Read A Western; Cowboys Need Love Too
You may have noticed that the poll is still up on the side for favourite genre. I’ve been pondering on what to do about it. You see – while I answered everything, if I hadn’t included that answer, then I would have answered Westerns – the lowest vote getter. And I knew something had to be done about that situation!
So with that thought in mind you are about to witness my newest project. Because the Western is dear to my heart, I enlisted the help of two other well known bloggers who happen to share my love of the Western. Who, you may ask? Well none other then two former roomies – Sybil of The Good, The Band and the Unread and Wendy, Super Librarian. I started out asking them if they could recommend five of their favourite Westerns and not only did they agree, but they jumped on board like you wouldn’t believe. We are a sisterhood in our love of a good Western. Since they love and miss this genre as much as I do, it became a real group effort and they are joining on their respective blogs and it’s turned into a week-long collaboration for all of us. And not only that, you can see that Sandy M designed this real nifty Icon for us. Stay tuned for how to earn one yourselves! All three of us want to see the Western make a comeback - back to the glory days. And we need other readers help too!!
Thus what started as an idea, became
This is a week long 'encouragement' on why we love this genre, with news, features and what sets them apart, why readers need to give one a try if they haven’t, books we recommend, authors we enjoy and just all kinds of neat stuff. You need to visit The Misadventures of SuperLibraian and The Good, The Bad and the Unread.
Day 1 – Why do we love Westerns?
This isn’t the first time I’ve tackled this subject and as long as the Western is the poor stepchild, I doubt it will be the last. I did a post back in April of 06. But there are so many more bloggers now and I’m hoping to raise up some interest in this genre that needs it. Now while I love a good historical set in
First off, I’ll start with why a Western. I’ve always been more a fan of “blue collar” type heroes then the “white collar” type. I just love a hero who works with his hands and isn’t afraid to work up a bit of sweat now and then. I love a hero who is willing to labour for everything he has rather then just inheriting it. And no one works harder then many a Western hero, whether it’s being a marshal, a cowboy, a gambler, a gunslinger or even a reformed outlaw.
And a Western heroine is one I can identify with so much easier. I don't know if it's my age or 'cause I'm more average myself, but while the girly girl in me likes reading about all the fabulous balls and dresses and things in Historicals set in Europe, I very much the 'realness' of the conflicts a Western heroine goes through.
Another feature the Western has going for it is you won’t find one of those annoying fake rakes in a Western. I find the heroes in just about every Western as real as it gets, again because they are ‘real’. They don’t play games. They are what they are, whatever their profession is.
And while I’ve read a few with Pinkerton agents, they don’t have the overabundance of spies that get old that many English Historicals have.
One of the reasons I’ve seen given for not trying Westerns is readers don’t find the setting attractive. I think differently. I find it very attractive to read a book based on our own history. OK – so maybe I’m making myself an honourary American for this one, but what can be better then reading about a setting that’s exciting and lawless and new. An English Historical can’t offer readers that. And if you like a bit of down and dirty, well the Western has that too!
Another feature I find more often in a Western is the heroine saving the hero. Think about it; a bounty hunter, wounded, needing care makes it to the steps of the heroine who has control of life or death over the hero – yummers! Now that, I find sexy.
And there is none of the class distinctions that can get tiresome in English Historicals. It doesn’t matter where they started in life, it’s a more level playing field in a Western. We aren’t pulled out of a story because the heroine is acting too friendly with the ‘staff’. We aren’t pulled out wondering where is the end of all the too handsome dukes and earls and viscounts. I know myself that there simply couldn’t have been the abundance of them that fill up the pages of English historicals.
And be sure to check in all week with all of us. We have something different each day lined up for this Western Drive. And something special for the final round-up!!