Books: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Author: Steig Larson
Recommend: I really enjoyed this series but it definitely had a slow start.
I guess 4th time’s the charm? I have started this series three other times and every time I would give up about fifty pages in. I just couldn’t get into it no matter how hard I tried. Then I watch the movies and decided to give the books one more try. Normally I would read the book before I watched the movie but with these books it allowed me to get into the story.
This series tells the story of Lizbeth Salander, an unconventional tech genius who is contracted to work a case that quickly becomes very complicated. The rabbit hole that she goes down with Mikael Blomkvist uncovers more than they could ever have counted on.
The Swedish version of the movies are very close to the books. They do leave out some of the background, some of the graphic material, and I feel that Lizbeth is less relatable on film than she is on the page but other than that, the movies are a well-done retelling of the books. I feel like the Hollywood version skips too much and leaves out too much in comparison.
Once I got through the first eighty pages or so, I couldn’t put them down. I read all three books in two days. Definitely worth the time and energy. I will say there are some very difficult scenes to read including very graphic rape scenes, so if this is an issue for you, please read with caution or skip this series.