Western Week

Western Week: An Introduction

Recently, when we reviewed The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, we got to talking about how much we loved westerns, and how no one really gives them any love these days.

Thus, we welcome you to The Book Smugglers’ very own Western Appreciation Week!

For the duration of the week, we will be bringing you reviews and discussions of some of our very favorite Westerns–movies, books, graphic novels, television shows, and modern applications showing that while it may not be its heyday, the western still lives on!

Starting off with an introduction to the Spaghetti Western, we’ll discuss characters such as the iconic Man With No Name, and the great Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy”–A Fistfull of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

We’ll then take a look at the presence of the Western and it’s influence on some modern writing by reviewing and examining Stephen King’s iconic Dark Tower series, starting with the gunslinger himself, Roland Deschain. Ana will review The Gunslinger, and Thea will give an overall intro to the Dark Tower series, and the Marvel comics that focus on young Roland, in The Gunslinger Born.

We’ll also give reviews for some of our favorite western classics from back in the day, with Ana sharing her love for Once Upon a Time in the West, and Thea giving it up for The Magnificent Seven.

While the Western has been brought to life on the big screen, television shows also have been a major media for gunslingers, both old and new. Ana will take us through modern shows that immortalize the western by reviewing the outstanding HBO series Deadwood, and also the space cowboy cult favorite, Firefly.

Thea will take a look at the modern western on the big screen, from remakes like 3:10 to Yuma, and also examining the influences in other movies, such as Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series, and the re-invention of the Man With No Name.

And we’ll round out the week with a focus on the iconic music from the genre, and a final poll, for our favorite Westerns of all time.

So take a seat, and we hope you enjoy the busy week ahead!

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  • Katie(babs)
    March 31, 2008 at 3:43 am

    3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale is one of the best Westerns I have seen in years. A great movie and two incredible actors and sexy men to boot.

  • Thea
    March 31, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Katie–I loved 3:10 to Yuma as well. The story was a little wonky, but the acting was superb. I mean, what else can you expect from Russell Crowe and Christian Bale?

  • Kristie (J)
    March 31, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Ooooh – Western Week – I love it! I haven’t seen 3:10 to Yuma and thanks for reminding me that I need to fix that PDQ!

    If you want some rec’s on Western Romance – I AM the girl who can give them *g*

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