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Western Genre Definition – What’s the best definition for western genre? Books in the western genre are made up of stories that take place in the American Old West. The stories commonly include bounty hunters, gunfighters, outlaws, cowboys, settlers, brothels, whores, card games, horses, Native Americans (Indians), Civil War elements, and saloons. The settings in the western genre are often small out of the way towns with few people on the western coast of the United States. Most are commonly set in some sort of wild, natural landscape that’s hard to survive in: cold mountains with dangerous animals or dry deserts with poisonous snakes, constant sun, and possible dehydration.

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Western Genre Definition – Examples

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Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the western fiction genre.

1. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

2. Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker

3. Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

4. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

5. Brimstone by Robert B. Parker

6. Buffalo Girls by Larry McMurtry

7. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

8. Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry

9. Flint by Louis L’Amour

10. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

11. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

13. Range War in Whiskey Hill by Charles G. West

14. Resolution by Robert B. Parker

15. Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson

16. Sin Killer by Larry McMurtry

17. Son of a Wanted Man by Louis L’Amour

18. Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry

19. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

20. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

21. The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister

22. True Grit by Charles Portis

23. Valdez Is Coming by Elmore Leonard

24. Wyoming Tough by Diana Palmer

25. Zeke and Ned by Larry McMurtry

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Western Genre Definition – Related Book Genres

* Action Adventure Genre

* Alternate History Fiction Genre

* Drama Genre Definition

* Faction Definition

* Folktale Definition

* Historical Fiction Definition

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