Today I am taking another semi- tangent, to what I see as a source of inspiration for Steampunk. And with it being Valentine's Day today, it seems appropriate. I am speaking of the Victorian era, and the popularity of Gothic Romantic fiction of the time, specifically today I am talking about Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein, Modern Prometheus. For the second time during Steam Week, we see the Mad Scientist character....the first was the scientist of Metropolis. This seems like a theme in steampunk: the rouge inventor, the mad scientist, the alchemist.
Ok, to bring in the romance element I am really talking about the film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein which was apparently somewhat true to the novel, to a point, except for the vital scenes where the film Frankenstein brings his deceased wife back to life as a second monster, so he is not alone. The original male monster thinks the doctor made the bride for him, as he had asked, and this is where everything goes to hell. This is not in the book, but makes for a great film. A very, very twisted love story. So the film is full of Victorian clothing and finery, as well as peasant and city folk clothing, and also all the science fiction monster making machinery and equipment. Lots of inspiration here.
Today, I have two songs, both fan videos set to scenes from "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein". The first is "Gravity of Love" by Enigma, with love scenes of Victor and Elizabeth (Kenneth Branaugh and Helena Bonham Carter...how can you bet better than that?)
The second song is "Bring me to Life" by Evanescence. This video is more of the making of the monster (played by Deniro!) So you can see all the cool equipment and stuff. I love the use of elecric eels for electricity, I wonder if that's in the novel. From what I read, the novel is pretty vague about the actual making of the monster. I don't know much about Evanescence, but I can tell that Amy Lee can really belt it out, vocal wise, and I love her fashion style.