Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Western, A Unique American Genre

I was thinking about genres since I have to identify one for The Laughing Ladies.  First, I thought it would be called a romance.  But, after browsing novels called romances and looking at their covers, I decided that was not where it belonged.  Then I tried historical fiction, but most books took place in the days of knighthood or involved kings and queens.  Wrong again!  That leaves calling it a western.  Once more, that didn't seem quite right.  The book has its focus on women, not men.  But it really is a Western, just one with a different slant.  It is about the taming of the West from a feminine perspective. 

I have decided:  The Laughing Ladies is a western historical romance.  If you know any others, I'd love to hear about them.     

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a good genre description to me!

    I've had the same problem with genre definition. I write a lot of comedy with horror tropes (comedies that feature vampires having a mid-life crisis, werewolves being bridezillas, things like that), and I had no idea how to classify them. Horror comedy? Ish. And then I found out other books/stories like mine are called "urban fantasy." So I guess I write a lot of urban fantasy and didn't even know it, lol.