Sat. Oct 1st, 2022


“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is the first of the novel trilogy, otherwise known as the Millennium Series, by the late Swedish author and journalist, Stieg Larrson. The bestselling novel has sold over 21 million copies worldwide and has now been made into a motion picture, which will hit theaters Dec. 21.

The novel was first published in Swedish in February 2008 and has won numerous awards for its brilliantly crafted crime fiction and modernized twists. The main theme of the novel is violence against women, yet also criticizes investigative journalism and the corruption of big capital.

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” was first made into a Swedish film in early 2008. Director David Finch has created an American version, in hopes that the thriller is as suspenseful as the novel was.  The film will primarily mimic Larsson’s vision.

Mikael Blomkvist, played by Daniel Craig, is the publisher of a Swedish political magazine Millennium. The story begins as Blomkvist is being tried in court for a libel case against industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom, which he loses. He is sentenced to three months in prison and is ordered to pay a costly fee in damages. Months afterwards, Blomkvist is invited to meet with the retired CEO of the Vanger Corporation, Henrik Vanger. Blomkvist agrees and heads to a remote island in Sweden.

Blomkvist is offered a deal: he will gain information on Wennerstrom and will be given a financial award if he promises to write the Vanger family history and solve the mystery of Vanger’s great-niece’s, Harriet, disappearance. In desperate need of money, Blomkvist accepts the challenge, but makes no promises.

 He moves to Sweden and realizes that he needs help organizing the case, so decides to hire Lisbeth Salander, an unsocial punker and skillful computer hacker. The two begin unraveling the case, realizing that they are on the dangerous trail of a serial killer, who might still be roaming the island.

Throughout the novel, Salander is constantly harassed and taunted by her legal guardian, which adds to the violence of women. However, she proves to be a very strong, independent woman and ultimately becomes the heroine of the novel.

Larsson created a phenomenon through his novels, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire,”  and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.” They have become an immediate success due to Salander’s complex character and the chilling detective tale that keeps readers guessing.

So, do Blomkvist and Salander ever find out why Harriet disappeared or who the serial killer is? Read Larsson’s novel trilogy and then go see, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” when it hits theaters this December (this film is not yet rated).

 Jennifer Mika is a fifth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at

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