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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 With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer.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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what do you mean he's dead? NOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo! genius . . . what now?

- patykat, 10 January 2011

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I am not surprised that the author researched his work heavily. The intricacy of the plots and the inside knowledge of so many fields is as compelling as J.R.R. Tolkein's works. Love Lizbeth. I will be so sad to finish the last book.

- elena carles, 9 January 2011

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It's not often that I can't put a book down, but I read these far into the night. Couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. One of the best trilogies I have read. Wish It could go on, but glad Lizbeth is OK. So sad that we have lost a Great Author.

- Margo Lewis, 8 January 2011

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Read all three in three days. Awesome books.

- Lee Renshaw, 4 January 2011

Wow! You must be a speed reader! I admit that I read all three, but it took me a bit longer. My husband and I found we had to struggle through the first 60 pages or so to get a feel for the writing, probably because of the translation. But we absolutely loved all three! So mush so that we are sending them to a friend, and buying another set for my sister and another friend. Such a shame that we lost such a gifted writer, as I would be excited to read much more of his work Such a loss!

- Deb Quade, 8 January 2011

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Some of the characters I like - from the world of Stieg Larsson. Yet the detailed chapters of Swedish business and the political landscape in minute focus was enough to put me to sleep. Great action scenes and intrigue interspersed with humdrum factual monologues seem like a strange mix for such long-lived Bestsellers. Go figure!

- David Braybrooke, 4 January 2011

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I just watched the movie the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was great. Can't wait to read the other two books now.

- , 1 January 2011

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Hello there!

Can anybody send me a picture of Lisbeth Salander back tattoo. I want to make one like she as (the dragon's heads) and Ican't find a decent picture in the net.

carlamfonseca@sapo.pt

Thanks

- Carla, 30 December 2010

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The Millenium trilogy is perhaps the best books of a series that I had read, at the very least, in a long tiome. However, to appreciate the characters one must read "The girl with the Dragon Tattoo" first. I started with "The girl who played with fire" and had to discontinue my read as I could not easily follow the character develooment and story line. After reading "tatoo" everything was smooth sailing and enjoyable.

The books are page turners. When i completed the series I felt like I had lost friends. The series is a " Must " for detective story readers.

It amazed me that nothing seemed to be lost in the marvelous translation from swedish.

- Marilyn Carreras, 29 December 2010

I agree completely! I am glad I started withe the first book, because even then it took me 50 or 60 pages to ease into the language style and introduction of so many characters, and Swedish places and names.

I could not wait to get home each day to get back to reading!! LOVED all three, and feel like I have lost new friends. Deb Quade

- , 8 January 2011

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At first, I was skeptical of reading these books just because it was a genre that I normally did not get engulfed in, but a referral from a friend changed my mind. The series is magnificent and addicting, I literally could not stop reading and when I had to all I could do is wait in anxiety until I picked them up again. The books led me to watch the movies, which took the whole Millennium series to the next level. LOVED them and one day I hope to read the fourth installment.

- Ashlea, 28 December 2010

Are there movies of all the books? Are the characters the same as in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

- , 1 January 2011

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What was the cause of Steig Larsson's early death?

- Marion Grace, 26 December 2010

I read on wikipedia that he died of a heart attack

- Temi, 26 December 2010

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