The main view of Diesel I have always seen is the Gothesqe city style. This leaves me questioning; Are there any Country Diesel followers out there? I think that would be pretty cool, flannel shirts, tanned leather hats, boomsticks, dynamite, boots, the good ole boys. Any country boy Diesel out there?
You could say that I have a bit of a country approach to Diesel, largely because when I think of Dieselpunk, I think of the big Gothesque type cities as only one part of it. What really attracts me to it is not the adventures that take place there, but the stuff that happens at the fringes of both society and the law. Though to be fair, I'm an irredeemable city slicker in real life.
I know I do sometimes.
-laugh- I actually LIVED the country Diesel lifestyle for about a week and a half last winter. THAT is one hell of a story
But in other terms, I agree. Much of DP seems to be focused on the big city, narrow streets of it all. I myself live in the country (Alfheim I like to say), near big ancient brass mill factories, and train stations. But very much the adventures that many diesel stories have, do have some great country settings. The Rocketeer is one of my favorites, always flying above an airfield out in the country.
I think country often gets left behind in most -punk genres, and that's really for shame, as so much beauty is out here to behold, uncluttered with the industrial-tastic cityscapes.
It comes up on occasion. The Great Depression and Okie/Hobo/Dust Bowl aestetic has been a small but noteworthy aspect of DP. I've gone "rural" a few times in the Cabaret (including a stop in some middle-of-nowhere redneck Nevada town called "Las Vegas"). Larry's a major proponent of Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? as a quinessential DP movie. About a year back we had a regular poster that favored a dirty, rural farmer look. While not as popular as the Urban or Military or Pin-Up looks it's had its appearances and has its place.
That's crazy, I was thinking of this exact same thing last week. I looked around the internet for some examples and didn't find much.
I'll set some examples of it soon O'Brien . Seems like a neglected side to Diesel.
I'm pretty much an irredeemable city slicker, but I'd definitely be interested in seeing more of a smalltown, rural vibe in Dieselpunk. It'd be an interesting take on it. :3
I thought that HBO's Carnivale (2003-2005) did a lovely job of this aesthetic.
I also think that Angle Heart (1987) worked this territory well.
Any work that appeals to the Robert Johnson mythos is also viable.
Just my three cents!
Somehow I missed this post. It's an excellent subject because I find it important to remind Dieselpunks that there was a whole world outside the big cities during the Diesel Era just as today.
I think the before mentioned Oh Brother Where Art Thou and Carnivale are indeed excellent examples of Southern or Rural Dieselpunk. I wonder sometimes if one could include the 1967 "Bonnie and Clyde" as a Dieselpunk movie, with its portrayal of the infamous duo. The movie Priest in the look of the way of life in the free towns outside the Church controlled City reminded me of the rural area during the Diesel Era.
While not Dieselpunk but more Diesel Era period you could include the recent movie Lawless.
If you want to hear Rural or Southern Dieselpunk music you could listen to Western Swing or Bluegrass, both of which originated in the Diesel Era.
Yeah I'm more of this country type for sure. My writing involves more of the industrial and working-class side. At least that's what comes easier to me. In my sequel it's going to delve even more into that side of things. I've heard of a Tractorpunk label, but I think that has more to do with soviet-type stuff than America-centric dieselpunk.
Tractorpunk definitely interests me and I don't think it makes sense that a novel must only be one or the other. Maybe it's easier for my stuff because it's secondary world fantasy, but for me the appeal of dieselpunk didn't come from urban life specifically.