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Nov 19, 2014 07:02PM

49772 Mary wrote: "Wow, Elizabeth! I just finished Gingerbread House yesterday! I loved it! One of those books that you just wanted to finish in one sitting. In fact, I ordered the second book in the series, The Ci..."

Yay! Thanks for this! I've been on a bit of a Scandi crime hiatus, but now that the snow is in full effect, I'm ready for more.
Dec 03, 2013 06:58AM

49772 Sarah wrote: "Just about to start on Arnaldur Indriðason's Strange Shores: Strange Shores I'm filled with hope and expectation..."

What did you think of it? Now that winter has set in, I'm back on the Scandicrime. Indridason is one of my favorites!
Feb 08, 2012 02:34PM

49772 Where are y'all seeing that Nick Nolte is playing Harry?

I'm sort of confused about the anti-Scorcese sentiments. Taxi Driver! Goodfellas! You know, I even liked Gangs of New York a lot! Also, Nesbo sold the rights to the movie on the condition that he could pick the director, and Scorcese was his first choice.

NB Goodfellas is one of my favorite movies.
Feb 07, 2012 04:11PM

49772 Hah! I must be the only one who is genuinely looking forward to the movie. But, I think movies are their own thing and the book is merely a plot outline (which may not be ideal, but so it goes).

For me, The Snowman was the most movie-friendly out of all the Harry Hole books. The ending! So dramatic! Just like a Die Hard movie (I kid! I kid!) And I think a creepy snowman packs the most visual punch to transfer to a film.
Jan 17, 2012 08:35AM

49772 I know I am very late to the game, but I read the first 2 books in this series in a few days, they were so great. I absolutely love Kari Vaara's character. He's a grump, but he's not self destructive, which is refreshing for me. I've also never read any novels set in Finland before, so it was great to get stuck in and explore a new place and its people through a book. I'm really excited for Helsinki White!
Jan 08, 2012 09:02PM

49772 I think I would definitely read about a "lovable loser" if the character were female. Why should men have the monopoly in the crime world of being messed up?

For me, I like when I can see characteristics in a protagonist that I can relate to. I'm not sure what that says about me, given the topic, but I like characters with relatable problems.
Jan 01, 2012 10:52AM

49772 For me, the question is which one would you rather hang out with? I'll pass on the untreated alcoholic, if I'm honest, even though we'd probably have fun. I would rather hang out with Erlendur, because I like a good grump who enjoys sheep byproducts.
49772 Kenneth wrote: "Well I think I'm going to be a good American and go and see what they've done to the movie. It's been all over the place even on Goodreads as a advertisement."

Kenneth, did you see it? I saw it yesterday. My thought are still sort of jumbled, but overall, I liked it.

For me, I have to separate the film from the book. In all honesty, as a film lover, I wish I hadn't read the books first so I could have enjoyed the movie as its own thing. However, I spent so much time analyzing what was going on (not to mention worrying for the cat), to see if it matched up with the book, that I feel it took away from my overall viewing experience.

It's a hard one: beloved books into movies. What should stay the same? What doesn't translate from the book to film, and vice versa? I really liked the Hitchcock-like drama built up around the knife at Vanger's house. I don't really remember that being a huge element in the book.

Going with someone who hadn't read the books, he reviewed the film as "Really entertaining, but it really dragged ass at the end."

I completely loved James Blond as Blomkvist. A)I think he was really good in this and B), I did not mind one bit looking at him for 2 1/2 hours.
Nov 18, 2011 01:07PM

49772 Ian wrote: "Great that we all have different opinions. I find DDL an enigma. Great in some roles but completely OTT in others when he appears to be given licence to overract like GONY and that one where he dis..."

I thought "There Will Be Blood" was fantastic! To be fair, I really just love him to bits.
Nov 18, 2011 10:14AM

49772 See, I thought Gang of New York was pretty underrated, to be honest. Daniel Day-Lewis was outstanding. I also really liked "The Departed." My over-zealous father-in-law stood up and proclaimed, "Scorcese's best film yet!" at the end of it. In the theater. Yeah. Embarrassment all around. While I didn't quite agree, I thought it was a pretty great film. But, to be fair, nothing can really live up to "Goodfellas." I did like the similar red themes in GOFNY, even if Donovan's "Atlantis" wasn't playing in the background.
Nov 18, 2011 07:06AM

49772 Saw this this morning on Facebook (no direct link, so I'll copy and paste):

Amazing news just in! Martin Scorsese is set to direct the film of Jo Nesbo’s bestselling novel The Snowman. Many production companies had approached the author about the film rights, but he wanted to wait for his favourite director. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title films will produce, with Jo Nesbo and his agent Niclas Salomonsson as executive producers. Michael Carnahan will write the screenplay!

And here it is on his website:

49772 Hah! Joey in Friends is a perfect comparison!
49772 James wrote: "Women constantly want to sleep with him and he just sort of shrugs his shoulders and says, "well, ok then, if you really want to." Especially since every other aspect of his life is fiery passion. Pretty silly."

^^This! To have all these women falling at your feet! Let's just say, this sort of thing does not happen in my circles. That said, my circles are not glamorous or really exciting. In a sense, this makes a Bond Daniel Craig the perfect actor for the part. I guess what I'm trying to say is the whole premise is bordering on ridiculous, so I don't care if James Blond takes the roll. Also, eye candy sells.
49772 I just watched it too! I agree with you, Cateline. It skipped a lot. It was beautifully filmed, but it left so much out.

I've been thinking a lot about film remakes, thanks to this thread. I think the adaptations that tend to be truest to the novel are usually the miniseries, in my book (pun!). The most recent Pride and Prejudice was beautifully filmed (with a hunky Mr. D'Arcy, which doesn't hurt, I'm not gonna lie), but it was a mess, story-wise. That said, I still enjoyed it, like I enjoyed the new Jane Eyre. I think, in film format, you have to take it with a grain of salt. There's no possible way they can fit the entire novel into a 2 hour film. The best P&P, I think, was the miniseries with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. Another example would be Brideshead Revisted with Jeremy Irons. Fantastic! The last movie, however, was absolute garbage. They cut so much, that they gave a confused and misguided message of what the book was actually about.

I think, what I've concluded, is that a film adaptation is its own beast. If it stays true to the story, all the better. If not, it better entertain me to no end.

Speaking of which, remakes of remakes, like Footloose! Unless the remake brings something new and awesome to the table, why bother? Case in point: True Grit. I absolutely loved the Coen brothers version.

Also, "Based on the novel by X" should be "Loosely based on the novel".
49772 James wrote: "My two cents. I've never heard anyone say the Millenium Trilogy was well written, yet it sold a gazillion copies. I don't find find Salander a believable character. A pint-sized Superwoman. But here's the rub. She's been brutalized as a child and an adult. She's emotionally damaged beyond words. Her appearance is diminutive and child-like. Everything about her screams victim. But she overcomes all. She finds a way to live life on her own terms and refuses to be a victim. When others try to victimize her, she punishes them in the most vicious ways. The kinds of punishments people dream about when figures in their own lives mistreat them. It sends the message that no matter how cruelly life treats you, you can overcome it and survive, even thrive. I think it's that message that made the series a success. "

I totally agree with this. I think they had a hard time casting the roll of Lisbeth Salander accurately because I reckon there are very few actual women in real life who look exactly as she was described in the book.

Another thing that kind of sticks in my craw is Blomkvist's ability to jump into bed with most of the women in the books. While I'm not judging (to each his own), I think it says a lot about what was going on in Larsson' head, than anything else.

That said, being works of fiction, I flew through the books, because they were endlessly entertaining. If Salander and Blomkvist were written as normals, steeped in reality, instead of Ms. Ninja Pixie Genius and Mr. Lefty Sexy Man, the characters probably would have a bit more depth and believablity, but the books probably wouldn't have sold as well as they did. Do I know any Pixie hacker ninjas? No. Do I know any lefty, middle aged lotharios? No (although there are some who wish they were). And there we have our work of fiction!
49772 Dave wrote: Using the "Sex sells" ideology to promote a movie based on a book about violence towards women? Portraying Lisbeth as an evil sex kitten and Blomkvist as her what? protective guardian?
controlling male figure? and then the tag line "EVIL SHALL WITH EVIL BE EXPELLED" was Lisbeth evil? "

I think this is where my problem with the whole series lies, though. It was a series about violence against women, but Lisbeth Salander was so painfully fetishized, in my opinion. She was the quirky, brilliant, yet safe Manic Pixie Dreamgirl for Blomkvist, and I just find that type of character annoying, as it does nothing to promote the advancement of how women are perceived. I don't think I'm explaining this as articulately as I'd like, but I just get annoyed with the contradictions.

ETA - I'm ranting a little bit. There's probably some underlying psychology that I would like to understand, but I see her in the same like at the "brilliant, quirky and safe" goth on one of those CSI shows that my uncles all love.

ETA, again: Yeah, I think that poster is messed up.
49772 I'm going to be honest, I thought the Swedish films were a mess, story-wise. I had fun watching them, but oh boy, they were crazy. Also, the special effects were pretty weak. My husband (who hasn't read the books, and is a pretty smart dude) couldn't follow them at all. Granted, it must be hard to fit 700 page books into 2 hour formats, but they left so much out, that I thought it really screwed up the plot.

I'm looking forward to the new film! I have a soft spot for James Blond (Daniel Craig) and come on! David Fincher directed "Fight Club"! He also directed "The Social Network" which I thought was excellent. Trent Reznor did the music for that, and will be doing it for this remake too. I'm excited. I think it will be entertaining.

I think this is where you can get into the epic debate of artistic license for entertainment's sake vs. following the book religiously. Let me just say, I don't want to see a cat get skinned in the movie. And, I love interestingly shot films, and probably won't be too bummed if Fincher takes a few liberties.
Aug 05, 2011 05:25PM

49772 Hi Folks! This is an impromptu addition to the group read-along schedule. Let's get to reading some more Martin Beck! This reading period is pretty long, so hopefully you'll have time to request it from your library, etc. I'll probably start this tomorrow or Sunday.
Aug 03, 2011 05:43PM

49772 I really liked Voices. It was kind of ridonk. I mean, the absurdity of it all made me laugh a lot. But it was still great.
Aug 03, 2011 09:17AM

49772 I second Jar City! In fact, I love Arnaldur Indridason to bits!
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