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Millennium-trilogy

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 With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer.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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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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I have just read 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' It is a wonderful read.I slowed right down towards the finish, even though it got so exciting, because I didn't want it to end.I had only seen the film of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' but now I have bought the book to read. Larsson has created such a complex, violent and anti-social character and yet I feel so fond of her. He was truly a genius to be able to create such a character. I can't wait to get the third part of the trilogy.

- Edna Williams, 7 July 2014

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This was one of the most exciting series I have ever read and all the movies were fabulous....actually stayed true to the books.

- , 13 June 2014

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I saw the first film first, then read the book.The film was a great adaptation but the book was better. It was the swedisch fim I saw.Recently the second one was screened on telly here in australiia and I thouroughly enjoyed it. Picked up the book for this one as well. Now the waiting for the third one to be screened, will buy the book beforehand. A gifted writer left this life too soon.Wiil not bother to look at the yankee version of it they never get it.

- tabu49@optusnet.com.au, 16 May 2014

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i have read the first book . "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", and i realy liked that it was the greaest book i ever read

- marinelaprenga@outlook.com, 15 May 2014

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Absolutely outstanding!!

- Stephanie.Ferrell630@gmail. com, 29 April 2014

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Stieg Larsson was mentally disturbed, radical left-wing LOSER. If you want to have a look into the mentally ill fantasy world of White, left-wing FREAKS, then read his silly books. The world is a better place without Stieg.

- Donald, 12 April 2014

get a life fool, the books are fiction

- Tracee, 3 May 2014

Donald you are truly a low human being. I agree with Tracee, get a life.

- Ally, 31 May 2014

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16 march 2014...... I start the the first book, and leave it with the 2 others for few monts, then i saw the 6 swedish film in french.So I start to read the second book, return tom the first and finally the third. Today I feel sad and I mist Millenium.I am not interested to see the english movie. But the french serie of 6 films complete the 3 books of the exellent Millenium of Larsson.

- maud roy, 16 Mars 2014

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the books are just great l enjoyed the suspence wooow nyc

- delaine kanda, 25 February 2014

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