Hi my name is Chantel and I have taken over granddad's blog for today.
I am 16 and I have a problem.
A lot of people say that kids like me are always on their mobile phones or playing on our computers or watching tv or dvds. Yes, we do those things and I go to chat sites just like others. We are teenagers. It is what we do.
Some of us read as well. I do. And I have read westerns.
I have read the things that people say in blogs and chat boards about young people. You can't get us to be interested in things if people put us into boxes and say something different. The message just defeats itself.
My granddad has a bookcase full of westerns and I borrow one now and again. How many people say that they write or read westerns because their dads did?
I read an Edge book once. It was violent and it was gory. There was a bit where a man got shot by a shotgun and what he had for breakfast fell out. Disgusting. But you know what I learned?what guns and knives can do to a person. I am so anti-knife and anti-gun today.
But in westerns it is what life was like.
And westerns are not just a man thing. That is so sexist. I'm sure I'm not the only girl who reads them. And there are women western writers.
Today I am taking a western to school. It deals with child abuse and what it can do to people. It is something that we can relate to. It's called The Devil's Rider.
Thank you for reading this.