Shah Rukh Khan loves it. So does Mario Vargas Llosa. A look at what has made Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy a global phenomenon
Lisbeth Salander is clearly not one of your likeable, marketable girls-next-door — the sort of character that's made for Cameron Diaz or Reese Witherspoon. Instead, she is an antisocial punk with a major image problem. The Swedish government considers her "mentally incompetent". The media believes that she is a psycho Lesbian Satanist. Her acquaintances describe her as "the girl with two brain cells". And even ardent supporters admit that she is "very lonely and odd".
Nevertheless, when this unprepossessing detective rode into our lives atop her Kawasaki in 2005 — nine tattoos, pierced tongue, photographic memory and all — she made an unexpected impact in the overpopulated world of crime fiction. Within months The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had kicked and hacked her way onto the bestseller lists. And the chunky mystery book set in Sweden soon attracted awards and attention.
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