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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 With them, Stieg Larsson signed a contract of three books, an exceptional opportunity for an unpublished writer.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.

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I have not read any of the books, but I am have all 3 films. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.. intriguing. I am part way into the the second film, The Girl Who Played with Fire,.... I purposely stopped, watching... because I know when I finish the trilogy, there will be that lonely, letdown feeling. I am so drawn into the storyline and characters and I want to make it last as long as it can. This writing is excellent and the acting is grand!

- Pat Pfister, 14 February 2011

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I've read the Millennium trilogy a few times - and each time I enjoy it. Sadly the movies don't do it justice; as an aspie I can really identify with Lisbeth's character - and some of the sh*t she's had to put up with.

- Magnüs Blødvik, 10 February 2011

I must admit though, Noomi Rapace plays a great Lisbeth.

- Magnüs Blødvik, 10 February 2011

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Read all three book while on holiday in Egypt, coulds not put them down, and I don't normally read these kind of books!!

So sad he did not live to write anymore!!

Being swedish I wish we had more writers like him!

- Ann J H Johansson, 7 February 2011

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Larsson is a sick minded genius!

no words can describe the respect I feel towards him, I still haven't read the second and third book of the series. However The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was mind blowing, the events and stories within the overall plot were so meticulously written, and obviously researched that I questioned whether this novel was fiction or non-fiction.

I am truly amazed, the Shakespeare of this generation, scratch that, not even Shakespeare can write such a novel.

- Rana'a Madani- Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, 6 February 2011

I certainly agree with this comment I'm sure if my cherished Stiegie was alive he would have been proud as well. I'm both perplexed and proud to hear of people from the Arab world reading Stieg's novels...

- E, always greatful, 8 February 2011

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I am blest to have a job that involves traveling 45 weeks a year so I spend a lot of time on flights - perfect for an avid reader. I go back and forth from fiction to non-fiction (mainly history, bios, etc.) Since I only noticed women reading Tattoo I didn't pay much attention until my DIL's father told me how good it was. By then my wife was into the 2nd book and after reading Tattoo I got her Hornet's Nest for Christmas, which of course I had to borrow and read before she did. Lisbeth is one of most intriguing characters I've ever met, and the letdown of finishing the trilogy is akin to that experienced following The Rings Trilogy. How tragic to lose such a gifted and unassuming author. I'm looking forward to seeing both the Swedish films and the US Tattoo when it comes out but of course they can never do justice to the books in 2 or 3 hours on screen. What a fabulous ride!

- onehipdad, 4 February 2011

Thank you, I appreciate this comment.

- E, always greatful, 8 February 2011

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If you don't read these books you are damn fool,the books starts with many names and fact but continues to build speed till it's a full run and you can't put the book down.the first two ruined my vacation with my girlfriend, and there is still he'll to pay! Well worth it

- Thomas weidner, 3 February 2011

Yes, indeed..

- E, always greatful, 8 February 2011

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A must read for thriller lovers. Slow start but a page turner that was hard to put down after the first few chapers.

- Ann Thomas, Feb. 2011, 3 February 2011

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There has been a long time since I haven´t read such an outstanding novel!! You desire no end!!

- bibiana vidal, 30 January 2011

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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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