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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Movie

Is the Millennium Trilogy the Next Twilight?

You've probably seen the Millennium Trilogy in bookstores, our must-read list, or the number-one slot on the New York Times bestseller list, but did you know it has a rabid following in Europe rivaling Twilight? And now the movies are coming.


The thrillers, which feature a disgraced journalist and a 22-year-old woman who grew up with an ex-Soviet spy for a father, were originally written in Swedish, but have been translated into 37 languages. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (though its exact Swedish-to-English translation is "men who hate women") film is being released in the US tomorrow, but it's in Swedish.

Will Americans squint for its subtitles? Maybe. Maybe not. But Hollywood doesn't care; its English version is already in the works.

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jadenirvana jadenirvana 5 years
I'm with Bella (Sugar, not Swan;) In fact I think it's very interesting that you make the Twilight comparison because these are two franchises that have made significant success off storylines that involve gruesome, horrible violence against women. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo featured sick sadism against women, as does the Twilight series with Bella getting her skull smashed in in her old ballet studio in the finale of the first book, or later the girl who gets her face scarred when her werewolf boyfriend attacks her. I admit I skipped work (tee hee) to finish the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but my final thought was "Wow, this would have been a fantastic book without all that grizzly stuff" and I feel the same about the Twilight Series. I think it's incredibly interesting that the original title of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book is "Men Who Hate Women" because that's exactly what it is. When did Chick Lit transform into Men Who Rape and Mutilate Chick Lit, and why are we all supporting it?
reesiecup reesiecup 5 years
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Bethania Bethania 5 years
Yeah way different to twilight. And what's with Hollywood remaking it already? Americans go see films with subtitles, jeez!
Bethania Bethania 5 years
Yeah way different to twilight.And what's with Hollywood remaking it already? Americans go see films with subtitles, jeez!
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 5 years
was gonna say...comparing it to twilight is misleading, as the themes are way more mature than what your average, slobbering 13 year old can handle.
Mädchen Mädchen 5 years
Pistil, don't worry, I haven't actually read the books, but I've seen the first film (my parents loved the books and got the DVD when it came out over here) and it's nothing like Twilight.@ BellaSugarI did like the film, but yes, it was pretty hard to stomach at times.
Mädchen Mädchen 5 years
Pistil, don't worry, I haven't actually read the books, but I've seen the first film (my parents loved the books and got the DVD when it came out over here) and it's nothing like Twilight. @ BellaSugar I did like the film, but yes, it was pretty hard to stomach at times.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
I really disliked TGWTDT and its gleeful descriptions of mutilating, raping, and torturing women. Yes, it was being done in a "that's horrible!" way, but it felt gratuitous. Not my cuppa.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 5 years
"Is the Millennium Trilogy the Next Twilight?" No, because it's actually GOOD. I've read the whole trilogy and it blew me out of the water.
rach716 rach716 5 years
I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a couple days ago -- it took me a little to get into it but then I was completely hooked & couldn't put it down. I just started The Girl Who Played with Fire yesterday & so far it's fantastic!! I don't think the movies will be as good as the books as with everything else but I would probably see them. It'll be interesting to see who they cast for the roles & how it compares to what I envisioned while reading.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I haven't read the book. I have heard about it being a good read, however comparing it to Twilight doesn't exactly pique my interest. I agree Kea, it seems like so many books today are written with the intent of being turned into movies. The writing is either poor, or in terms of books that are well written, the translation into film doesn't do the book any favors. That's what screenplays are for.I'm also not usually a fan of foreign films being remade. I'd rather read subtitles.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I haven't read the book. I have heard about it being a good read, however comparing it to Twilight doesn't exactly pique my interest. I agree Kea, it seems like so many books today are written with the intent of being turned into movies. The writing is either poor, or in terms of books that are well written, the translation into film doesn't do the book any favors. That's what screenplays are for. I'm also not usually a fan of foreign films being remade. I'd rather read subtitles.
kea718 kea718 5 years
This book always caught my eye in the bookstore, but I never checked it out (only the back cover). I guess I should try it. I wouldn't see the movie. I'm so sick and tired of books being made in to movies. I mean Twilight, fine... it's a horribly written book series (I admit I've read them all more than once... that doesn't make it well written... just addictive), but why does EVERYTHING have to be a movie. I think it makes ppl less inclined to pick up a book and read
cotedazur cotedazur 5 years
I read the whole trilogy last year - the books are absolutely amazing. They're extraordinarily well written (unlike Twilight!), and the story line really keeps you on the edge of your seat. When I finished the third book I felt like I'd lost a friend. There's some pretty mature subject matter, but it's handled in a rather matter-of-fact, journalistic fashion that keeps it from being offensive.I've only seen the first movie (I think all three are out in Sweden), and it was well done but a bit of a letdown after the books. I was disappointed in all the actors they chose, except the girl who played Lisbeth Salander (who was fantastic!).In any case -- read the books!! I don't know a single person who's read them that didn't love them.
cotedazur cotedazur 5 years
I read the whole trilogy last year - the books are absolutely amazing. They're extraordinarily well written (unlike Twilight!), and the story line really keeps you on the edge of your seat. When I finished the third book I felt like I'd lost a friend. There's some pretty mature subject matter, but it's handled in a rather matter-of-fact, journalistic fashion that keeps it from being offensive. I've only seen the first movie (I think all three are out in Sweden), and it was well done but a bit of a letdown after the books. I was disappointed in all the actors they chose, except the girl who played Lisbeth Salander (who was fantastic!). In any case -- read the books!! I don't know a single person who's read them that didn't love them.
carrie7 carrie7 5 years
Except it is much superior to the Twilight movies, which are light hearted fun films.I personally don't have a problem with reading a subtitled film, and think that you are missing out on lots of amazing films if you haven't. & I think an English version won't be as good, the Swedish version is excellently carried out
carrie7 carrie7 5 years
Except it is much superior to the Twilight movies, which are light hearted fun films. I personally don't have a problem with reading a subtitled film, and think that you are missing out on lots of amazing films if you haven't. & I think an English version won't be as good, the Swedish version is excellently carried out
reesiecup reesiecup 5 years
I've heard good things about the books. I may have to start reading them before watching the movies
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