The Virginian by Owen Wister

As a post-apocalyptic writer, I read an abundance of survival fiction. Like many like-minded readers, post-apocalyptic has become known as the modern day westerns like The Virginian by Owen Wister.

I read across many genres, but mostly modern bestsellers. It’s refreshing to delve into the older classics and rediscover something I’ve missed in the past. That’s the case with The Virginian. A friend recommended the piece to me and I loved the lengthy novel.

Owen Wister aptly captured the old west and traditions of the early 1900’s. It’s amazing to see the differences between human nature of those that lived then and even more surprising to notice the similarities today. Women are still doing their best to prove they’re more than just wives. Men are perhaps less hardened than they were in those days.

And yet, the criminal aspect of human nature certainly exists in the same form only this author caught even the minute malicious tendencies of manipulation between his pages. The subtleties of attitude which can change a man and wreak havoc on society then is also performed so today, but with social media tools, they exist even greater. For there are Trampasses in abundance today.

So after I finished the novel, I discovered that not only is there a film made, there are many. The first one was made in 1929, and so far the latest one was completed in 2014. I intend to start with the earliest and watch my way through; I expect the earlier films will be of the best quality and stick closest to the storyline.

So if you need a break from your current reading genre and want something different to help cleanse your palette, I’d suggest The Virginian. It’s a classic that appeals today as much as it did over a hundred years ago.