Sunday, October 7, 2012
With this in mind, I suppose its time trot out the well-worn trope of “Has Steampunk ‘Jumped the Shark‘”. As I haven’t run a poll question in quite a while regarding perceptions on this topic, so I’ll do so now… has it been over exposed in the general media? I realize most involved in the genre are not concerned about the perceptions of those seeking to make a quick dollar (e.g. using it for a television episode, or as a passing curiosity), which is quite fine, but as one who enjoys reading Kondratiev wave theories (even for topics beyond macroeconomic theory), I do wonder where the genre might stand in regards to it. I’ve been prattling on a bit, so allow me to continue to the simple questions:
Has Steampunk “Jumped the Shark” (has it reached its peak of popularity)?
No = well, no, it has further growth and potentially even more adherents in the future
Yes = the genre’s popularity has peaked, and it has begun a downhill slide
Not quite sure = not quite sure if it has peaked or not
How long would you speculate Steampunk, as a genre, will continue to exist?
A few more years = it may be headed towards a decline
It will be around for at least a decade = self explanatory
It has established itself as a solid genre = again self explanatory
I’ll certainly be looking forward to the outcome of the poll, which I shall keep open until the end of the month!