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18 Reasons Why We'll Miss The World Of Elmore Leonard

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | August 21, 2013 | Comments ()


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We lost an amazing storyteller yesterday. One of our finest. And because I’m first and foremost a book lover, I want to tell you to run, not walk, and pick up a stack of Leonard titles. Read them. Read every last one.
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But since this is a pop-culture site, it’s also worth honoring the ways in which Leonard left his fingerprints all over our film and television landscape. With his funny, stylish stories of the delicious and dangerous friction that occurs when good guys rub up against bad, Leonard never failed to entertain us. And just because he didn’t write every word of the famous adaptations of his novels doesn’t mean his voice can’t be heard throughout. In fact, famously, the writing staff of the FX drama “Justified” used “What Would Elmore Do?” as their unofficial motto. These were, unmistakably, his worlds. Worlds that bled together, themes that resonated. Whether we’re in the Deep South or the West Coast, the here and now or the way back when, Leonard’s heroes and villains are always, just, so cool. So though we’ve lost the storyteller, we still have the stories he told. We’ll always have them. So this is just a little reminder of what we’ve lost. We’ll not see his like again.

Fathers And Sons
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The Flashy Good Guys
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The Flashier Bad Guys
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The Crossovers
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The Crises Of Faith
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The Firearms
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The Firebrands
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The Musical Appreciation
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Or Lack Thereof
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Heart-Stopping Evil
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Insatiable Appetites
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The Shotgun Simplicity Of His Titles
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The Vulgarities
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The Unlikely Friendships
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The Unlikelier Romances
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Because Leonard Made Reading Cool
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Through His Unerring Commitment To Excellence
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He Will Be Missed
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  • dizzylucy

    I love Justified so much, I will forever be grateful to Leonard for creating that world and encouraging them to run with it.

  • tmoney

    Clooney has never been more attractive than when he was in Out of Sight. That scene (you know the one) just drips with sexual potency.

  • DarthCorleone

    Spot on the with the last image. :- (

  • Arran

    "Jackie Brown" wasn't a Leonard title. I found it oddly amusing that the copy of Rum Punch I read had "JACKIE BROWN" all over the cover, when that isn't even the name of the character in the book, let alone the name of the novel.

  • jthomas666

    Karen Sisco initiated my deep and abiding lust for Carla Gugino.

  • Ian Fay

    AFAIK, that show has never been released on DVD, which is a travesty.

    If it weren't for torrents, that is.

  • RJ

    I still have the pilot episode on my old laptop. Loved that show to bits. RIP, Dutch.

  • dilwazr

    I always thought he said "Just reading this fundamentalist shit." Huh.

    At any rate: Out of Sight. Criminally underrated. Who knew Jennifer Lopez could be so cool?

  • Slim

    It's a great movie.

  • Sometimes I like to imagine a world where Jennifer Lopez had a career trajectory branching specifically from Out of Sight.

  • emmalita

    I try to get people to watch it and they say, "how good could it be, it has Jennifer Lopez in it." And I try to convince them that there was once a possibility J.Lo. could have been a good actress. Such a good movie.

  • Maguita NYC

    Out of Sight is for Jennifer Lopez what Almost Famous was for Kate Hudson. A fluke.

  • emmalita

    I would contend that they both had the potential, but decided to take the easier, rom-comier road.

  • Maguita NYC

    You need a second good movie to back the first one up. After more than a decade, it is time to face reality: They're not that great actresses.

    Although personally and quite honestly, I don't begrudge Lopez her success. She always was honest on wanting to become a Star, and she did so on her own. Her roles and music however... meh.

  • emmalita

    Lopez was good in "Selena" and not terrible in "The Cell" But yes, it's been over a decade since she's even tried to be a good actress. When I watch Out of Sight, I get frustrated because she could have been good, but actively chose bad roles instead. This is giving the impression that I care much more than I do. Pfft to J.Lo. Out of Sight is still one of my favorite movies.

  • Maguita NYC

    It really is! That chemistry between George and her was palpable. Always remember that hotel room where each casually take their clothes off...

    Always stop and watch whenever I'm flipping through the channel and it's playing. Don't care if the movie is ending or starting.

  • Mrs. Julien

    a. I love that scene for how fun and grown up it is.
    2. Clooney always has chemistry with his romantic leads. Always.
    q. GOD DAMN! Clooney was gorgeous.
    97. I think Jennifer Lopez could have been a really good actress but she chose big fame over a respected career. She was ambitious with a capital A and a capital Mbitious.

  • Samantha Klein

    Ahhh, Russell Crowe gifs. Ben Wade is goddamn sexy bastard.

  • NateMan

    Leonard was a genius in his particular wheelhouse, and he will be sorely missed. On the other hand, he got a good long ride - to the point I wasn't even sure he was still with us before his death notice went up. I'm just glad we got him as long as we did.

  • lowercase_ryan

    We have been truly lucky to live while he was cranking out stories.

  • Sean

    There are a lot more than 18.

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