Breaking Down The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [Infographic]

Posted by Patrick Brown on December 20, 2011


For a book originally titled Men Who Hate Women, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has more than its share of female fans. In concert with this week's movie release, we decided to break down the demographic stats for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to see what men and women thought of the book. After all, questions remain whether the film adaption -- directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara -- will attract those legions of female fans that many say are responsible for the book's enormous sales figures.

Interestingly, while the word cloud demonstrates that men seem to focus more on the names in the book (notice how much larger 'Blomkvist,' 'Salander,' and even 'Larsson' appear on the male side), women were much more likely to mention 'Daniel Craig' or 'Rooney Mara,' suggesting that perhaps women are more eager for the adaptation than men.

Will you be heading to the theater during the holidays?

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message 1: by Reazi (new)

Reazi when it's out in theathers(in my country) hell yes.


message 2: by Ana (new)

Ana Mardoll No. I heart the original movie adaptations and the trailers for the American remake looked bland in comparison. I like my Lisbeth as played by Noomi Rapace just fine. :)


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I am surprised "Rape" is not visible in either tag cloud.


message 4: by Anthony (new)

Anthony I think this kind of stats is very interesting! Goodreads should share the this kind of information for many more books!


message 5: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Brown Amy wrote: "I am surprised "Rape" is not visible in either tag cloud."

I was curious about that, Amy, and I ran numbers and it is mentioned in quite a few reviews (though I guess not enough to make it into the cloud). It was mentioned in about the same number of reviews by men and women, for what it's worth.


message 6: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Nope, read and loved the books. Saw all three Swedish movies and found the cast and adaptation to be wonderful. I cannot even imagine an American version -- we don't have the same cultural attitudes as the Swedes and our interpretation of things like Blomquist's relationship with his boss and her relationship with her husband, the sexual behavior of Salander, the landscape and psychological make-up of the characters are all too different for us to treat with any kind of understanding. I think they will be trivialized or sensationalized or treated with lurid voyeuristic attitudes. So nope, keep Craig as 007 and let the Swedes take care of interpreting Swedes for the rest of the world.


message 7: by Amy (new)

Amy I'll see the movie because I'm interested in how the American version will represent the books. I watched all 3 of the Swedish movies and loved Noomi Rapace. Without having seen the movie, I agree with much of Katherine's comment. We'll see how I feel afterwards.


message 8: by Dee (new)

Dee love this post...wish we could see this with other popular books

I'm looking forward to seeing the american version, I've read the books, but had a hard time wiht the swedish movies because I can't do subtitles and watch at the same time - my brain just doesn't handle it well...I ended up watching the same scene several times...and the dubbing just didn't jive for me


message 9: by Douglas (new)

Douglas Brown I thought it was a pretty good adaptation of the book. My wife didn't know what it was about and I think was a little shocked by the rape scene. Though I gave her a quick rundown of it, I don't think she expected it to be that graphic.


message 10: by Sammieb (new)

Sammieb Does anyone know what classical music Daniel was listening to on his I-pod during the rape scene?


message 11: by Nadia (new)

Nadia haha I'm guilty of mentioning Rooney Mara!


message 13: by Tattoo (new)

Tattoo Arts good book. thanks tattoo tips


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