Why 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Is Hurting Women
My first encounter with Lisbeth Salander was a Facebook status. In case you've been under a rock for a while, Salander is the heroine of the new film based on the New York Times best-selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by the late Swedish author Steig Larsson. The Facebook status had a young woman reading the book, proclaiming her own likeness to Salander. My immediate reaction, though I knew nothing at that point about the book or the character, was "uh oh"— for wannabes seldom want the right be.
I didn't add Dragon to my already long reading list, but the recent release of the U.S. film adaptation offered a promising girls' night out after a long bout of end-of-semester grading. Promise delivered. The movie was entertaining, if dark and rough, but not one I'd see again. To me, the most intriguing part of the story was Salander, who apparently has ignited a new obsession among moviegoers now joining longtime fans of the books. One website has compiled a lengthy list of the contradictory ...1