Jun 18, 2009
Sub-genre Declaration: Theopunk!
Over at Omnivoracious, China Mieville is guest-blogging about new literaty movements in the vein of Steampunk or the New Weird. My personal favorite is Noird, which could apply to Mieville's The City and The City which I reviewed earlier this week. Giving some serious thought to the discussion, I've noticed a sub-genre without a name for a while now.
I've realized that there seems to be a prevalence of theology related books that don't quite fit into the traditional Epic Fantasy/Fantasy genres/subgenres. They aren’t straightforward fantasy since they are often set in the real world and use real theologies. Most aren’t going to be unobjectionable enough to get shelved in the Religious Fiction section either. And they sure as hell (or heaven) aren’t regular fiction.
I’d classify these books as “Theopunk”
Theopunk: A subgenre of fantasy literature primarily dealing with existing theology or theological beings/elements typically in the context of struggle against oppression/authority.
Notable Works of Theopunk
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Vellum/Ink by Hal Duncan
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
God's Demon by William Barlowe
Preacher (Graphic Novels) by Garth Ennis
Marginal Theopunk Works
Sandman (Graphic Novels) by Neil Gaiman
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
Anyone else have examples of Theopunk that I might not have read or be aware of?
Or what's your new sub-genre?
Posted by Patrick at 6/18/2009 05:00:00 PM