The girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Amid the pandemic and the inevitable economical crisis coming up, I’m trying to abstain of shopping unnecessary things (such as books) and I continued re-reading some old faves and shall continue to do so during the rest of the year, which will probably make it my most nostalgic in literature. I will probably do this with films as well—Should I make an entry on some good old faves?—.
This time it was the turn of the Stieg Larsson’s bestseller thriller and first book in the Millennium series, The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. As a fan of thriller this a prime example of what a good thriller is when playing the whodunit game not overplaying the mistery of the story while ignoring the personal lives of the characters.
“Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.”
Just like many, I have a soft spot for the Weird Girl Troupe, feeling identified to a certain extent with Lisbeth Salander. Her side of the story is my favorite, following since her troubled beginning when we learn about her controversial past, to her showing rage defending her strong morals with her unusual methods, to the character development where she falls for the charismatic Mikael (I mean who wouldn’t) which in my opinion doesn’t betray the initial and strong personality of Salander. In both film and T.V most of the times the weird girl will have her character development by toning down her quirkiness and settling into a normal way of life, I’m looking at you Bones. But a person shouldn’t be completely normal or get married or settle into the traditional to have grown, and I’m glad Larsson respected that about Salander.