Re: glorifying violence (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Elmore Leonard)

From: Patrick King (
Date: 22 Jul 2008

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    --- On Mon, 7/21/08, <> wrote:

    > > Obvious clarification: I don't like Tarantino
    > generally, but I did
    > > like Jackie Brown. As pointed out, it is a fairly
    > straight movie of
    > > the novel, which I had liked when it came out. They
    > seem to have
    > > changed the novel's title to Jackie Brown, too. No
    > more Rum Punch, alas.
    > >
    > It's decent, but even it is a bit violent - the
    > Deniro-Fonda final scene...


    Personally, I find that relationship between Louis and Eye Candy to be one of the funniest in literature. Their sudden end and Ordell's restrained indignation is hilarious and very true to life. It's writing like this that makes me love Elmore Leonard. It point up the stupidity of the types of people who are drawn to criminal activity and the vicarious thrill of watching the type of sequence go down that you hear about later on America's Most Wanted. In the AMW version, of course, Eye Candy Melonie would be "a talented singer and actress struggling to make it a tough tough business."

    Without the violence, there would be no story.

    Patrick King


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