The 19th-century frontier has been a top genre for many, many years. Why? This may be because of how wild it was during that era. Plenty of authors enjoy writing about this as this tells the story of how America came to be. The display of strong, self-reliant people of the Old West. Because of the great appeal of the Old Wild West to readers, the western fiction genre formed. Novels— like Angels and Mysteries by Irv Lampman— captures the spirit of freedom, individualism, and adventure.