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EW Cover: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

0 Comments 13 November 2011

Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The girl wrapped around the guy who plays Bond

This cover is exactly what I’ve been afraid of ever since I heard that David Fincher was making the American version of the Swedish best sellers. How very dare he subordinate the girl to the he-man? The title of the books is THE GIRL with the dragon tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander is the main character, the through line. She is definitely no ingenue! I read the first book when it came out in America, and then was so impatient that I ordered the next two from Amazon UK. Her story is a shocking journey that ranges from the highly personal to a scandal capable of taking down a corrupt government. Salander does not need to clutch at the chest of a man, as she’s represented here. My concern has always been that she was too much woman for Fincher to handle. International audiences have been eating her character up; will Hollywood smother her in ketchup, add ground beefcake, and insists it tastes the same?

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