The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo



As part of my New Year Aims I have vowed to read all the books on my bookshelf that I have either not read or started. First up - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I found it hard to get into the book at first. I started it on holiday in October but then failed to pick it up again once I got home. But I decided to start again at Christmas and within two weeks it was finished.

On the book itself, the story was dark and twisted and portrayed a dysfunctional family desperately trying to cover up their dark pasts. I loved the character of Lisbeth Salander even if she was unbelievably unorthodox. She is strong, yet fragile. She is alternative and doesn't fit in with the norm yet she is brilliant and respected.

I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment in the series which is sitting in our front room but for now I have another 21 books to get through.



On the back of finishing the book, Andy and I watched the original Swedish version of the film on Saturday.

Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist play both lead characters fantastically however sadly the film deviates from the book too much for me and therefore a lot of the brilliance of the book is lost. Don't get me wrong, it's still good and still follows the basic plot line but too much is missing and too much is also added that for me disrupted the plot and made it harder to believe they came to the conclusion they did.

It's a shame and I expected the Swedish version to be truer to the book. I have heard that the American version which came out a few weeks ago actually follows the plot line of the book better than the Swedish version. I'll have to see it to believe it.

Comments

  1. Spot on Carys! I found it hard going at first but a real page-turner after about half way. I'm also planning on reading the rest of the trilogy. Haven't seen any of the films yet but will probably avoid the Swedish one now.

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  2. I'm going to be reading this over the weekend so will let you know what I think. Shame about the film, it's annoying when extra stuff gets added to a film that was never in the book!

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