Lisbeth Salander is not a hero. She's not a woman we should all aspire to be, and she doesn't have superpowers -- but she is a strong character, and one worth the 158 minutes you'll spend with her if you see the highly anticipated film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
Hollywood is finally making an effort to give women and their stories the blockbuster treatment. In doing so, the film industry is hearkening back to what was once a strength of classic Hollywood: the blockbuster women's film.
Is Fincher's film better than Oplev's? Not really. It's different; it's probably as good as the Swedish version. But better? Nope, sorry.
Salander's character, and her appeal to readers, isn't about sex. It's about her resilience in the face of adversity -- significant adversity. It's about her persistent and dogged will to see justice done.
With the upcoming release of the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- starring Daniel Craig and newcomer Rooney Mara and directed by David Fincher -- this Scandinavian capital is poised to attract an even broader tourist audience.
Sometimes the best way embrace a new season is to jump right in. With that in mind, I took off the other week for Sweden where the weather hovered around a balmy 45 degrees and there was always a chance of rain.
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Is Lisbeth Salander the most fascinating female literary -- or movie -- character of all time? Certainly, Stieg Larsson's punk-hacker heroine is right up there in the pantheon.
Stieg Larsson's trilogy gives his readers a window on sadistic rape, and yet we really don't want to make the association with reality.
I think it was the right decision to cast an unknown in the role but they've put a big burden on such slight shoulders. Let's hope Mara is as resilient and fearless as the character she is about to play.
I've tried to read Stieg Larsson and never gotten very far, just like I've tried to read dozens of Scandinavian Noir mysteries and thrillers recommended to me by friends. They just haven't been my beer, as the Germans say.
I was in the middle of the second book when I realized the true genius of Larsson's vision. His real breakthrough is a veritable Final Solution for abused women.
So I didn't go to the beach this summer, but I tend to think of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as my beach read gone wrong.