Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book into Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

TITLE:                                            The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
AUTHOR:                                      Stieg Larsson
Date Finished:                               December 31, 2011
Should you BUY or BORROW: It is personal library worthy BUY IT!

The first book to movie of the year is:

Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan (from Amazon

It took me over 12 days to read this book.  I could have read the book quicker, but the first 200 pages were a chore to get through.  However once I got through those pages.  The story picked up and it was amazing!  There were so many twists and turns that I could not put it down nor believed what I was reading.  I will be honest, during the first 200 pages, I really wanted to put the book down, but I am a stickler for reading the book of a movie that is coming out and the trailer for this movie really caught my attention.  I am glad I continued through because the necessary background information was much needed in order to understand the dynamic of the Vanger family.  

Based in Sweden, to say that the Vanger family is dysfunctional would be an understatement!  During what I would call a family reunion slash business meeting, a family member by the name of Harriet disappeared.  Forty years later her uncle, Henrik Vanger, has been on a search to find out what happened to her.  This is where Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist with nothing to lose and Lisbeth Salander, a young researcher with amazing abilities and the capability to kill comes into the picture.  Throughout their search for the truth, they also uncover years of disturbing revelations. 

This was the first book that I could not put down, but was too scared to continue reading (I advised not to read this book home alone after midnight if you are past page 350 LOL).  The details of certain events were so clear in my head I felt that I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds. I had vivid imagery in my head and I hope that it lives up to the movie or vice versa.  This was not your normal “who did it”.  Every time a mystery was solved, it brought along another question! 

I will warn you, there will be some disturbing incidents and a theme of gruesome crimes against women throughout the book.  THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!  So if you are interested in world history, mental illness, racism, incest, rape, murder, corporate corruption and ethics of journalism…..then this book is for you.  Now after reading it and finding it quite enjoyable, I understand why it has such hype to it, but it’s not one of the best suspenseful/thriller books I have ever read.  Its okay.  There are some points in the book that got on my nerves and characters that just plainly got on my last nerve (Berger).  All in all, I will give it 4 out of 5.  I am curious to find out what happens to Salander so I will be reading the next book in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

The movie really stuck to the book which I am pleasantly surprised about.  However by sticking to the storyline of the book, the movie was really long.  I cannot remember exactly how long the movie was (and I am too lazy to google it at this time), but I do know that it was more than 2 hours.  Nevertheless, I never got bored with it.  It kept my attention the entire way through,and I was surprise that they showed the rape scene (sorry for the spoiler), but they did clean up the incest a little bit for the movie.  There was one small negative that I had with the movie and that was that they gave away some information that was in the second book of this three book series.  I was kind of upset about it, but not enough to give the movie a bad rating.

There was no one in the movie that I felt should not have played their character.  However if I have one criticism for Daniel Craig, the gentleman who played Mikael Blomkvist, it would be that he was just too damn handsome for the part.  I pictured an average middle age man who just so happened to be cute.  I definitely did not picture a handsome middle age man with a body of steel. As for the lady who played Lisbeth Salander, Rooney Mara did an excellent job with the character and not once did she make me feel that she was playing a part in the movie.  Ms. Mara is deserving all the praise she is receiving this award season. 

My verdict: Read the BOOK and the MOVIE!!

So there we have it, the book and the movie!!  Please feel free to leave a comment below telling me how you enjoyed the movie and book and which one you preferred over the other. 

Have a great day everyone!


MoniqueReads said...

Your review makes me want to read this. I really wish this wasn't a series. I have a no-starting-new-series resolution this year. Maybe next year.

Alexa said...

I only saw the movie because normally adult mystery thriller books just bore me because I'm use to the faster pacing of Teen and Adult Romance.

I'm really glad that you enjoyed the book and the movie.

I personally loved the movie, it was the best one that I saw in all of 2011.

Book Snob Wannabe said...

@MoniqueReads: Definitely add this series to your 2013 TBR list! You will not be disappointed.