Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Check Out the Steampunk-Insipred Game of Thrones Opening Credits

by Sara N.

I've already written many, many words about the new HBO series Game of Thrones, which has just been renewed for a second season. But one word that I would never have thought to apply to the show was steampunk. That is, until I saw the opening credits on Sunday night. If you like steampunk, you'll dig this.


So what do you think? Does it capture the spirit of the show? And where does this rank compared to your favorite opening credit sequences?
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8 comments:

  1. Mm...nah. I don't think the use of gears automatically constitutes steampunk. It is clever though.

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  2. Luna, I dunno. I've had this argument before.

    What is steampunk, really? It's generally set in the Victorian, Edwardian or Regency era, however, what the genre is based on is a subset of science fiction in which fantastical technology is powered by clockwork and/or steam. Historically, inventions employing the use of clockwork date much farther back than the Victorian era. Clockwork in Europe is traced back to the 1200s. http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?ParagraphID=fmx I think limiting steampunk to a span of less than a century does a disservice to the subgenre.

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  3. I decided that cogs powering fantastical miniature cities was steampunky enough for me. I don't think it necessarily fits the tone of the show, though. This isn't a world if inventions, devices, and cogs, you know?

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  4. I think it fits, if you consider it a metaphor for the social organization of the world: very mechanistic, everyone has a set role they're born into.

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  5. OK, I can see that argument. And things definitely break down by book four, so it shows what happens when the machine of society is destroyed.

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  6. Megan S. - I don't take issue with people writing the genre however they wish. Martin's books are definitely epic fantasy though, and all I meant by my comment was that slapping gears into a title sequence designed by HBO doesn't turn it into steampunk, any more than my car is steampunk because it also contains gears. Your mileage may vary (pun not intended!).

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  7. Oh, I wasn't at all saying that GoT is steampunk. No way! Just that the credits have that feel.

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  8. I agree that the credits are steam-punk-like. The colors, too. I think the credits are a lot of fun no matter what.

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