Saturday, March 05, 2011

What is a Western?

When I was growing up, the corner book exchange depending heavily on two genres: romance and westerns. I read a lot of both.  To be honest, I probably read at least two westerns for each romance. And it seems to me that the genres have a lot in common in providing emotionally satisfying, often escapist reading.

Over the years romance has gone from strength to strength.  Westerns, however, are nowhere near as mainstream as they used to be. So I was rather surprised to see the western shelves at my local Borders have expanded considerably.

But wait a minute, what is this?

I don't know a lot about guns but that doesn't look like a 'How the West was Won' sort of firearm. Indeed, this is a post-apocalyptic adventure series with lots of guns and big man heroes.  You know, boy-mance.  Rather than calling it all Western, maybe we need a proper name for this?

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