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Charons-keeper Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I love it. As style and fashion goes, it contains some of the most beautiful, intriguing and inspiring elements I have ever encountered. It is, as I see it, a time of innovation and opportunity yet still filled with mysteries and "uncharted territory". A breaking point where new meets old, creation meets sturdy reliability.
Also, I have a fetish for cogwheels and clockwork:3
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:iconsillymadman:
SillyMadman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've only read Clockwork Corsette and another book whose name I remember not, but it's got me intrigued.
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:iconlurks-no-more:
Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I like it more than I dislike it, but there's a lot of lazy, by-the-numbers stuff going on nowadays. More creativity and stuff, people!
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:iconinurantchan:
Inurantchan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
have no strong opinions either way so I chose the last option.
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:icondivinitasx:
DivinitasX Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Love steampunk. :heart:
Just looking at it and how it is being made though since I am bad at crating. ^^"
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idontrunntoofast Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
what Is it exactly? from what I've seen of it It mostly consists of making new things look old. which is sort of odd and sort of cool at the same time.
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brethrenandbetrayer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
*deep breath* Steampunk is a genre of speculative retro-futuristic science fiction often set during the VIctorian Era in which the technology of the time became more advanced more quickly, leading to, among many other things: Steam-powered computers, armies of giant steam robots and fleets of Airships and Dirigibles, with their own respective sky pirates. This is one of many common interpretations and everyone has their own ideas.
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idontrunntoofast Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
! what a mouthful, Sky pirates that's interesting, reminds me of one of my childhood favorites (tailspin) so I'm assuming there's books and movies about this it seems to have a large following.
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brethrenandbetrayer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
A couple video references:
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Aspects of Steampunk are often found all over the place, in movies, games, art, etc. There's a rather nice collection of Steamified Ponies here on DA
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idontrunntoofast Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
alright I'm convinced That's pretty cool... not saying I'm going to be doing steampunk art or anything but I can see the appeal in the retro style and steam powered technology. :-) sort of makes me want to build a some sort of steam locomotive :idea:
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:iconbrethrenandbetrayer:
brethrenandbetrayer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Yeah, we all get that urge...
Someday...
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:iconraenboow:
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I had a hunch that it was exactly this. Thanks for reassuring me of my beliefs ^^
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:iconlordburn:
LordBurn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I enjoy the novels, though I've only found a couple of good ones.

Agatha H. and the Airship City by the people at girlgenius.com is darn fine and probably the best pure steampunk book I've found.

The other is The Horns of Ruin. Its more of a fantasy novel set in a steampunk city, but it handles the setting far better than most pure steampunk novels.

Check 'em out. :D
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Trapperx89 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
You forgot the "Meh" option ...
And its odd. I like Scifi, i like Medival ... i love the 1930s ... but i hate steampunk like fallout.
Starwars though ... its Spaceships with swords and i like it.
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