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DO NOT READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE IF YOU PLAN TO READ THE BOOKS...(they give some secrets away!)
Thank you for this! Unless Lisbeth is in it, I won’t be reading it but I do find some faults with the author's testimony about some of the book. While I would love to share with you all why I disagree with the author’s diagnosis of Blomkvist being less-than-masculine, I don't think this banter is blog-worthy. Ryan may get mad that we are discussing such apolitical non-sense during such tumultuous times!
Don't even get me started on what Dan Shaughnessy thinks about this trilogy nonsense.
Uh oh, you beat Ryan to his weekly Dan Shaughnessy reference. He's not going to be happy about that.
This is an outrage.
I've never been more upset in my life.
I don't know what the author is saying about the movies being better than the books. That is false. Also, a lot of the supposedly unnecessary detail does wrap up nicely at the end of the third book.
I loved the books and thought the films were outstanding. Actress captured Salander perfectly.
Yeah, I really liked the actress, but thought they left out/changed some things unnecessarily. The way Blomkist ends up in the basement in the first movie is pretty strange and not a necessary change. Blomkist never has an affair with Cecilia in the first movie either. The movies also don't go very deeply into Erika and Blomkist's relationship, and fail to even mention any of the names of their co-workers or Erika's husband. Some of the changes make sense for time purpose (having Anita Vanger be dead in the 1st movie, when in the book Plague tracks her down, then uses her to track down Harriet; leaving out Erika's move to a daily newspaper out of 3; leaving Lisbeth's Caribbean vacation and subsequent revenge on the abusive husband during the cyclone, etc.) I really liked them, just thought the books were better. Movies never seem to match up for me (except Harry Potter 7 pt. 1). How do you feel about Daniel Craig as Blomkist, and this girl as Lisbeth? http://joyhog.com/2010/10/11/rooney-mara-as-lisbeth-salander/
I don't see how she could be as good as Noomi Rapace. I think she and the movies got better as they went.
Not sure I want to see American version. Having read the books, one could follow the film in swedish without really paying attention to subtitles. Would they change the names of all those unpronouncable swedish places and streets?
Not sure, I'm pretty sure it's being filmed in Sweden though. Craig is too James Bond-y to me, but I think I will probably end up seeing them. Robin Penn will play Erika, which seems like a pretty good casting choice.
I agree, I thought it was strange that the author wrote that the movies were better than the books. I really liked when Salander traveled in the beginning of the second book and they completely left that out of the second movie! (I wish I could have the funds to take that kind of vacation). I like all of the little details in the book- the Billy Vans pizza and Salander's trips to Ikea that the author of the New Yorker article said were trivial Everyone should read the books this summer! On the American movie, I think Daniel Craig will be perfect, the girl casted as Salander from the Social Network is too delicate for the role...just one sassy woman's opinion
Plus they didn't include Lisbeth's near kidnapping, witnessed by Blomkist in # 2. I thought that was one of the best scenes in the book.
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