General chatter - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - why can't I get into this book?




Glory87
09-08-2010, 10:33 AM
Everyone raves about this book. It's on all the best seller lists, they're making it into a movie starting Daniel freakin' Craig!

I'm about 100 pages in and I am so bored. He is in a cold little village, he's eating sandwiches, none of the other characters are interesting.

Right now, it's my guaranteed to make me fall asleep book, I read about 15 pages a night, and then I pass out.

Can anyone let me know why I should stick with it?


kittycat40
09-08-2010, 10:52 AM
It does start slow, but then you'll want to continue. That's how it happened for me. I wondered what the big deal was... then I found out.

Shopaholic1204
09-08-2010, 10:59 AM
The book is very slow to get into. I was bored out of my mind too. The financial stuff is HORRIBLY boring!!! I dunno why that was even important. But once Lisbeth starts helping Bloomvist, things get a lot better. Trust me. The Girl Who Played with Fire was A LOT better. I couldnt make it through the last book though. I was bored to tears, and spent 3 weeks trying to finish it. I just read the last chapter and gave up on it.

As for the movie..I'm very against it being made. I thought the Swedish version was excellent!! It stuck closely to the book. The girl who played Lisbeth was spot on. I don't think I will see the new version. I'm waiting for Played with Fire to come out on itunes so I can rent it.


hhichick
09-08-2010, 11:01 AM
We just rented the Swedish version and it was very good!! Not yet read the book but I'd def recommend sticking with it a bit more.

Shopaholic1204
09-08-2010, 11:05 AM
I personally think you can watch the movie and then just go right into the 2nd book. The movie skips all the boring stuff.

guamvixen
09-08-2010, 11:12 AM
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who can't get into this book. I was so excited about it, and it has become the book that sits on top of the toilet for anyone to read who can find more interest in it than me. Maybe I will watch the movie that's already out. I only got to MAYBE page 30 if that. (Sad thing, the magazines by the toilet still get more play than that book!!)

alinnell
09-08-2010, 01:17 PM
Jen~I was like you and had an extremely hard time getting into this book. The worst part for me was remembering all the names! They're so similar to each other and I kept getting confused. And it was so slow. And boring. And you have to stick with it. It gets better, although I have to say it is way past the half-way mark. Books two and three are even better, but if you don't know the stories behind the characters (which you get in book 1) you won't understand what drives them.

Or rent the movie (it's on Netflix ondemand so you can watch it on your computer). It's violent and it does skip the superfluous stuff, but you have to read the subtitles. I'm not convinced that the American version movie will do the book justice.

Fressca
09-08-2010, 02:17 PM
I am SO GLAD to hear that people other than me don't get this book. I finished it, because I can't not finish a book, but it was torture :eek:

Shopaholic1204
09-08-2010, 02:35 PM
I'm not convinced that the American version movie will do the book justice.

I agree. I don't see why they need to make an American version.

Rashomon
09-08-2010, 05:22 PM
The first book is hard to get into because it starts so slow, but it really picks up about 150 pages in. The second book is really good and the third book is cathartic.

Glory87
09-11-2010, 12:37 PM
Ohmygod, on page two hundred it FINALLY got interesting. I thought the ending was kinda eh, but so glad to be done with that!

Spoiler below - white text, just highlight to read. Don't read if you are sensitive!

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I was a little amused the book went from NOTHING going on to a anal rape with a butt plug. Just seemed a little out of the blue?
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Fressca
09-11-2010, 12:47 PM
Ohmygod, on page two hundred it FINALLY got interesting. I thought the ending was kinda eh, but so glad to be done with that!

Spoiler below - white text, just highlight to read. Don't read if you are sensitive!

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I was a little amused the book went from NOTHING going on to a anal rape with a butt plug. Just seemed a little out of the blue?
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Had to laugh at this ^^, SO true!

therex
09-11-2010, 01:45 PM
I agree. I don't see why they need to make an American version.

A lot of Americans don't like subtitles. It's unfortunate that a lot of these great foreign films are being made into really crappy English films. I was so disappointed to hear that Let the Right One In is now an English film; it was already good!

Ruthxxx
09-11-2010, 02:04 PM
Just finished it and agree that the /businessfinancial stuff was a drag during the first part. Who knew?

traveling michele
09-11-2010, 02:20 PM
I've got the book on my nightstand to start. Glad to know that it may be slow to get into-- that way I won't give up on it. Actually dh took it with him on his overseas trip and he returns tonight. I'll be curious to see if he read it and what he thought before I give it a whirl!

alinnell
09-11-2010, 03:38 PM
I'm glad you stuck with it!!! You'll be much happier with books 2 and 3, and you'll understand a lot more of them because you stuck with it!

Shopaholic1204
09-12-2010, 03:01 PM
A lot of Americans don't like subtitles. It's unfortunate that a lot of these great foreign films are being made into really crappy English films. I was so disappointed to hear that Let the Right One In is now an English film; it was already good!

Are Americans too lazy to read? You don't even notice it by the middle of the movie.

Fressca
09-12-2010, 03:03 PM
I'm glad you stuck with it!!! You'll be much happier with books 2 and 3, and you'll understand a lot more of them because you stuck with it!

Gosh, I was so put off by the first one I didn't intend to read the others. They're good?

Glory87
09-12-2010, 04:15 PM
Yeah, I'm in no rush to read the next one. The first book felt more like an ordeal (first boring, then sadistic) than a pleasure read!

alinnell
09-12-2010, 09:44 PM
Books two and three are not as sadistic and they aren's as an ordeal to read, either.

Shopaholic1204
09-13-2010, 12:26 PM
Book 3 was an ordeal for me. It just dragged on and on.

guamvixen
09-13-2010, 03:42 PM
Ok, I ended up seeing the movie. All I can say is "WOW" That poor girl. I couldn't even focus on the mystery b/c I was in awe with how much she had to go through. I doubt any American version will be as good as that one was. :)

alinnell
09-13-2010, 03:46 PM
Ok, I ended up seeing the movie. All I can say is "WOW" That poor girl. I couldn't even focus on the mystery b/c I was in awe with how much she had to go through. I doubt any American version will be as good as that one was. :)

Did you see the second movie? It's amazing that this actress is married and has children! She really gets into her character!

southernbelle102
09-13-2010, 03:52 PM
I saw the first movie and am reading the second book... I love them. They aren't for the faint hearted though!

dancerindenver
09-13-2010, 04:54 PM
Too funny girls! I had the same reaction with the first book - if I hadn't been told to stick with it by others who have read it, I would never have made it past the boring financial section. Don't you wonder what made the agent/editor keep going the first time they read it in manuscript form? I would have had it in the 'no way' pile right away. Interesting that some/most aren't loving the third one. I don't think I'll rush out to get it then.

guamvixen
09-13-2010, 05:21 PM
Did you see the second movie? It's amazing that this actress is married and has children! She really gets into her character!


I didn't know there was a second movie! MAN I"VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK! I see the movie isn't released till the end of October. How did you see it?

alinnell
09-13-2010, 07:09 PM
I didn't know there was a second movie! MAN I"VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK! I see the movie isn't released till the end of October. How did you see it?

It's the third movie that's being released at the end of October.

quietstorm970
09-14-2010, 08:44 PM
I'm glad I saw this! I bought this a few weeks ago so I will keep this in mind once I crack it open.

Cookc04
09-22-2010, 10:33 AM
Personally - I would recommend you don't read the trilogy, it's basically demented, and you don't need that crap in your life. It goes from reasonably boring, to demented suddenly, and then you are stuck reading all 3 books to get closure.