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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Book Series & Movie

There has been a lot of hype about Steig Larsson’s book series this summer and I agree that it is well deserved. It’s been a long time since any popular fiction has so thoroughly held me enthralled both with story line and characters.

I picked up a free copy of USA Today™ with my Chick-fil-A™ breakfast this morning and was pleased when I found an interesting write up about the books and the planned Hollywood remake of the movie. That being said I also recently watched the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and I think true fans would appreciate watching the grittier Swedish oriented film before the folks in Hollywood present us with their shiny glitterized version.

As the article states, most Americans visualize lovely blonde Abba-type people when they picture Swedes, but the book and especially the Swedish version of the movie depict a much grittier population. I highly recommend the books. They’re well crafted with interestingly intertwined storylines and characters and they’re sexy enough to keep even the most ADD reader from putting it down.

If you decide to watch the Swedish version of the movie, I’d suggest reading the first two books beforehand. There are a lot of relationships which are merely hinted at in the movie which are more illustrated in the books. Also since you’re going to have to read English subtitles throughout the whole thing, you’re going to want to know what’s going on ahead of time so you don’t become hopelessly lost.

I’m currently reading the third Larsson book and am sorry he died before he could finish his proposed ten book series – not only because I’d really like to have followed his characters Salander & Blomkvist as they battled evil-doers and personal attacks through ten books but because he never got to enjoy the extraordinary success his works have become.

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