Unformatted text preview: Bad guys and anti-heroes wear black hats, good guys and sheriffs wear white hats, shootouts on Main Street occur with the frequency of at least one an hour — with the sun at high noon each time — and everyone drinks sarsaparilla or whiskey. The real Old West was nothing like The Theme Park Version (which was originally the creation of 19th-century "dime novels"). There weren't any huge shootouts, quickdraw duels were rare, and not exclusive to desert-like "western" areas. Plus, since many guns were very inaccurate in those days, they sometimes tended to happen in significantly closer quarters than they do in fiction. The average Western town had 1.5 murders per year, and most of those weren't done with guns. The Wild West was not so wild — it was boring, in fact. See also The Western . A popular subject of The Parody , and surprisingly popular outside America. Frequently overlaps with The Savage South ....
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- Fall '10
- Gold Rush, American Old West, Western United States, OUTLAW, Gunfighter, Theme Park Version