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->''Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.''
->-- Elmore Leonard's Rule #10 of writing

'''Elmore Leonard''' (b. 1925) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He started as a writer of westerns, but switched to whodunits and modern pulp fiction, where he has gotten the most acclaim. Several of his novels have been adapted to screen, both big and small, and he has also written a few screenplays. His career has spanned six decades and is still going strong.

He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes Creator/RaymondChandler look clumsy."

Also worth checking out by author wannabes is his [[http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/arts/writers-writing-easy-adverbs-exclamation-points-especially-hooptedoodle.html Ten Rules of Writing]]. To sum up briefly: knock it off with the PurpleProse.
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!!Some of his better-known novels:
* ''Three-Ten to Yuma'' (short story, 1953): adapted for the big screen in 1957 [[ThreeTenToYuma and 2007]]
* ''Last Stand at Saber River'' (1959): on the small screen in 1997 starring Tom Selleck
* ''Hombre'' (1961): big screen in 1967, starring Paul Newman
* ''The Big Bounce'': written in 1969, adapted for the big screen that same year before the novel was released, then re-adapted for the big screen in 2004.
* ''The Moonshine War'' (1969): big screen in 1970
* ''Valdez is Coming'' (1970): big screen in 1971
* ''Mr. Majestyk'' (1974): big screen the same year, starring Charles Bronson
* ''52 Pick-Up'' (1974): big screen in 1986
* ''Unknown Man No. 89'' (1977)
* ''City Primeval'' (1980)
* ''La Brava'' (1983): won an Edgar Award
* ''Get Shorty'' (1990): [[GetShorty big screen in 1995]]
* ''Maximum Bob'' (1991): made into a short-lived 1998 TV series
* ''Rum Punch'' (1992): [[JackieBrown big screen in 1997]]
* ''Out of Sight'' (1996): [[OutOfSight big screen in 1998]]
* ''Be Cool'' (1999): big screen in 2005
* ''Fire in the Hole'' (2001): made into 2010 TV series ''{{Series/Justified}}''
* ''Tishomingo Blues'' (2002): Leonard's favorite of his own work
* ''The Hot Kid'' (2005)
* ''Road Dogs'' (2009)
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!!He also wrote some screenplays that were not based on one of his novels:
* ''Joe Kidd'' (1972), starring ClintEastwood
* ''Stick'' (1985), directed by and starring Burt Reynolds
* ''The Rosary Murders'' (1987), starring Donald Sutherland and an uncredited [[TheWhiteStripes Jack White]] (as an [[PlayingAgainstType altar boy]]!)
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!!Tropes featured in his work:
* ActionGirl: Elmore features strong, independent, and sometimes ''very violent'' leading ladies. Karen Sisco is perhaps his best-known heroine.
* AffablyEvil
* AntiHero
* AntiVillain
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* CasualDangerDialog: Good examples abound in his fiction.
* ChekhovsGun: Best example -- the ice-cream cone in ''The Hot Kid''.
* ContinuityNod: While not especially known for recurring "series characters," readers will often encounter recurring characters. Often a minor character from an earlier novel will be a main character in a later book, or vice versa. One can make a game out of tracking Elmore Leonard's minor characters from work to work:
** ''Road Dogs'' unites characters from ''Out of Sight'', ''La Brava'', and 1995's ''Riding the Rap''.
** Jack Foley in ''Out Of Sight'' and ''Road Dogs'' novels gets hit with hard time thanks to the judge from ''Maximum Bob''.
** Ray Nicolette pops up in both ''Rum Punch'' and ''Out of Sight''. When MichaelKeaton played Ray in JackieBrown (retitled from ''Rum Punch'') he also cameoed as the character later when ''Out of Sight'' got made into a film.
** U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, currently appearing on TV's ''Series/{{Justified}}'', was the lead character in ''Pronto'' and ''Riding the Rap'' before being reassigned to Kentucky in the short story "Fire in the Hole," on which the series is technically based.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}: Elmore obviously loves his adopted hometown.
* HangingJudge: Maximum Bob
* HelloAttorney: Several examples, most notably Carolyn Wilder in ''City Primeval''.
* KudzuPlot: The beauty of Leonard's prose is that it tends to un-complicate complicated plots. (Check out ''La Brava''.)
* OnlyInFlorida: While UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} gets a lot of love, Elmore also sets a lot of action in Florida.
* ThePlan: He's got a funny way of making them ''seem'' pretty simple.
* PurpleProse: Averted. Definitely not BeigeProse, though.
* SaidBookism: Averted. One of Leonard's "Ten Rules" advises against this.
* ''{{Sequel}}'': ''GetShorty'' is one of the few of his novels to receive the full sequel treatment, with ''BeCool''.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Mr. Lovejoy" from ''Get Shorty''. "It will be my ''Driving Miss Daisy''".
* ASimplePlan: In ''Swag'' and ''Rum Punch'', it goes predictably awry.
* USMarshal: Several recurring characters, including Raylan Givens, Karen Sisco, and her father, Marshall Sisco (retired, and yes, he was "Marshal Marshall Sisco.")
* WildWest
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->''Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.''
->-- Elmore Leonard's Rule #10 of writing

'''Elmore Leonard''' (b. 1925) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He started as a writer of westerns, but switched to whodunits and modern pulp fiction, where he has gotten the most acclaim. Several of his novels have been adapted to screen, both big and small, and he has also written a few screenplays. His career has spanned six decades and is still going strong.

He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes Creator/RaymondChandler look clumsy."

Also worth checking out by author wannabes is his [[http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/arts/writers-writing-easy-adverbs-exclamation-points-especially-hooptedoodle.html Ten Rules of Writing]]. To sum up briefly: knock it off with the PurpleProse.
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!!Some of his better-known novels:
* ''Three-Ten to Yuma'' (short story, 1953): adapted for the big screen in 1957 [[ThreeTenToYuma and 2007]]
* ''Last Stand at Saber River'' (1959): on the small screen in 1997 starring Tom Selleck
* ''Hombre'' (1961): big screen in 1967, starring Paul Newman
* ''The Big Bounce'': written in 1969, adapted for the big screen that same year before the novel was released, then re-adapted for the big screen in 2004.
* ''The Moonshine War'' (1969): big screen in 1970
* ''Valdez is Coming'' (1970): big screen in 1971
* ''Mr. Majestyk'' (1974): big screen the same year, starring Charles Bronson
* ''52 Pick-Up'' (1974): big screen in 1986
* ''Unknown Man No. 89'' (1977)
* ''City Primeval'' (1980)
* ''La Brava'' (1983): won an Edgar Award
* ''Get Shorty'' (1990): [[GetShorty big screen in 1995]]
* ''Maximum Bob'' (1991): made into a short-lived 1998 TV series
* ''Rum Punch'' (1992): [[JackieBrown big screen in 1997]]
* ''Out of Sight'' (1996): [[OutOfSight big screen in 1998]]
* ''Be Cool'' (1999): big screen in 2005
* ''Fire in the Hole'' (2001): made into 2010 TV series ''{{Series/Justified}}''
* ''Tishomingo Blues'' (2002): Leonard's favorite of his own work
* ''The Hot Kid'' (2005)
* ''Road Dogs'' (2009)
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!!He also wrote some screenplays that were not based on one of his novels:
* ''Joe Kidd'' (1972), starring ClintEastwood
* ''Stick'' (1985), directed by and starring Burt Reynolds
* ''The Rosary Murders'' (1987), starring Donald Sutherland and an uncredited [[TheWhiteStripes Jack White]] (as an [[PlayingAgainstType altar boy]]!)
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!!Tropes featured in his work:
* ActionGirl: Elmore features strong, independent, and sometimes ''very violent'' leading ladies. Karen Sisco is perhaps his best-known heroine.
* AffablyEvil
* AntiHero
* AntiVillain
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* CasualDangerDialog: Good examples abound in his fiction.
* ChekhovsGun: Best example -- the ice-cream cone in ''The Hot Kid''.
* ContinuityNod: While not especially known for recurring "series characters," readers will often encounter recurring characters. Often a minor character from an earlier novel will be a main character in a later book, or vice versa. One can make a game out of tracking Elmore Leonard's minor characters from work to work:
** ''Road Dogs'' unites characters from ''Out of Sight'', ''La Brava'', and 1995's ''Riding the Rap''.
** Jack Foley in ''Out Of Sight'' and ''Road Dogs'' novels gets hit with hard time thanks to the judge from ''Maximum Bob''.
** Ray Nicolette pops up in both ''Rum Punch'' and ''Out of Sight''. When MichaelKeaton played Ray in JackieBrown (retitled from ''Rum Punch'') he also cameoed as the character later when ''Out of Sight'' got made into a film.
** U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, currently appearing on TV's ''Series/{{Justified}}'', was the lead character in ''Pronto'' and ''Riding the Rap'' before being reassigned to Kentucky in the short story "Fire in the Hole," on which the series is technically based.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}: Elmore obviously loves his adopted hometown.
* HangingJudge: Maximum Bob
* HelloAttorney: Several examples, most notably Carolyn Wilder in ''City Primeval''.
* KudzuPlot: The beauty of Leonard's prose is that it tends to un-complicate complicated plots. (Check out ''La Brava''.)
* OnlyInFlorida: While UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} gets a lot of love, Elmore also sets a lot of action in Florida.
* ThePlan: He's got a funny way of making them ''seem'' pretty simple.
* PurpleProse: Averted. Definitely not BeigeProse, though.
* SaidBookism: Averted. One of Leonard's "Ten Rules" advises against this.
* ''{{Sequel}}'': ''GetShorty'' is one of the few of his novels to receive the full sequel treatment, with ''BeCool''.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Mr. Lovejoy" from ''Get Shorty''. "It will be my ''Driving Miss Daisy''".
* ASimplePlan: In ''Swag'' and ''Rum Punch'', it goes predictably awry.
* USMarshal: Several recurring characters, including Raylan Givens, Karen Sisco, and her father, Marshall Sisco (retired, and yes, he was "Marshal Marshall Sisco.")
* WildWest
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18th Apr '13 9:28:11 AM Eegah
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'''Elmore Leonard''' (b. 1925) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He started as a writer of westerns, but switched to whodunits and modern pulp fiction, where he has gotten the most acclaim. Several of his novels have been adapted to screen, both big and small, and he has also written a few screenplays.

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'''Elmore Leonard''' (b. 1925) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He started as a writer of westerns, but switched to whodunits and modern pulp fiction, where he has gotten the most acclaim. Several of his novels have been adapted to screen, both big and small, and he has also written a few screenplays.
screenplays. His career has spanned six decades and is still going strong.
23rd Feb '13 8:19:52 AM Nohbody
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* ''The Big Bounce'': written in 1969, adapted for the big screen that same year before the novel was released, then re-adapted for the big screen in 2004. Neither movie did the book much justice. Has a character named [[TomClancy Jack Ryan]].

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* ''The Big Bounce'': written in 1969, adapted for the big screen that same year before the novel was released, then re-adapted for the big screen in 2004. Neither movie did the book much justice. Has a character named [[TomClancy Jack Ryan]].
12th Jan '13 3:54:36 PM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}: Elmore obviously loves his adopted hometown.



* OnlyInFlorida: While [[MotorCity Detroit]] gets a lot of love, Elmore also sets a lot of action in Florida.
* MotorCity: Elmore obviously loves his adopted home town.

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* OnlyInFlorida: While [[MotorCity Detroit]] UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} gets a lot of love, Elmore also sets a lot of action in Florida.
* MotorCity: Elmore obviously loves his adopted home town.
Florida.
12th Jan '13 3:52:50 PM nombretomado
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He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of * UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes Creator/RaymondChandler look clumsy."

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He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of * UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes Creator/RaymondChandler look clumsy."
12th Jan '13 3:51:19 PM nombretomado
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He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of [[MotorCity Detroit]]" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes Creator/RaymondChandler look clumsy."

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He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of [[MotorCity Detroit]]" * UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes Creator/RaymondChandler look clumsy."
13th Oct '12 8:25:25 PM Aiguille
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13th Oct '12 8:24:45 PM Aiguille
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** U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, currently appearing on TV's ''{{Justified}}'', was the lead character in ''Pronto'' and ''Riding the Rap'' before being reassigned to Kentucky in the short story "Fire in the Hole," on which the series is technically based.

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** U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, currently appearing on TV's ''{{Justified}}'', ''Series/{{Justified}}'', was the lead character in ''Pronto'' and ''Riding the Rap'' before being reassigned to Kentucky in the short story "Fire in the Hole," on which the series is technically based.
6th Jul '12 1:28:57 AM PaulA
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He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of [[MotorCity Detroit]]" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes RaymondChandler look clumsy."

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He's known as "The [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] of [[MotorCity Detroit]]" for his catchy, intimate descriptions of the people of that city (he lives in the Detroit suburbs). Author wannabes should definitely read up on him. His prose style and ear for dialogue are worth checking out for inspiration. Kingsley Amis once told him, "Your prose makes RaymondChandler Creator/RaymondChandler look clumsy."
7th Jun '12 2:43:09 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThePlan: He's got a funny way of making them ''seem'' pretty simple.



* XanatosGambit: He's got a funny way of making them ''seem'' pretty simple.
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