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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 With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer.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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the best books I ever read!!! kept me on the edge of my seat throughout!!

- Gayle Oliver, 27 January 2011

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While reading the third book, I kept wondering: whatever happened to Camilla? Who were the other two bodies they dug up? Did Erika Berger manage to keep away? Did Blomkvist and Figuerola break up because he couldn't help slutting around? :) And many other questions ... Man, it sucks we will never know ... maybe we'd get answers in books he was planning to write about Salander and Blomkvist.

It was a truly great reading. I couldn't put the books down.

- Dana C., 24 January 2011

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absoutely great reading,,,had trouble getting into the 1st book and then

could not read them fast enough, then had to call my sister in law, who

is also an avid reader and get them to her...she loved them also!!

I wish there were more!!

- marlys kinzler, 21 January 2011

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I am not sure about this but I have heard that he was actually writing a fourth book that was supposed to end the story but it was never finished.

- Johansson, 19 January 2011

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I began the book with much anticipation and was let down. The story dragged for the first 150 pages, picked up, and then got caught in a quagmire of too many characters (the never ending Vanger family tree) only to be absolutely stellar the last 40 pages or so. I only wish Stieg would've written with the fluidity and brilliance that tied the whole plot together in the final stretch. Unfortunately, my trilogy ends here.

- Tom T., 18 January 2011

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I've just finished the trilogy and it was very good! I thought the first book started slowly but from about half way though when the action started, it was non-stop till the last page of book 3! A real shame that we can't read more of these characters.

- Stephen, 18 January 2011

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I want more. Please.......! This is gonna drive me nuts

- zjohn, 12 January 2011

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Haven't enjoyed ficton in a while, as much as the Millenium series... engrossing read. Wish there were more in the series...

- Madhu, 12 January 2011

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Just finished the whole trilogy. Boy what a story! One of the most exciting, nailbiting and satifying finishes to a story in many a year. Once started could not put these books down. The plot, characters and twists and turns were brilliant. The translation was second to none. I really hope that someone can finish his 4th book. What a loss Larsson is to the literary world.

- Alan Smitheman, 12 January 2011

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what do you mean he's dead? NOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo! genius . . . what now?

- patykat, 10 January 2011

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