Why I Write Westerns : Richard Lapidus Books

Why I Write Westerns

by Richard Lapidus on 02/12/15

In the 1950s and 60s when I grew up, there was no internet. We only had t.v. But it was black and white, and there were no remote controls. We had to get up and manually change the channels, of which there were only a handful, as there was also no cable or satelite. 


In those days we watched westerns. There were dozens of them, and I loved them all. And most homes only had one t.v. set, so the family had to agree on what programs to watch. Many times that meant deciding on which western to watch as networks competed for market share with westerns against westerns. As this was many years before VCRs, CD players, DVRs, etc., the programming decisions were final.


Ultimately the choice of western didn't matter. They were all fun to watch, even though the forces of good always triumphed over the evil rustlers, robbers or murderers.


And that's why many of us who grew up in a city instead of in a small town or on a ranch love to write westerns today. Westerns are branded in our consciousness.

Comments (2)

1. Rory said on 2/12/15 - 01:37PM
Other then Deadwood I cant think of a modern western TV show. There was a show called firefly that was half western and half sci fi it was great but lasted only one season and a film. Now we have tons of lame reality shows that dominate our tv airwaves the way westerns did back when they inspired you. So what will inspire this generation of tv viewers? Hopefully they have been watching shows like Breaking Bad and some other quality programs, or the future writers that are going to be influenced by tv are going to be just horrible.
2. W.J. Elvin said on 10/12/15 - 06:17AM
What I remember is the orange glow of the dial of a an elegant wood-fronted radio half the size of a regrigerator. That marvelous machine returned us to "those thrilling days of yesteryear," creating images in the mind's eye that no comic book or tv show ever matched. Radio was good training for the writer's imagination.


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