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Spoiler-ish Question [Dec. 8th, 2011|05:04 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I finally sat down and read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson the other day and WOW. That is one intense and detailed book. I was quite astonished at how much happened and how well it all hung together. I also grew very fond of the characters introduced. I'm debating whether I want to see the movie. Part of me wants to see how they adapted it and part of it is terrified that they did it so well I'll have nightmares.

Anyway, I have a question about something I found somewhat incongruous.

Why did Lisbeth Salanger burn the album of notes, pictures, & passports of the victims at the end? Having it would have made it easier to find and compensate their families.

My theory is that it would reduce the urge for all concerned to go to the police, but I'm wondering if I missed something.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2011-12-08 05:03 pm (UTC)
I think her thought on the matter was that it would be better for the families to never know that their loved one suffered at the hands of these maniacs. Or maybe she wanted to deny some posthumous fame for the killers. Or something.

I had a hard time with the book, and I couldn't figure out why, but a chance encounter with this article from The F Word (found in Bitch Magazine) brought it home for me:

http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2009/09/larrson_review

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-12-09 04:30 am (UTC)
Good thoughts.

That article makes a whole pile of excellent points.

I remember thinking, at several moments in the book, that at least it wasn't as explicitly gross as Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony Zuiker (of CSI creation fame).

I think I liked it because I relate really WAY TOO MUCH with outsider, loner characters & I found Lisbeth appealing.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2011-12-09 08:59 am (UTC)
Right-o! I really enjoyed Lisbeth as a character and invested a lot in wanting her to succeed/punish the perps.
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2011-12-08 06:44 pm (UTC)
Reading the second one might help you with your query. It is also very good, but also very intense. I've yet to read the third.</p>

There have already been movies of the three books made. Do not accept the Daniel Craig re-make. Watch the originals, they're fantastic.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-12-09 04:31 am (UTC)
Hmm. Ok. It probably won't be for a while as I'm broke, but I'll keep it in mind.

Do not accept the Daniel Craig re-make.

But... but... but... it's Daniel Craig! He made Cowboys and Aliens awesome. He can do anything!
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2011-12-10 08:55 pm (UTC)
Well, the Daniel Craig one may be okay, too, but the woman they got to play Lisbeth in the original movies really had her bang-on, I think.
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2011-12-10 08:56 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the remake yet, no. And I'm not at all saying it might be a good rendition of the books. But the Swedish movies were almost perfect renditions of the books, and they've only been out since 2009, just how desperate is Hollywood to make a quick buck?
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