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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This was finally in stock at Netflix. Lisa proclaims it "watchable, but not enjoyable," which I think is a fair summary.

Some thoughts of my own:

* If I hadn't just read this review lamenting the Mary-Sueism of the book series (via nihilistic_kid ), I'd have been baffled by Lisbeth's attraction to Mikael. As it is, it's kind of interesting to contemplate how the story could be rewritten to make the relationship plausible. I suspect most of the workable ideas would involve making things even more psychologically disturbing than they already are.

* I realize that part of being a sociopath is believing the rules don't apply to you, but still, if you're a sadistic parole officer bent on sexually abusing one of your charges, you might want to pay attention to the description in her file of what happened to the last guy who did that.

* I think Swedish law should be softer on libel and tougher on Nazis.

* ...but still, if I had to go to prison, Sweden seems like it'd be a good place to do it. Private cells with laptop computers, cool.

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akirlu
Sep. 18th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
If I hadn't just read this review lamenting the Mary-Sueism of the book series (via [info]nihilistic_kid ), I'd have been baffled by Lisbeth's attraction to Mikael.

I'm guessing you've not paid much attention to how relationships develop in research universities or on movie sets then.

Also, Lisbeth was not sexually abused by the man she set on fire.



mleiv
Sep. 23rd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wow - the review and the response in the comments section are enough to make me never read a popular book again. I especially love how people instantly associate dislike of a badly-written fad book as elitism. I am not elite. Most of my reading is in the juvenile fantasy racks. My favorite authors are Diana Wynne Jones and Barbara Hambly. This is not snobbery. It is simply knowing that there is better writing out there - just as accessible, but more imaginative, more vivid, more heartfelt, and more impactful. I am amazed at the crap people keep recommending to me as the best thing they've ever read. I usually think, "Seriously?!? What have you been reading? Microsoft manuals?" Although kudos to my friend Joey who recommended you (Ruff) and Scarlet Thomas. Some of that snobby elitist literature can be good too. (:
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