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January 2017: Foreign Literature > The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson- 4 Stars

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message 1: by Joi (new) - rated it 4 stars

Joi (missjoious) | 3812 comments This book was a bit of a down-then up for me. The first 10 chapters (around 200 pages) albeit important backstory- I found extremely boring and dull. Once the mystery and the action started around the 11th chapter, I was hooked. The pace picked up, I cared about all the characters, and I wanted to know more about what happened to Harriet, what will happen to Lisbeth, and how Mikael will uncover and deal with everything.

The problem with reading a book about 8 years too late is there are so many preconceived notions. I do wish they kept the original title of "Men who hate woman" because I feel it portrays and warns the reader much better than "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I was disappointing because I thought this was mainly going to be about the girl-Lisbeth, and ended up being much more about Mikael. I cared much more about Lisbeth than I do about Mikael, and wanted more of this to be about her. I think my other judgments going into the book actually helped me to enjoy it. I heard how misogynistic this is, I heard how torture porn-y it was, I heard that it gets a little bible-y. This helped me be prepared for all these things, and I was able to enjoy the entire novel more since all I was already expecting the "bad stuff". And frankly, I thought the "bad stuff" was going to be much worse than it was, leaving me pleasantly satisfied with it.

The ending was great, love the climax scene. However after the mystery was solved everything seemed hurried and rushed. Throughout the whole book I found that there were many "explaining scenes"- where characters summarized what happens in the last chapter in case you missed it. I found these actually really helpful at the end, because there was so much going on it was hard to keep up. I'll definitely be continuing the series.

I actually watched the movie (American one with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara) last night, the same day I finished the book. With the exception of Mikael-none of the characters seemed like or looked like how I portrayed them in my mind. They changed a ton of stuff, and it was often confusing. I felt like I only understood what was going on because I had read the book. I enjoyed the movie but boo hiss I wanted it to be more like the book!


message 2: by annapi (last edited Jan 21, 2017 02:19PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

annapi | 4985 comments Lisbeth is more involved in the next books. Also, you should watch the Swedish movie - I thought it was excellent, though I can't compare as I haven't yet seen the American one. I felt the same way as you about the beginning of the book - when I recommend this to people (I gave it 5 stars), I always warn them that they have to slog through the first 150 or so pages before the action starts.


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