All of this talk about steampunk around here lately got me thinking about my fascination with history. Â It’s one of my favorite subjects to study and read about. Â I’m unable to resist pondering the lives of people in other times. Â What was it like to wear their clothes? Â Use their bathrooms? Â Eat their food? Â Clean their houses? Â Show me a passage that describes daily life in another time and I will read it voraciously.
I love historical fiction for that reason. Â Books like the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon that are so impeccably researched are my kind of thing. Â Gabaldon is so great at building up the world around her characters so you feel you are roughing it in 18th century Scotland and America right along side them.
That rich world building laced with history is part of what makes steampunk so appealing to me. Â Yet the fantasy lover in me can also get on board with the anachronism of the futuristic gadgetry. Â Combining the two sort of creates the perfect existence – the advantages of technology and the formal etiquette of days gone by.
I certainly have my moments when I wish I could be living in another time. Â Who is the comedian who joked that nobody ever pictures themselves as a serf or a slave? Â It was a really funny bit I remember watching where they talked about how when we think of reincarnation and being in another time it’s always as a queen or lord or some other high-ranking society member, despite the odds being against that situation. Â Quite funny, and I’m as guilty of it as the next person.
If I could live in any other time, it would be 17th century France. Â I have some serious love for the Sun King, Louis XIV. Â Seeing Versailles was a high point of my honeymoon. Imagining the palace filled with servants and courtiers, looking through windows as thousands of others had done for centuries…chills. Â Nothing makes me swoon more.
What time and place do you fantasize about the most? Â What era do you envy?