"The expanded cast of creatures looks great, dressed and animated in the homespun style Acker calls ''stitchpunk. (Fans of Acker’s original film devised the term ''steampunk'' to describe the machine-y nuts-and-bolts-and-scrap-metal aesthetic that defines the movie’s look and the characters' environment.)"Commentors, of course, have pointed out that, no, Acker's fans had little to do with the "steampunk" name, since it has been around for quite some time. I'm willing to give Schwarzbaum the doubt-benefit. We all screw up, especially when deadlines are tight. I'd like to see a correction, mind, but won't hold my breath.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum's review of 9 contains a puzzling error about 4 paragraphs in:
Still, her error leads me to think about a couple of things.
Thing one: Cherie Preist (Boneshaker, most recently) seems to be on steampunk's dirigible-filled cutting edge. She's collating a steampunk primer over at the Clockwork Century, which is devoted to information about both her books and the sub-genre at large.
Thing two: What will be the next "-punk" niche? Fuzzypunk? Filkerpunk? Olderwhiteguypunk? Or something else entirely?