Prior to diving into Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, I was unwaveringly opposed to even attempting to read a series. I’ve always been under the impression that to keep myself reading, I needed to vary genre, author, and overall mood from book to book. I can’t allow myself to get bored or tired with what I’m reading or else I will lose my steam, put books down for a breather, and it might be months before I indulge myself in my self-proclaimed favorite hobby once more.
At some point last spring, however, my friend recommended the Larsson novels to me. There was the additional buzz of the best seller lists and book clubs, so I decided to give it a try. Worst case scenario, I didn’t like it, right? Well, I was immediately sucked in. Larsson’s writing style keeps you engaged; he manages to keep things mysterious without wandering down the path of cheesiness. I also felt like he was able to portray a female character without making me feel alienated or creeped out (as I feel every single time I attempt a Nicholas Sparks novel). Lisbeth Salander instantly became one of my all-time favorite fictional characters.
Needless to say, I tore through all three books in rapid succession. If I took a break in between any of them, it was very brief and not filled in with any other novel to serve as a buffer. Once all three novels were completed, I watched the films, thoroughly enjoying how true to the novels they were. Now, I’m equally as excited to see the American versions. I am counting down the days until the December release, fully anticipating to fall in love with the “feel bad movie of the Christmas season”.
Thanks to the fact that I gave this series a try, I have subsequently found myself enjoying OTHER series and not growing tired or bored of characters and similar writing styles. In a way, it’s almost comforting to know that you don’t ONLY have these 250-something pages with character(s) that you’re growing fond of.
It might also be important to note here (though maybe not really) – I love other David Fincher films, Trent Reznor, and have a weak spot for Daniel Craig that spawned from his portrayal of Ted Hughes in Sylvia.
And now, the David Fincher version of the movie trailer, just to get you pumped: