Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Allure of Cowboys and Lawmen

Welcome to the Cowboys and Lawmen Blog Hop! The hop starts May 2nd and runs through May 6th. During these four days 49 authors will be telling you about why they enjoy reading and writing about those sexy fellas in the white hats.

Not only are there going to be some great blogs on the hop but for every post you comment on with your email address, you will be entered for some amazing prizes.
Grand Prize: A $100 Gift Card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble, your choice. The winner will be chosen at random from comments containing email addresses, and will be announced on May 7. This is open to both US and international readers.

Okay now for the whole reason we’re here… those cowboys and lawmen. Exactly what is their allure?

Most of these characters are very grounded and down to earth. They don’t expect something outrageous or want things they believe out of their reach. They can be very layered and complicated characters, yet still have a connection and respect for the simple things in life.

Something all these white hat heroes seem to have in common is a code. The code maybe different for each man but they have a code of honor they live by. That code is almost unbreakable in their minds. Every part of their lives is to the fullest and sometimes hardest weather it’s catching the bad guy or winning the heart of their gal.

Most decisions are clear-cut black and white, no doubts. When doubt begins to cloud that into a gray area is when our heroes can get conflicted. Sometimes it’s necessary to step over that line, and they may do so but still try to uphold as much of their personal code as they can.

Even when their society throws every obstacle, it can in their way. Some of my favorite lawmen with a strict
personal code are Seth Bullock from Deadwood, Raylan Givens from Elmore Leonard’s books and the television show Justified, Walt Longmire from the Craig Johnson books as well as the series of the same name, Augustus McCrae and Woodrow McCall of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove series, and John Russell from Elmore Leonard’s Hombre.

Those men and the strength of their character to sacrifice if need be to uphold their honor and life code are heroes to look up to and swoon a bit after too. 

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Anonymous said...

I love Deadwood! It was such a great show. I'm so sad they cancelled it

Angela Drake said...

Love Raylan Givens for a modern day Marshall. Great blog!


bn100 said...

Agree about Raylan. Thanks for participating

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Jean MP said...

I have recently discovered Walt Longmire, great character, have enjoyed watching the series on A & E.
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Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I absolutely love Raylan Givens for a modern day Marshall! Justified is a fantastic show!

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Janice Hougland said...

Glad to meet you to on this blog, Elise! And I agree with you about the nature of cowboys/lawmen that is so alluring to so many (especially me who has always been a western romance/movie/TV show junkie). The simple life. A simple, but steadfast code. Few words but lots of action. No grays. Sacrifice if necessary. Justice. The American Way. It is what we wish we still had. All the turmoils and tribulations and violence and hatreds we have today I think are because the simple path has been obscured by greed, laziness, and deceit. Give me a story of the Old West anytime for my escape, my staycations, rest and relaxations. I sleep better with those stories.

Tera Shanley - Writer said...

I think you nailed the biggest allure of cowboys with 'the code.' watching or reading about their process of making decisions based on their moral values is something that is so attractive and fun to follow. You find yourself rooting for them to make the right decisions (even though you know they will in the end). The show Justified seems like a big theme on this hop! I'm going to have to start watching it :)


Tamara Hoffa said...

Great post!

Sherry said...

I enjoyed your post.
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CBarton said...

I love a cowboy because they are sexy doing just what they do...ride a horse, rope and work hard.


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your blog today!

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Shadow said...

I love cowboys! There attitude, the caring side, there manners and sweetness. I love how they are towards there animals. Definitely a way to my heart! Thank for sharing and being apart of this awesome hop!

JOYE said...

I have enjoyed watching Longmire based on Craig Johnson's books. I also like Justified.
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JackieW said...

Justified has great characters....a must see program for those of us who like the West.