the girl with the dragon tattoo

Booking Through Thursday: Pet Peeve

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“What are your literary “pet peeves”?

I hate stupid characters in general but nothing irks me more than stupid heroines always walking into dangerous situations, relying on others to solve their problems and generally whining about their situation.

I dislike pretty, wallflower type heroines. For example, Celia Harland in At the Villa Rose by A.E.W. Mason. The only redeeming quality this character seems to have is being ‘dainty’ and ‘pretty’.

I dislike the use of excessively detailed violence and unnecessary sex scenes. The ‘Millennium Trilogy’  by Stieg Larsson is guilty on both accounts. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest all contain a lot of  unnecessary and in the end rather lame sex scenes. The explicit sexual violence, especially in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, left me feeling violated.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I read Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy about two years ago before I started this blog. I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book but I had already acquired the next two books in the trilogy. Due to my ‘terrible’ habit of having to finish what I start I had to read them too. Seriously, why do I do this to myself? Anyway, now that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie is coming out I have decided to share this review I wrote two years ago. Enjoy (or not!)!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (or Män som hatar kvinnor in Swedish) is the posthumous best-seller by Stieg Larsson. It is the first book in his Millennium Trilogy.

The central mystery is essentially very unsettling and brutal. Also, the sexual assault and torture scenes are graphic and made me nauseous. I agree that some of it is an integral part of the story and just had to be described but some rather explicit sexual violence which are not a part of the main mystery could have been left out.

I didn’t really feel interested in all the rather lengthy discussion on investment, fraudulence; etc at the beginning of the book. I mostly skimmed through Wennerström and Minos and all that.

Then there are the descriptions of various gadgets Blomkvist and Salander use, the foods they eat and what they drink! To say that these are extensive would be an understatement.

I didn’t really care for the relationship between Blomkvist and Berger or between him and Salander. The relationship between Blomkvist and Cecilia serves no other purpose than to describe some rather lame sex scenes. Blomkvist seems to sleep around with every woman present in the story!

The last 100 or so pages were entertaining. That is the part of the book that I enjoyed.

I rather enjoyed the thriller-like parts of the book but all the boring financial talk, a whole lot of unnecessary sex and especially a graphic  sexual assault kind of put me off. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is violent and lame at the same time. Odd combination in my opinion. I won’t recommend it to anyone.

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