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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
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May 31, 2012

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Like the first installation, the Daniel Craig movie will be much better than the Larsson book. This happened:

"... As to alcohol, he was only ever seriously intoxicated at private dinners or parties. In a bar he would seldom have more than one large, strong beer. He also liked to drink medium-strong beer. His drinks cabinet at home had vodka and a few bottles of single malt scotch, all presents. It was absurd how rarely he indulged in them."

He also has the main character go to IKEA and spends a page and a half listing everything she buys by model.

Compare (unfavorably) to the scene at the beginning of American Psycho where Patrick Bateman lists off the brands involved in his morning beauty routine. That was psychedeli; this is just lazy.

The author also pats himself on the back for two paragraphs for bandaging a wound with duct tape.

There's a completely pointless side story about Fermat's Last Theorum that gets left in a ditch by the side of the road about 100 pages in.

The screenwriters have the luxury to cut out all this filler and just keep the action sex mystery intact.

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