Last year I posted this and asked my reader friends what you thought of the Millennium Trilogy. After reading what people thought I promptly decided the books weren’t for me. Everyone said the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was horribly horribly slow and I don’t do well with slow pacing. So I didn’t really give them a second thought until a friend of mine listened to the audiobook. She went on and on about how amazing it was. Then when the movie was released she had no one to go with and since I’m such an awesome friend I went with her. Even though I did not want to. I even complained about it on Twitter. I also found out it was almost 3 hours long after we were already at the theater. (It was the 9:00 show too…)
Now that I have given you that long back story let me tell you that was utterly enthralled by 20 minutes into the movie. I remember thinking ‘Now I’m going to have to take back all those things I said on Twitter ’cause this is spectacular.’ It really, really was. I saw the movie again 2 days later and then bought book 1 and 2 the next day. I’m hooked obviously.
So now that I’ve read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo do you want to hear my thoughts? Everyone said the book is sloooow. They even said that it takes 200 pages to stop being boring. That is all very true. I don’t know if the fact that I saw the movie first made it more or less boring for me. That doesn’t really make sense…See I knew the book was going to get incredible it just takes awhile to get there. I definitely think that it’s worth it in the end.
I read the book while reading other books. That’s not something that I do often but I think it’s a good approach for this one. It does take about 200 pages to hook you but when it does…Wow! The mystery is so so compelling and even a tad bit creepy. I think that it’s one of the best I have ever read. Lisbeth Salander is amazing. Ahhhmazing. Mikel was okay…I liked him better in the movie–probably because it was Daniel Craig. I can’t wait to read book two and find out more about Lisbeth. (Side note: Mara Rooney is nominated for best actress for her role as Lisbeth and it is well deserved)
I knew before watching the movie that there are some graphic scenes. Namely a rape scene. It is graphic but I think it’s much more graphic in the movie, oddly enough. I’ve never been bothered by stuff like that so it really wasn’t an issue for me.
Overall, I do recommend the book. Yeah, it’s really slow in the beginning but the mystery surrounding Harriet Vanger and the compelling character that is Lisbeth Salander make it worth the read.