Originally Posted by jazzbass
Have you read the two novels about Raylan or the novella Fire In the Hole the pilot is based on? I just finished reading them and I don't really find that the tone matches the books. I realize they are not following any of the plot lines or stories in the books, but maybe they should have.
I have, indeed, read them. I think the show captures the tone of Leonard's work in that even the bad guys, although they certainly are bad, are also charming and amazingly articulate, despite the horrifying things they often do. I've lost count of how many of those we have seen this season, the dentist on the run being only the most recent example. Are you sure you aren't confusing the plots of the stories, which are largely different in this show, with the bulk of the characters, who certainly are not? Even Leonard's good guys are not that good, think The Hot Kid, Carl Webster; the show's version of Raylan fits that profile.