Yes, read all the books, in rather quick succession. Definitely violent. It was probably just the mood (hubby brought home the dvd to watch that night and I really wasn't in the mood for this kind of film. I think it is definitely a mood kind of thing for me) and I found I kept being irritated with how the film differed from the book. Understandable, of course, that the film would make some simplifications, etc. Usually, I can overlook it for the sake of enjoying the film but in this one I could not. Don't get me wrong: the acting is really good. I also think that the film and book both rely on a lot of motivation from a 'secret' part of the government to justify what happened to Lisbeth and what happens in the movie. I found this very unsatisfying--difficult to follow, and honestly, not terribly realistic. As far as the film goes, part of it was lost, I am sure, in translation from Swedish to English subtitles.
I have extremely mixed feelings about the books and films. On one hand, the Lisbeth character is one of the most interesting and compelling I have encountered in a long time. But at the same time, he veers into creating in Lisbeth an weird and unpleasant male fantasy: she's brilliant and beautiful in a weird way, physically very tiny--almost childlike in her build- but very strong--she can kick some serious ass--yet can be raped! By just your average middle aged bureaucrat--no need to be physically imposing. Just perverted.
I think I am just done with reading or watching anything that depicts a female character as a rape victim, being raped, abused, etc. until men start writing about exactly what it is that makes (some) men feel entitled to rape women. Lisbeth likes stereotypical male interests: computers, motorcycles, martial arts. She likes having sex with men or women and is not afraid to take the lead. She's not cuddly or into emotional bonding, so there's none of that worry about post coital affection or really any sort of affection or being asked to fulfill any of her emotional needs. She doesn't share them. OH: and when she acquires a lot of money, she goes out and gets a boob job. Def. a dream girl for a certain type of man.
The original title of the first book was Men who Hate Women (I think) and to be honest, on a certain surely unintentional way, I think this is what all of the books are about: hating women.
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