I ran across a fun video from three authors talking about things you won’t find in a contemporary western romance. Melissa Tagg, Victoria Bylin (who will be a guest blogger on August 4th!), and Becky Wade had this list:
- Shotgun weddings
- Arbuckles coffee
- Primitive diseases (the plague, scarlet fever, smallpox)
- Telegraphs and lost letters
- Covered Wagons
- Mail-Order Brides
I question them on #10 because this still happens, but the brides are from other countries rather than from the east and communication goes by email. I also thought of a few other things for their list…bonnets and ten-gallon hats, animal clothing such as mink or fox coats, button-up shoes, mercantiles, ice-boxes.
Since I write historical westerns, I decided to make my own list. This is what I came up with…the first was a biggie because so very many of our modern conveniences stem from it.
Things you won’t find in a historical western:
- Anything electronic — Cell phones, televisions, texting, computers, refrigerators, automatic dishwashers, air-conditioning.
- Modern transportation — Automobiles, airplanes, jets, space stations, rockets.
- Modern medicine.
So, what has stood the test of time and is still seen in both types of stories?
- Cowboy boots and Stetsons
- Bucking broncos and bulls
- The cowboy code
- Manners among our heroes
- Guns & rifles
- Land wars, although these have morphed from sheep vs cattle and farmers vs ranchers to land developers’ vs small towns but they are still definitely land wars.)
Can you think of other differences between then and now?
Or things that have stayed the same?
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And for your viewing pleasure ~ here’s the video.
(It’s cute! I think you will enjoy it.)