• Richard Lutman

Categories and Subgenres of Westerns


The classic western usually features an indealistic hero who rights wrongs and seeks vengence for injustices done to the innocent. And there is always a damsel in distress, bad guys and plenty of action.

Within the two main categories of westerns, the Old West and the New West these are some of the subgenres:

Traditional Historical fiction Non-fiction Contemporary fiction Suspense/mystery/thriller​ ​Historical romance Contemporary romance Inspirational Time travel romances Spicy romances Science fiction Horror


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