In my recent readings was a book that I think safely fits into Steam Punk. It was a romp that I found entertaining, and I didn’t have any problem with its technologically alt-history content. There was something that bugged me though.
On the cover, the artist had slapped goggles on the head and hat of the two central characters. Except, I’m pretty sure that at no time during the novel did the characters wear goggles. Or have a need to wear goggles. Mind you the artist also had the heroine dressed like a can-can dancer which is equally inappropriate.
Goggles are the new hooded robe; a cheap cliché to provide readers a visual cue, regardless of how irrelevant it is to the story. Blessed be the marketers?