I watched the one they did for The Searchers
The romance genre stereotyped POC for decades.
I've always argued that "all art is propaganda, whether conscious or not," and I've yet to see anything in the world to dissuade me from that. Everything from a comic strip to an opera conveys some message about the world in which it was created and the personal perspective of the person who created it. And isn't that the whole point of "art?"
I think Fading's point about being an adult able to function without being triggered all the time by words is a valid one -- after all, I'm the one who got called the "c-word" to my face right here on the Lounge once, and let's just say it wasn't the first time in my life -- but I think when an author is writing for publication, in a work which will be sold to the public for money, it's understandable that editors are going to want to be very careful about anything that might compromise the salability of the work. That's not particularly pleasant from a creative/artistic point of view, but it's the commercial reality of the way in which art is brought before the public. I don't think Norman Mailer particularly enjoyed using the word "fug," "to fug," "motherfugger," etc. but when he signed his publication contract, that choice was no longer his. And if you want to reach a mass market with your work that's the game you have to play.
most of whom were people who'd come to see "A John Wayne Movie," with all that that implies as popular culture, many of them left with a deeply shaken look on their faces. "I didn't remember it was like that," said one elderly gentleman.
I think you can track the present view of Westerns to the TV-show Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s.
I get the sense, just from the way these shows are packaged and promoted by the channels -- "See The Good Guys At Sunrise!" -- that they're being consumed primarily as Boomer nostalgia more than for the more sophisticated qualities their writers may have chosen to sneak into them.
I think this is a big part of the reason the TV Western genre died off by the mid-70s. The kids who grew up on them moved on from them with a "put away childish things" attitude and didn't see any reason to look back until, as it will often do as we sense the approach of the grave, nostalgia beckoned. But they're still so tied in with those feelings of childhood nostalgia that it's now hard for them to see these shows -- and westerns in general -- as anything else.
if I were in charge of Mr. Wayne's estate and trying to market his films and memorabilia today, I'd see this as a real problem.
I think you can track the present view of Westerns to the TV-show Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these shows were very well done and contained adult themes and elements that went right over the heads of most of the kids who watched them -- all most of those kids saw were horses, guns, cowboys, and Indians. .
I would love to self-publish my Dragnet stories, but due to copyright issues, I cannot do so. I have also written three Dragnet 1967 stories, which can also be found at the links above.
So, you didn't like my story? I would have to change quite a bit because people would recognize Dragnet right away. I know someone who self-published her police drama stories and the main characters are name Jim and Pete. It screams Adam-12. I've thought about changing the names and tactics and perhaps one day I will, but for now, I will leave them as my Dragnet stories.Seriously, why don't you change the names, alter anything that relates to the series directly and publish them as originals? Create your own series with enough differences to skirt any issues. You've done the hard work already. There's nothing unique about Dragnet ... that was kind of it's charm. It was the most basic of police procedurals.
So, you didn't like my story? I would have to change quite a bit because people would recognize Dragnet right away. I know someone who self-published her police drama stories and the main characters are name Jim and Pete. It screams Adam-12. I've thought about changing the names and tactics and perhaps one day I will, but for now, I will leave them as my Dragnet stories.
They have very much the same relationship as the Sergio Leone movies do to Hollywood westerns. Mad. Operatic.