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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo....

I can understand the hype around The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is a great book, a thriller in the vein of Silence of the Lambs. That said, I didn't LOVE it...Like Silence of the Lambs this book could definitely put a person off. There was a lot of violence and abuse throughout the novel although truthfully the author did a very good job tempering the necessary gore rather than either glossing it over or gratuitously expanding upon it. I did find Lisbeth compelling but wasn't walking away thinking WOW what an amazing character. I trust that her part is expanded upon in the two other novels in the series. The movie will be released in a few weeks. I doubt I'll bother seeing it in the theatre - maybe a rental though. Depending on how well the screenplay was adapted and how decent a job the cast does, it will either be absolutely brilliant or, potentially, one of the worst movies ever (if they choose to focus on the wrong aspects of the novel, that is). As I read the novel I had difficulty seeing Daniel Craig as Mikael...he just doesn't seem the part for me. I think after watching AGoT I kept picturing Nikolaj (AGoT's Jaime Lannister) as Mikael. OK so maybe he is a little young (not really) but I couldn't shake the image and that is how I continue to picture Mikael. I doubt I am the only person who envisions actors/actresses as characters as I read books?? It happens sometimes, not always though. It did in this case.

Since I haven't seen any movies with Rooney Mara I was satisfied with her casting as Lisbeth. It's a role for a fresh face actress that doesn't come with a lot of baggage. From the names that were being bantered about before the movie was made (Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Ellen Page, Scarlett Johanssen, Kristen Stewart), I doubt I would buy any of these girls/women as Lisbeth even though most of them are excellent actresses. Ah, Christopher Plummer (as Henrik Vanger) and Stellan Skarsgard (as Martin Vanger) will be brilliant...although really Sean Bean should have been in this movie. Frankly, Sean Bean should be in just about any movie. 

I would like to eventually read the other two novels in this series...but not yet. It was the plot of this specific novel that made me want to read it - again, the whole Silence of the Lambs suspense mixed with a bit of an Agatha Christie whodunnit. Right now I would like to reread The Mists of Avalon. I've only read it straight through twice but I've reread countless sections of it...especially that scene when Gwenwyfar is introduced to Morgaine and Lancelot (the personal memories come back to haunt me...*shudders*). This will be my first reread on the ereader so you can count on a lot of highlights and annotations to follow...LOL.
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Usually the movies aren't as good as the books. Harry Potter first movie was good to watch just to see it all come to life but it pretty much went downhill after that. I did like the third movie though - great directing, great casting with Lupin and Sirius Black.
I read the first two books, and saw the movies. Thought the first movie was okay, and the book was better. But the second film blew me away. I think I suddenly 'got' Lisbeth Salander during that film. She was so unlike any female character I had ever come across before, I couldn't relate to her at all during the first film. And while I thought the films were both great, I enjoyed the books much better. The situations were much more harrowing and compelling in the books, IMO.
I haven't watched any of the films but I really had no problem relating to Lisbeth...in fact she seemed rather normal for me but I guess I'm a little out there myself sometimes. The books are almost always better than the movies. I'm just curious to see how the American version of this movie will turn out.
Yes, I can't wait for the American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to come out, although I find the US remakes usually manage to dilute the intensity or other qualities somehow. :/ But I'm still looking forward to seeing this film. :)