Welcome to Day 3 of the A to Z Blog Challenge and a topic related to the letter…
Today’s #AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Cowboys
“A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks.” Wikipedia Definition
You would not think that from this simple description of a Cowboy that an entire genre would be build, but it has. This genre is known as American Westerns.
As mentioned in the article, The Cowboy In Literature, the cowboy as a hero “…was in part made possible by Wister’s The Virginian, which set the stage for an insurgence of western literature and the creation of the American Cowboy not only as a hero, but as a icon as well.”
There is also an entire sub-genre of Romance Novels that feature Cowboys. As mentioned in a 2011 Time.com article, “Cowboys have been a perennial part of romance, in terms of romantic archetypes,” says Sarah Wendell, Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels. “One of the reasons they’re a mainstay is because there is an inherent nobility in the idea of being a cowboy. England has dukes and earls and various forms of nobility; the United States has cowboys.”
Some of the films and tv shows that feature cowboys are…
Bonanza, which has an awesome theme song that immediately brings to mind cowboys riding horses
So who are your favorite cowboy characters and stories?