Cyberpunk has influenced me a lot over the years, in entertainment, fashion and art!
A majority of the books I loved the most have been in some form or another associated with cyberpunk themes. “Arc of a scythe” by Neal Shusterman and 1984 by George Orwell are my favourites so far.
Movies such as Tank Girl, Judge Dread, and Escape from New York have influenced more than just one of my novels over the years.
Though for me I am sure it is the visual and descriptive porn that grips me the most in this genre. I am one of those weirdos that notices things in the background of a movie, the behind the character settings – looking at all the gadgets and gizmos and the wiring and so forth, trying to figure out how to describe the technology in use and often I am entranced by the neon lightings that is sometimes usual in such movies – I do like my shinies.
As a teenager I likened myself as a Goth, but I liked to be colourful and bohemian and it wasn’t until my late twenties I realised I should have been a cyber Goth.
TV shows such as The Tribe have also massively influenced a group of characters in a novel; I am working on and so have the suicide squad.
Video games seem to be the best influencer for me in this genre and various music videos. Mostly for me it is visual being translated into a written form and being influenced by the technological styles of a futuristic world and their fashions! I am not technologically smart and generally I find learning new technologies boring, but if I can find out the basic gist of gadgets and basic jargon I sail through it easily on paper.
Really readers don’t really want to understand the exacting details of how to operate the machinery (or do they?), but they do want to be enthralled about what technology can do and to have innovative ideas in written fictional form to influence massive changes in the world!
For me, cyberpunk is about a world that is relying too much on technology, whilst having a near uniformed but cool fashion sense along with it, but lo and behold it also has a near apocalyptic feel to it, because their world is crumbling down around them, they are so super sapped into technological cyberspace that they have to learn to be primitive again in order to survive – that’s the kind of cyberpunk I love!
Largely I love fashion, so any way at all to get inventive with it in text is a big thing for me, yes I do tend to be a little descriptive of what the characters are wearing, because I have the fashion bug!
I am also a huge cosplay lover, so I love the idea of inventing stuff for my characters in case the stories ever get published and popular! Because, why not?
Got to have fun right?