If the book, movie, and other movie weren’t enough, DC Entertainment will release the graphic novel version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on Nov. 13, written by crime author Denise Mina and illustrated by Andrea Mutti and Leonardo Manco. We already gave you a super-early preview back in April, and here are a few more to tide you over until the release. First up: Check out Lisbeth Salander’s hacking skills in graphic novel form.
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Lars Kepler would be one of Sweden’s leading crime novelists, except for one little detail: he doesn’t exist. The author of popular detective novel The Hypnotist is actually two people, married couple Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, who created Kepler as a way to write together as one voice. When they decided to do a thriller, the Ahndorils looked to Sweden’s most famous mystery novelist, Stieg Larsson. “We were very inspired by him,” says Alexandra. “Sweden has a very long tradition of crime fiction, but this tradition has become a little bit tired and conformistic. Stieg Larsson changed everything. Actually he was what made us think that maybe it’s possible to do something in this genre. We thought, ‘Wow, this is a really different way: exciting, big stories, fantastic characters. We like Stieg Larsson a lot. That’s why we call ourselves Lars Kepler, because Lars is kind of an homage to Larsson.”
Kurdo Baksi, a friend of the late Stieg Larsson, has come forward with new details about the fourth book in the wildly popular Millennium series. Baksi told the Swedish newspaper the Expressen that Camilla, the estranged sister of punk techno-genius Lisbeth Salander, will play a large role in the intended fourth installment. To date, Camilla has only made a brief appearance in the second book of the series, The Girl who Played with Fire. Baksi also revealed that Larsson had plans to send Lisbeth to Greenland, although he is not sure in which remaining book in the series — Larsson had envisioned five parts — this would occur. Larsson and Baksi became close while they worked on the Swedish anti-racism magazine and foundation Expo. READ FULL STORY »
Stieg Larsson’s partner, Eva Gabrielsson, plans to finish the fourth novel in Larsson’s Millennium saga, according to The Guardian. Before his death in 2004, Larsson reportedly wrote 200 pages of a fourth installment in his best-selling mystery series, which began with the posthumously published The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although Larsson’s literary estate currently belongs to the author’s father and brother, Gabrielsson has always maintained that she should be its executor even though she and Larsson never officially married. According to The Guardian, Gabrielsson won’t complete the fourth novel until she has secured the rights to Larsson’s work, although she already knows that the book’s plotline will center around the series’ star Lisbeth Salander as she “little by little frees herself from her ghosts and her enemies.” Gabrielsson did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
I hate the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. To many, that is the equivalent of saying “I kick puppies,” or “I choke babies,” or “American Idol is the best show in the history of television.” Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s crime trilogy about crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his hacker lover/pal Lisbeth, in my view, is poorly written, ridiculously plotted, and (yawn!) incredibly tedious. (This is coming from someone who spent seven years working at Fortune magazine and has more than a passing knowledge of the financial arcaneness that dominates the end of the first book.) Today, I realized I’m not alone. A few brave resistance fighters are speaking out, most notably Joan Acocella in this week’s New Yorker, who tries to understand “Why People Love Stieg Larsson novels.”
Her best passage is below: READ FULL STORY »
Stieg Larsson considered himself a feminist, and the Millennium Trilogy reflects that philosophy: Those who perpetrate violence against women suffer severe consequences. Well, hey, that’s a message I can get behind. So why am I not pumping my fist in praise of Larsson’s pro-woman opus?
Because I have a hard time reconciling his ostensibly feminist agenda with all the male fantasy coursing through the books. Take Mikael Blomkvist, the series’ hard-charging journalist (and apparent stand-in for the author). He’s a walking aphrodisiac — a Swedish James Bond, only without the dashing hotness. Powerful women, rich women, married women, and even the fierce cyberpunk hacker genius Lisbeth Salander — they all want to bed him. Lisbeth (played by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, pictured here with her guardian played by Peter Andersson) even falls in love with him. READ FULL STORY »
Think back to the fiction you wrote when you were 17. All those awkwardly phrased sentences, those seemingly heavy themes of teenage rebellion and high-school conformity and, um, eating lunch, the thinly veiled jabs at your ex-girlfriend who left you for that jerk Todd from the lacrosse team. Would you ever like that stuff read by a large audience? Since it’s hard to give a definitive answer that question if you’re no longer alive, Stieg Larsson doesn’t really have that much of a choice. Previously unpublished manuscripts written by the author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo when he was only a wee Swede have been acquired by his country’s national library. What’s more, Magdalena Gram, Sweden’s deputy national librarian (which means when she says shhh, you listen), told Agence France-Presse that the works are “in the science-fiction genre” and were originally submitted by Larsson to a magazine called Jules Verne.
Combined with the news that David Foster Wallace’s undergraduate thesis will be published, this seems a good reminder to all of us to burn or lock away in a safe buried beneath the sea any potentially incriminating prose. You never know if or when your literary estate might find that re-telling of Of Mice and Men from the POV of the mouse that you wrote in 9th grade. What do you think, Shelf Lifers? Interested in reading these manuscripts? Any horribly embarrassing things you wrote as a kid that you want to tell us about?