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The Millennium-trilogy consist of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire", and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest".

A well prepared debutant

Stieg Larsson began thinking about writing detective novels back in the early 90's, according to co-worker Anna-Lena Lodenius in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Veckans Affärer. He had always been interested in particularly Anglo-Saxon literature and knew the works of Elizabeth George, Minette Walters and Sara Paretsky very well. He knew what ingredients a good detective story should have, and he even reluctantly decided to spice it up with a bit of sex as it would probably please his readers.

A regrettable refusal

As for his work as a journalist, his preparations for the series were thorough. Before he started writing, he had made a detailed synopsis for ten books. He started writing in 1997, and it was not until he had finished the first two books and had the third one under way that he contacted a publisher in the summer of 2003. His first contact was with publisher Piratförlaget, which refused his script twice, perhaps the biggest mistake in Swedish publishing history. Instead, it was the publisher Nordstedts which got the opportunity to sign him in late 2003. With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer. The publishing rights were also bought by German and Norwegian publisher before it was even published in Sweden. During 2004 Stieg Larsson made minor adjustments to his two finished books and finished the third. When he died in November 2004, it was only a few months before the first book of the Millennium-series was released to the Swedish audience and became an immediate success.

Pippi Longstocking as a source of inspiration

Kenneth Ahlborn, a former colleague of Stieg's at TT, says in an interview with Veckans Affärer that Stieg got the idea for the character Lisbeth Salander after a discussion during a break from work. They were talking about how different characters from children's books would manage and behave if they were alive and grown up. Stieg especially liked the idea about a grown up Pippi Longstocking, a dysfunctional girl, probably with attention deficit disorder who would have had a hard time finding a regular place in the "normal society", and he used part those characteristics when he created lisbeth Salander.

Screen versions of the trilogy

It early became clear that the very popular books would be made in screen versions. In 2008 production began in Sweden, and the three books was shot back-to-back into three movies during the  following year. The three movies were given the same names as the books. In the Swedish versions, male actor Michael Nyqvist plays Michael Blomkvist, while Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander. 

Meanwhile the books were a major hit all over the world and it did not take long for Hollywood to see the huge potential in the thrilogy. The legal rights for the novels were set between Columbia Pictures, Stieg Larssons brothers and father and Yellow Bird, the production company behind the swedish films. Production was put on a fast track and the the search to fill the roles started.

In the end Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were casted as leads playing Lisbeth Salander and Michael Blomkvist.

Read more about the films here

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I just reread The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Good books keep you hooked. Great books keep you hooked long after you've put them down because there's so much to think about. This was a great book, and I'm thinking about human predators, how sinister Bjurman is to rape the vulnerable person he was supposed to protect, how neither laissez faire nor brother government seem effective, whether evil is generated by evil people (Lisbeth) or whether people become evil through infection from significant people(Blomkvist).

- Barbara K Freeman, 19 Mars 2015

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actually it made my sense in politic being wide due to stieg larson depict all misconception given by leaders.

- john mutoro, 18 Mars 2015

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Have not seen the movies but have read all of Stieg millennium trilogy and enjoyed every word. Look forward to the book by David Lagercrantz , hope it's in the same style as Stieg, the book I think is called " That Which Does not kill"

- Barney Sewell (UK), 9 Mars 2015

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hans jg de lange the netherlands.

Saw again the three amazing movies. I think they are the best I ever saw. Great actors, I'm still so impressed by Noomi Rapace & Michael Nyqvist ....

Sweden. A country of great actors & writers !

-, 9 Mars 2015

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Absolutely amazing books. Loved the characters and the mystery. Movie was great. Cannot wait for the next two.

- Sherry Anderson, 5 Mars 2015

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It's great fun working to understand the aspects of swedish society and political history that underly the stories. For instance the name V.Kulla on Lisbeth's apartment takes you to Pippi Longstocking's Villa Villekulla which carries allusions to girls and to historic rebels. I think that you'd have to be born Swedish to get all the books' under currents.

- Ray DaCosta, 23 February 2015

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I have recently see the Swedish version of the movie 'Men who hate women', and I was very impressed by de storyline and the prestations of the actors.

I'm looking forward to the second and third film.

- J.P. Gerretsen, 20 January 2015

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What i feel would be great is if somebody talented could finish writing the whole 10 book series.

I hate having to reread the series.......

- Eileen Trout, 2 January 2015

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Just finished 'The Girl Who Played With Fire"... missed lots of sleep reading it. Now I am onto finding The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. More missed sleep. Great story, great read.. makes you want more.

Sandi from CT

- , 14 August 2014

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I have just finished reading The Girl Who Played with Fire"It was a super read.I felt I was eating the pages yet I did not want it to end..

To be able to create a character like Lisbeth Salander is true genius.....

Now I am starting The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest"...

- Maria McLachlan, 18 July 2014

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