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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 With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer.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 read the girl who played with fire. Great book. It keeps your attention through out. Larsson gives great insight in to his characters and keeps you holding your breath from beginning to end.

- , 31 July 2015

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"I'm not a big reader" is an Understatement! Until 2 months ago i have never really read a book and i just had my 50th birthday.

Maybe it's part of a midlife crisis idk but i love to read the Millennium Trilogy.

I saw the original movies (but hated the American version) some years ago and my wife had bought the books so they were lying on the shelf, looking at me..

They made me wonder why i never read a book, but now i know.

I'm just stupid.

So weird to discover all of this at the age of 50.

The same happened with my Asperger, took me 37 years to find out what was wrong with me.;)

Now i'm halfway in the third part, already wondering about the next book i would like to read....i think it's going to be a disappointment with the Stieg standard as my only reference.

- John Rossy, 11 July 2015

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Stieg story lines are complex and gripping. Most impressively they "break the mould" in presenting us not only with a female hero who is unconventional in her lifestyle, but who is emotionally disturbed. She is convincing as someone with PTSD (and I know because I have same condition) and also Aspergers ?

Survivors see themselves reflected positively in her courage alongside vulnerability. PTSD is a "normal reaction to an abnormal situation" We see Lisbeth catatonic from flashbacks, acting out emotional extremes of alternatively rage and fear. Her phobic mistrust of authority figures is very much in keeping with the pattern from childhood trauma. Unfortunenately common reality, the pattern is both accurate and its impact also recognisable.

Stieg did all childhood abuse victims a great service as well as giving us a great read well worthy of the success.

- wildsage, 1 April 2015

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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 !

- hansjgdelange@gmail.com, 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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