Steampunk is more than just a literary, musical, or movie subgenre. It is more than a fashion statement. It has meaning to many people; it is its own culture. Steampunk is a hobby, lifestyle, and philosophy that began in the 1980s and has been growing increasingly popular in the past five years. Through this culture, many people have found ways to connect with others who share their interests. But, more than that, steampunk has inspired people to become independent, crafty, and positive about life. It is a movement that will surely continue to grow.