Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Millennium Series (#1-2) by Stieg Larsson

Millennium Series (#1-2) by Stieg Larsson
Published between 2005-2006
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I watched the US version of this movie years ago and honestly, it’s probably one of the few movies where I have only watched it once yet I can recall almost perfectly some of the scenes in the film.  So while I was reading the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I was able to pretty much recall each scene and compare it with the book.  And this was especially vital because I believe the narrator (I listened to this series via audiobook) had a slight accent and with some of the names sounding really similar (to me, at least), it was really important for me to remember who everyone was via the movie instead. 

However, that only worked with the first book…the second book gave me a much harder time and that’s actually one of the main reasons why I ended up dropping the third book.  The books also had really slow beginnings so with me being somewhat lost with all of the names and the sudden scene changes, I was usually confused once the action started to happen.  So by the time I reached the third book, I think my brain was really fatigued and I honestly wanted something a bit easier to listen to.  Who knows, I might end up picking up the third book again but I think it would have to be a physical copy instead. But I definitely want to watch the Sweden version of the movies soon (just saw that they are on Netflix so score!)!

As for the characters, I can really relate to Lisbeth or, at least, connect with her in terms of her own moral compass.  I can also really appreciate her personality – she’s quiet and reserved in some ways yet also incredibly ruthless if needed plus she is also a genius.  I can see why she doesn’t have any friends because no one really understands her or cares to even try so when they do try, such as Mikael, she is taken off guard and her walls comes up.  However, I do really enjoy the interactions they shared and how despite how much she pushes him away in the second book, he always tries his best to help her and his faith in her is solid.  Honestly, I absolutely enjoyed reading about these two characters. 

Overall, I do think that the books are solid but I would suggest reading them via a physical copy instead of audiobook versions.  For me, I think I will watch the movies first and then go back and finish the series with a better understanding of who everyone is. 


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