Today, I finally finished Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. It consisted of three novels: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. All three novels (read in that order) revolve around Lisbeth Salander, a Swedish girl in her twenties that’s on the outside of society, is extremely fearless, has a photographic memory, and has exceptional computer hacking and problem solving skills. Without a doubt, one of the coolest literary characters to come around in some time that has piqued my interest.
The trilogy is named after the fictional magazine in the story, Millennium, in which, Mikael Blomkvist works as an investigative journalist. All three novels take place in Sweden, which makes a lot of the towns and some of the character names hard to pronounce. Stieg Larsson was supposedly going to make the series a ten book installment, but was only able to publish three of the books before his untimely death in 2004.
The 2011 US version of the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the main reason why I wanted to start the trilogy. There were characters in the movie that required further investigation and more explanation as to their background stories and how it is they got involved in the main story. In Sweden, all three movie versions of the trilogy have already been released. Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, 2012) portrays the character of Lisbeth Salander and does it well, but whenever I was reading the novels, I kept picturing Rooney Mara as Lisbeth, and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist. Simply put: they were the first versions of the characters that I associated with the story.
All three novels had a different kind of pace throughout the story, with the second one being the most fast paced (and probably my favorite). The first novel was a little slow at the beginning, but finally managed to pick up after a few chapters. The last novel drudged on a little bit with the back story of Zalachenko and the trial, but managed to pick up towards the end.
If you’ve seen the US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and definitely felt like it was a good movie, then I would highly recommend taking the time to read The Millennium Trilogy. US movie versions of the remaining two novels will more than likely follow, however, release dates have yet to be announced.