If it is set in the past, it's historical fiction, if it's in the present it's contemporary fiction, and if it's in the future it's either science fiction or speculative fiction.
Having said that, there are examples of the Western genre that are set in the future - Arthur C. Clarke's Deep Range, and the TV show Firefly spring to mind, not to mention Westworld, the film...
What constitutes a 'Western' though? American Civil War novels written in the same period are classed as historical fiction.
The only one I've read is Conagher by Louis L'Amour (for research purposes, as I have a lot of desert in my WIP). It's said he's the master, but found it extremely cliched ( a drifter, a man's man who's uncomfortable around women, especially those who are a mite pretty). Maybe that's more a function of how old the book is; it's probaly consistent with the Western movies of the time.
Hmm... You started me thinking, has anyone ever written a Detective Western hybrid?SF westerns is one of those many *******/hybrid genres. Like my fav type SF hybrid is SF/ hardboiled Crime ala Richard Morgan and co.
Hmm... You started me thinking, has anyone ever written a Detective Western hybrid?
Or, does anything with a Bounty Hunter in it automatically fit that bill? There is certainly a mystery to be solved in A Few Dollars More.
What about a Fantasy Western hybrid? The Wild, Wild West would fit that (TV series, not the awful film.)
And I expect that Brokeback Mountainis a Romantic Western?
What was the mystery (other than who was going to draw first)?Or, does anything with a Bounty Hunter in it automatically fit that bill? There is certainly a mystery to be solved in A Few Dollars More.
What about a Fantasy Western hybrid?
I've always considered that Stephen King's mighty The Dark Tower to be basically a Western - perhaps not in the details, but certainly in the overall feel of the series. Gods, the first part's even got a Western title - The Gunslinger...
I have always wanted to read a Western novel, I like the movies and my favourites being 3:10 to Yuma and True Grit (2010). Can we class westerns as historical? Any recommendations?
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